Top underrated countries to visit for unique adventures



Top underrated countries to visit for unique adventures

If you're looking for a unique and authentic travel experience, it's time to expand your horizons. The world is full of hidden gems that often go unnoticed by travelers. Find out about the 8 best underrated countries to visit for unique adventures

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Most travelers are familiar with the most popular tourist destinations in the world, but there is something special and exciting about discovering new, completely unknown countries. There are many pearls in different corners of the planet that can give authentic impressions, unique experiences and expand your horizons. Also, trips to unusual places give the tourist a sense of adventure, which cannot always be obtained during a vacation at a popular resort.

Which countries in the world are recognized as the most underrated? The top 8 states according to popular tourist experts are collected in our material.

Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan is one of the most underrated countries in the world, which is still waiting for its recognition. With 93% of the country covered by mountains and landlocked, Kyrgyzstan is an ideal destination for adventure travelers.

- What to see?

The Tien Shan mountains pass through the territory of the state with many peaks over 4,200 m high, which makes the country popular among climbers.

Connoisseurs of a more relaxed vacation can enjoy many lakes and rivers here. From Issyk-Kul in the north to Sara-Chelek in the south, every tourist will be amazed by the fantastic views of the country. You can also observe birds and other animals here.

Kyrgyzstan has a rich cultural heritage. Interesting festivals are held here throughout the year, including Nauryz (spring festival) and Aitis (national music festival).

Most of the attractions are located in the capital Bishkek - Ala-Too Square, the Victory Monument, the State Historical Museum and the Osh Market. It is also worth visiting other cities of the country, such as Karakol, Jalalabad, Talas and Naryn - a trip here will help you better understand the fascinating culture of the region.

- What to do?

Mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding and hiking, skiing and snowboarding in winter.

- Best time to visit: May to August.

- Where to stay? Orion Hotel Bishkek, Hyatt Regency Bishkek, Ramada by Wyndham Bishkek Centre.

Georgia, Eastern Europe

Georgia is a country that is located between Europe and Asia and is recognized as one of the most underrated countries in the world, because it has everything: from ancient monasteries and cathedrals to picturesque mountain landscapes and vineyards.

- What to see?

The state is a paradise for history buffs, as it has many ancient monuments – Georgia is home to several medieval churches and monasteries, including Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the capital of the country - Tbilisi, it is worth noting the Narikala fortress and the Old Bridge.

Also, Georgia is especially famous for the beauty of its nature - the fabulous landscapes of the Caucasus Mountains amaze even the most experienced expeditioners.

Wine connoisseurs should visit the Kakheti region, which is located in eastern Georgia, because there are many vineyards and local wineries.

The culture and cuisine of Georgia are the real business cards of the country. Georgian polyphonic singing is even protected by UNESCO. Traditional Georgian dances with energetic movements and colorful costumes vividly reflect the history and culture of the country, and the local cuisine is recognized as one of the best in the world.

- What to do?

Ride off-road, visit stunning beaches along the Black Sea coast, explore the amazing peaks of the Caucasus Mountains, wander through narrow cobbled streets, admire architectural wonders.

- Best time to visit: May to October.

- Where to stay? Shota Rustaveli Boutique Hotel, Hotel British House, Radisson Blu Hotel Batumi.

Rwanda, East Africa

Rwanda is a small African country with significant tourism potential. The state impresses with probably the most beautiful landscapes in Africa and the diversity of wildlife. If you are looking for unique experiences, then you should definitely visit this place.

- What to see?

Rwanda's crown jewel is Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorilla, golden monkeys, chimpanzees and baboons. The second landmark of the country is Lake Kivu, located on the western border of Rwanda. Crystal clear water, stunning sunsets and breathtaking views will amaze every traveler.

You can get acquainted with the bright culture of Rwanda by visiting traditional villages or local markets, where you will find handmade products, colorful fabrics and fresh products.

- What to do?

Go hiking through the lush green rainforest, go fishing, sailing or simply swim in Lake Kivu. You can also join a tour to learn about the history and culture of Rwanda.

- Best time to visit: June-September and December-February.

- Where to stay? Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Five To Five Hotel, Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel.

Ecuador, South America

Ecuador is a small South American country that is often overlooked behind the glory of its larger neighbors, including Peru and Chile.

- What to see?

The main pearl of Ecuador is its nature. Ecuador is home to the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for giant tortoises, sea lions and blue-footed gannets. The state is also home to the Amazon rainforest, the Andes Mountains, and the Pacific coast.

In addition to its natural beauty, Ecuador has a rich cultural heritage. You can learn about the life, traditions and customs of the indigenous population by visiting local markets, museums and cultural centers. Ecuador's capital, Quito, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many historic sites, including the Church of the Society of Jesus and the Quito Cathedral.

