Although not a stone’s throw away, these lakes are most definitely worth the trek. From warm African waters to glacial melts in Northern America; here are 9 breathtaking lakes that you don't want to miss out on.
1. Lake Tahoe, USA
This 2-million-year-old lake is situated 2/3 in California and 1/3 in Nevada. Not only does the water appear to be crystal clear, it is also 99.994% pure- so grab a cup and drink up buttercup!
2. Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Surrounded by flora and fauna covered valleys under towering volcanoes, Lake Atitlán is believed to be the “bellybutton of the world” with ancient powerful energy that runs through the area. Energy or not, this lake and its surrounding charismatic villages create a vibe that does not go unfelt.
3. Lake Malawi, East African Rift
A lesser travelled destination of peace and quiet, without traffic jams and the usual hustle and bustle of city life. Grab your snorkels and goggles and enjoy this magnificent freshwater lake with no one else but the welcoming locals. Make sure to keep an eye out for hippos, warthogs, and crocodiles.
4. Peyto Lake, Canada
If you’re thinking this is just another typically over-edited photo hoping to be “insta-worthy”, think again. Ancient glaciers surrounding the lake melt “glacial dust” into this lake each summer. When touched by the sun, the dust radiates a crystal blue giving Peyto Lake its famous piercing turquoise hue.
5. Loch Duich, Scotland
If you’re in need of both a nature and medieval fix while in the UK, accessible only by a stone bridge, the Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most serene and charming scenes you’ll find.
6. Lake Matheson, New Zealand
We all know how beautiful New Zealand is but have you come across Lake Matheson before? Backdropped by Mount Cook (NZ's tallest mountain) and Mount Tasman, this little gem is famous for its stunningly reflective views. If you're looking for the perfect picture whilst exploring New Zealand, you know where you need to head.
7. Lake Como, Italy
Whether you are looking for heavenly food, a quaint village atmosphere, or endlessly romantic walks, Lake Como gives you all of these and more. On the other hand, there isn’t a place more appropriate for adopting the Italian saying, “dolce far niente” meaning “the sweetness of doing nothing”.
8. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
As the name suggests, Plitvice is made up of 16 cascading lakes that come together and create a place so magical- we’re talking mystical forests, dreamy hues and mesmerizing waterfalls at every turn!
9. Lake Pehoé, Chile
Sail through crystal clear waters of Patagonia, or relax on the shore and enjoy an astounding view of the Cuernos del Paine mountains as they perfectly reflect on the water's surface.