Best Places You've Never Heard Of

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Lago Todos los Santos, in the Lakes District of Chile, marked by chute-type waterfalls and dramatic black basaltic rock.
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Boat rides are a popular way to explore Lagos Todos los Santos, Chile.
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The catch of the day at Lago Todos los Santos.
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Playa Koralia, a laid-back resort named after the beach on which it's set on Colombia's Caribbean coast.
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Guests are encouraged to unplug while at Playa Koralia resort and instead enjoy the koi pond, sea views from porch-side hammocks, and the full-service spa.
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One of 19 thatched bungalows scattered between palm trees at Playa Koralia.
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The white-sand beaches and hiking trails of Tayrona National Park are a 15-minute drive from Playa Koralia.
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The charming Austrian town of Dürnstein, skirted by the Danube River and backed by steep mountains complete with a crumbling castle fortress.
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Cycling through Dürnstein and other small towns in Austria's Wachau valley.
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Dürnstein's winding cobblestoned streets and homes with steep, red-tiled roofs and window flower boxes look plucked out of a fairy tale.
The rapidly modernizing tourist town of Zhongdian, China, is the entry point to the stunning mountainous region of Shangri-La.
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Snowcapped peaks, Alpine lakes, and deep gorges characterize Shangri-La, the northwestern area of China's Yunnan province, near the Tibetan border.
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One of the many enchanting Byzantine churches in Ohrid, Macedonia.
In the summer, there's a party atmosphere along Lake Ohrid, in Macedonia.
A stroll through Ohrid, one of Europe's oldest human settlements, reveals layer upon layer of history, from 5th-century tombs to the mazelike Old Bazaar.
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The Swiss town of Binn lies in a small, secluded Alpine valley at the base of zigzagging peaks sporting countless shades of green.
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Binn's Hotel Ofenhorn dates back to the late 19th century, when a young Winston Churchill slept there.
Trinity, a historic harbor town on the island of Newfoundland in Canada, whose primary-colored wooden houses punctuate the rolling hills.
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Trinity, population 350, sits at the edge of a bay with crystal-clear blue water that sparkles in the sunshine.
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The sleepy town of Trémolat, France, on a horseshoe-shaped bend in the Dordogne River.
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Les Volets Bleus, one of the charming farmhouses available for rent around Trémolat.
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Stalls selling food and crafts line Varkala's Cliff Walk, a prime spot for viewing the southern Indian town's riotous red-and-orange sunsets.
Fishermen along a Varkala beach haul in their nets.
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Cinnamon-red laterite cliffs overlook the Arabian Sea in Varkala.
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Havelock, New Zealand, sits at the head of the wide, startlingly clear Pelorus Sound, surrounded by dark-green mountain peaks.
Flavorful, large green-lipped mussels are Havelock's big claim to fame.
Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the wild volcanic archipelago of the Westman Islands, Iceland.
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