- What to do?

Go hiking in the Andes or rafting in the Amazon, explore some of its volcanoes, including Cotopaxi, which can only be climbed by experienced hikers.

- Best time to visit: December-January and April-May.

- Where to stay? Hotel La Basílica, Semilla Verde Boutique Hotel, Wyndham Garden Quito.

Albania, Southeast Europe

Albania is the pearl of South-Eastern Europe, which is also often overshadowed by neighboring countries. The state boasts beautiful beaches, diverse landscapes and a rich cultural heritage.

- What to see?

One of the most compelling reasons to visit Albania is its majestic mountains. From the Albanian Alps to the Tomorr Mountains, this country can offer tourists many fascinating landscapes.

In the north of the country you will find the majestic freshwater Shkodra Lake. There are also numerous historical sights nearby, including Rozafa Castle and St. Stephen's Church.

Undoubtedly, the main pearl of Albania is its beautiful indented coast. From Vlora to Saranda you can find wonderful beaches with white sand and crystal clear water.

The capital of Tirana is another place that should be visited. It has everything from lively nightclubs to traditional markets filled with local goods. Be sure to leave some time to explore the nearby Etham Bay Mosque, built in the 19th century and considered one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture in the Balkans.

Read in detail about the best beaches and attractions for tourists in Albania in our article.

- What to do?

Ski down the Mali y Dejes mountain, hike around the Tet National Park, walk along the beach or relax on the shores of the Adriatic Sea.

- Best time to visit: April-June and September-October.

- Where to stay? Rogner Hotel Tirana, Meliá Durres Albania, Hotel Bahamas.

Belize, Central America

Known only for its pristine Caribbean coastline, Belize offers tourists much more than just pristine beaches.

- What to see?

After visiting Belize, the tourist will find himself surrounded by lush tropical forests, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and sandy beaches. The country is also home to numerous Mayan archaeological sites, including Xunantunich, Lamanai, Karakol, and Altun Ha. Belize is also a paradise for snorkelers and divers, with an abundance of coral reefs and marine life. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest barrier reef system after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Be sure to visit Coxcombe Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world's first jaguar sanctuary, where you can observe these majestic animals in their natural habitat.

- What to do?

Relax on the coast, go diving, explore the local nature and sights.

- Best time to visit: November-April.

- Where to stay? Pelican Reef Villas Resort, Alaia Belize - Autograph Collection Hotel, Colinda Cabanas.

The rules of entry, the list of necessary documents and the period of visa-free stay in Belize can be found at the link.

Senegal, West Africa

Senegal is a country with a rich culture and history that has something special to offer every traveler. From the bustling streets of Dakar to the tranquil beaches of Sali-Portudal, there's plenty to do here.

- What to see?

One of the most beautiful national parks in Africa is located in Senegal - Niokolo Koba, where antelopes, hippos, elephants and lions live. Also, be sure to visit the Judge National Bird Sanctuary, home to over 1 million birds from around the world.

If you want to immerse yourself in the history of Senegal, then go to the island of Ghori - once an important point of departure for enslaved Africans on their way to Europe, today Ghori stands as a memorial dedicated to those who suffered from the transatlantic slave trade. In 1978, the island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Senegalese culture is art, music and theater. Attend one of the traditional Senegalese dance performances, as well as the vibrant markets and craft villages that make this country even more vibrant and alive.

- What to do?

Explore the local wildlife, go on a tour of Dakar, attend a local cultural event.

- Best time to visit: November-May.

- Where to stay? Lamantin Beach Resort & Spa managed by Accor, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza, Pullman Dakar Teranga.

Oman, Middle East

Oman is one of the underrated countries of the Middle East that is a hidden gem waiting for tourists. The state boasts a stunning array of landscapes, ranging from majestic desert dunes to the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea.

- What to see?

Wahib deserts and sand dunes, the vast Al Hajar range, picturesque wadi riverbeds, coastlines with pristine beaches and crystal clear waters ideal for swimming and diving.

Oman is also a country with a rich history and culture. For example, in the capital Muscat is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which boasts the second largest hand-made carpet in the world. The state is also famous for its traditional markets, where you can buy spices, textiles and handicrafts.

- What to do?

Relax on the coast, go hiking in the mountains, stay in a camp under the twinkling starry sky, surrounded by the calm atmosphere of the Wahib desert, raft on the winding wadis.

- Best time to visit: October to April.

- Where to stay? Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Royal Tulip Muscat, The Chedi Muscat

There are many underrated countries in the world that offer amazing experiences, beautiful sights and unique cultures. From the ancient Mayan ruins of Belize to the mesmerizing landscapes of Kyrgyzstan, these countries have something to impress even the most discerning traveler.

Daria Rogova, Head of Insurance at Visit World

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