Take 10 Tuesday: Sensational Lakes

Today’s post comes to us from RatesToGo and includes some of the most beautiful and intriguing lakes around the world. I’ve used their top 10 favorites and I’m including updated background info on why these lakes are sensational.

10. Taal Lake: Luzon, Philippines


Taal Lake is the deepest in the Philippines, formed by the collapse of a volcanic crater. You can swim in the lake but you probably won’t want to with it being full of diluted sulfuric acid and venomous sea snakes. Instead, consider making it part of your visit to the Taal Volcano. The volcano sits in the middle of the lake and you can go horseback riding as you explore it.

9. Crater Lake: Oregon, United States

Crater Lake Oregon - 1

Crater Lake is another caldera formed after volcanic activity. It is the deepest lake inside the United States and the 9th deepest in the world. It’s also part of the only national park in Oregon, Crater Lake National Park. This park features geological features including pumice and the Rim Drive, which features outstanding views. Over the summer, boat tours are available and many people camp and swim here.

8. Lake Atitlán: Guatemala

Sunset on Lake Atitlan

Yet another caldera, Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America. It has one volcano outside the rim and 2 inside of it. The area is surrounded by Mayan villages and there are no roads here, only boats. Most people stay in Panajachel on the shores of the lake during their stay here. Lake Atitlán is remote but the journey here is worth it.

7. Heaven Lake: China and North Korea

heaven pool and baiyun feng, changbai shan

Heaven Lake sits atop Baekdu Mountain (also known as Changbai Mountain) on the Chinese and North Korean border. While travel to North Korea is restricted for American citizens, the Chinese side offers plenty of beautiful views. It is another caldera though this one sits near the peak of the volcano and dated back to 969 AD. Not to be outdone by the Loch Ness Monster, Heaven lake is said to have a creature of its own: the Lake Tianchi Monster.

6. Lake Baikal: Siberia, Russia

Оз. Байкал и Саяны, Сибирь (View of Baikal Lake with Sayan Mountain Range, Siberia)

Over 25 million years old, Lake Baikal is the deepest and oldest lake in the world. This lake holds 20% of the liquid freshwater in the world. Unlike all the previous lakes, Lake Baikal is a rift valley, meaning it was created by a rift zone pulling the earth apart. The lake is known as The Pearl of Siberia and has been named a Unesco World Heritage site.

5. Plitvice Lakes: Croatia

Plitvice Lake

Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction, the Plitvice Lakes, offers 16 lakes marked by their distinctive colors and beauty. The lakes are part of the larger Plitvice Lakes National Park which offers waterfalls and woods. One of the best sites can be found on the 20-minute boat ride between the Lower and Upper lakes. The lower half of the Upper Lake has been highlighted by visitors as one of the most beautiful sections of the park.

4. Pitch Lake: La Brea, Trinidad


Pitch Lake is unlike most lakes you’ll ever see. It’s a natural asphalt lake that you can walk on top of or even swim in the watery parts of. While many people complain it looks more like a parking lot than a lake, it’s unlikely you’ll see a lake like this in your lifetime. The magic happens when you peel back the rough asphalt surface and examine the waters below. The lake pulls items in and “heals” itself if it gets torn apart. Sir Walter Raleigh used the lake to patch his ship and some of the streets in New York are even paved with this asphalt.

3. Lake Assal: Djibouti

Lake Assal Dijibouti Wikicommons

Lake Assal is a crater lake that forms the lowest point in Africa. It is also considered the most saline body of water outside of Antarctica. This lake is in one of the hottest places on earth so when the heat comes, the lake often partially evaporates and leaves behind salt. This salt is the only means for locals to earn money beyond tourism. They hope for new jobs to come from a new resort built just outside the lake area.

2. Lake Toba: Sumatra, Indonesia

The Shores of Lake Toba

Lake Toba is not only a lake, it’s part of a supervolcano. As the largest volcanic lake in the world, scientists theorize that it came into existence between 65,000 and 75,000 years ago. It is believed this forming eruption wiped out nearly all of the human race in what is known as the Toba catastrophe theory. In recent years the popularity of this lake has dropped, meaning prices have dropped as well. With the exception of the Chinese Lunar New Year, this is a great location to enjoy an affordable location.

1. Lake Titicaca: Bolivia and Peru

Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

Located high in the Andes Mountains, Lake Titicaca is a beauty to behold. While the Peruvian side is more tourist friendly and has accessible roads, the Bolivian side offers access to Incan ruins and artifacts. The lake has islands inside that are largely inhabited by descendants of the original settlers and water birds. This is a great lake to get the feeling of natural and untouched beauty.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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