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Address: Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
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magnificent, even in the rain

we had the bad luck of being there on one of the 4 days a year that it rains. Despite the fact that we had no sun and the colors were not as vibrant, it is simply spectacular. A... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
LyanaModiin_Israel
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Modiin, Israel

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Modiin, Israel
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we had the bad luck of being there on one of the 4 days a year that it rains. Despite the fact that we had no sun and the colors were not as vibrant, it is simply spectacular. A true natural gem..It looks liek God's painting pallet-just awesome!

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I am not a one-size-fits-all kind of traveler. I like getting the local experience and I will go anywhere for a great photo. WorldSun fit the bill. I'm glad I chose them over ETT because we ran into ETT's large caravan of tourists. While traveled in a large group that was hemmed in by a ridged schedule, we moved around... More 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

An amazing, once in a lifetime trip. I came here with ETT on their three day trip. We started early in the am around 4 from fhd guest house, drove about 3 hours to the town close to dalol where we picked up the soldiers who were coming with us. We stopped at the salt mountain, then walked up to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Dalol is probably one of the most bizarre places on earth. It has the highest annual mean temperature of the planet. Like the Erta ale, one must endure very basic accomodations (in Ahmed Ela) and military escord is required to be able to enter the area. You need however to be careful: there are toxic gasses so if you have... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

This natural beauty will make you feel like you are on another planet! The smell is quite potent, and it is very hot, so make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen!!

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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54 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

The Denakil Depression also traditionally known as Dalol Depression is a low-lying gigantic rift crack which is still getting wider. The Dalol Depression has a total area of 92,000km2. Daily temperature can reach up to 60°c, and overnight it is freezing cold. The Denakil Depression was part of the Red Sea in geological past. Later the sea was separated from... More 

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Toulouse
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83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2015

A very beautiful place where yellow, red, orange and all the sorts of such colors are giving you the feeling of the rough environment. You can walk on these, but be careful to chose the older parts otherwise you can get burnt. A must see in the Afar region.

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Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015

Dalol is unearthly. The roiling sulphur pools, luridly green and yellow, the truly odd rock formations, the astonishing salt flats and lake are not of this Earth. Sci-Fi fans will recognize the resemblance to fanciful descriptions of the surface of Venus. Yet, the salt miners work there and in heat that will bake you. In November, 2014, the temperature was... More 

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Aalst, Belgium
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

This is a piece of the earth that you should visit. OK, it's not so easy to reach and it's hot and dusty there, but the scenery is absolutely incredible. Find it out for yourself with some of the many pictures in "Google images", but stil, nothing compares to the real thing. Colorfull lakes, vulcanic mini-eruptions, sulphuric towers etc. Combine... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

It is one of the most strange, crazy and amazing geological formations I ever been. It is completely different from what I've seen before. You feel like in another planet!! The complete experience is amazing since it is a place difficult to visit. For me was one of the highlights to the trip to Ethiopia. Just very very very hot.... More 

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