As the new year comes near, new and exciting destinations take the spotlight amongst travel experts and seasoned vacationers. And exotic seems to be a common theme for these travel destinations. So, here are 11 exotic destinations that you must add to your bucket list!

Kauai, Hawaii

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An island destination forged by volcanic activity from about five million years ago, expect nothing but endless natural beauty at Kauai. This Hawaiian Island boasts beautiful coastlines, incredible mountain peaks, tall waterfalls, and wilderness parks. Plus, you might one of its gorgeous waterfalls that were featured on Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

Chiribiquete, Colombia

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A national park of over 4 million hectares of natural beauty, Chiribiquete in Colombia occupies the ecosystems of the Amazon, Orinoquia, Andes, and the Guyanese. The park is also home to a large biologically diverse species, some of which are already endangered or close to extinction. Additionally, the park features ancient rock paintings that are dated to be around 20,000 years old.

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico may be well known for its white-sand beaches and crystal blue waters, but this tropical destination also boasts lush greenery and a breathtaking mountain range. On the forefront of its nature escape is El Yunque National Park. The so-called natural treasure of Puerto Rico has countless hiking trails, natural pools, and gorgeous waterfalls.

The Canary Islands

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An enchanting archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, the Canary Islands is one vibrant destination you don’t want to miss. The Canary Islands are rich in flora and fauna that are truly unique to this region. The best islands to stay in are Tenerife, the largest and most populous island where all the action is at, and Fuerteventura that offers a relaxing escape to its visitors.

French Polynesia

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Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Marquesas, just three world-famous island getaways that will surely refresh your soul. French Polynesia hosts a group of islands that will delight every visitor. This region is famous for its clear turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, luxury resorts, and very hospitable locals. Oh, and did we mention that their cuisine is impeccable? Sounds like a perfect destination for you!

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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Known to be a port town and a resort haven, Puerto Escondido in Mexico is a thrilling destination for beach lovers. The town has a lot of resorts that host all types of travelers—from luxury seekers to vacationing families to backpackers. Puerto Escondido also has a vibrant nightlife that thrills the young and beautiful.

Goa, India

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The state of Goa in India is famous for its pristine beaches and laidback vibe that both local and foreign tourists cannot get enough of. Goa also has an intriguing blend of Indian and Portuguese sensibilities that are meshed in its unique cuisine and aesthetics. When in Goa, make sure to visit Baga Beach to explore its night market, hip restaurants, and other hidden gems.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

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The famous home of the legendary Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has enchanted its visitors for over a century. This city has a great deal of myths and legends that run throughout its mysterious temples, jungles, and river network. Siem Reap is also abundant with fun tourism activities, such as hot air balloon rides, jungle and waterfall terrain hikes, and of course food crawl!

Colca Canyon, Peru

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This water canyon situated in the southern part of Peru is world-famous for its incredible deep trekking terrain. Expect to see some interesting-looking animals in Colca, such as the Llama, alpaca, viscacha, and the Andean flamingo. Some attractions in Colca Canyon are the Infiernillo Geyser, the Inca tombs, and the Callalli River.

Whitsunday Islands, Australia

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Escape to an Australian archipelago of 74 tropical islands. Whitsunday Islands is a paradise nestled on the Queensland coast, next to the Great Barrier Reef. Most of the islands in Whitsunday are uninhabited and have plenty of naked beaches that are admired for their raw beauty. No wonder tourists come here to camp out or just laze around its pristine beaches.

Morondava, Madagascar

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This sunny rural town in Madagascar is the gateway to famous Boabab Avenue. The Boabab trees along with the wild animals that run free in Morondova are great photo subjects that encapsulate the unique beauty of Africa. Plus, you can also stop by the Kirindy Forest Reserve to see magnificent wildlife.

Want to plan a trip to any of these exciting locales? Chat with a Viyahe travel assistant today to check prices on flights, hotels, and other travel needs to see any of these gorgeous destinations.