Did you know that there are approximately 200 Countries in the world.Now we all know the names and the history of the big and famous ones.But there are many hidden treasures you might be unaware of.So fasten your seat belts,our flight is about to take off to few countries which you probably haven’t even heard of.
Belize is a nation on the Eastern coast of Central America.With the Caribbean sea shorelines to the east and dense jungles to the west ,this country holds a rich marine life.These jungles are home to Mayan ruins like Caracoal,Lagoon side Lamanai and Altunha. They host a population of 3,95,000.
Known for it’s Creole Portuguese African culture , traditional Morna music and numerous beaches ,Cabo Verde or Cape Verde has a population of 5,30,000.Located on the volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa,it’s also home to the largest Island Santiago.
An Arabic and French speaking country of dry shrublands ,volcanic formations and Gulf of Aden beaches is located at the horn of Africa.Its home to one of the saltiest water bodies ,the low lying Lake Assal,in the Danakil Dessert.It has a population of 9,40,000.
Google.comA small landlocked monarchy in Southern Africa with it’s population of 13,00,000 is known for it’s wildlife reserves and showcasing festivals of traditional Swazi culture .This country has many hiking trails and is home to diverse wildlife including Lions ,Hippos and Elephants.
This country with significant areas of Parkland ,is along the Central coast of Africa and has a population of 19,80,000.The forested coastal terrain shelters a variety of wildlife from hippos to gorillas toWhales .
An Island republic in the Central Pacific,Kiribati comprises of 33 coral atolls and isles stretching along the equator.With Lagoons and white sand beaches,many of it’s islands are uninhabited,offering a remote setting for fishing ,diving and bird watching .It’s population is 1,20,000.
This is a partially recognized state and disputed territory in Southeastern Europe that declared Independence from Serbia in 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo.Populationis 18,20,000.
A high altitude , landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa ,this country has a crisscrossed network of Rivera and mountain ranges including the 3,482 metre high peak of ThabanaNtlenyana. ThabanBosiu overlooks the iconic Mount Qiloane,an enduring symbol of the nation’s Basotho people.Its population is 21,00,000.
The Federated state of Micronesia is a country spread across the western Pacific Ocean comprising of more then 600 Islands .Divided in 4 Island states ,this country is known for it’s palm shaded beaches ,wreck filled dives and ancient ruins ,sunken Basalt temples and Burial vaults.
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With a population of of only 54,000,this dual island nation is situated between the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean sea.Very popular for it’s cloud shrouded mountains and beaches ,it’s former sugar plantations are now inns or atmospheric ruins.Its again the land of hiking trails.
Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean Island Nation with a pair of dramatically tapered mountains ,the Pitons,on the West Coast.Its coast is home to volcanic beaches ,reef diving sites , luxury resorts and fishing villages.Trails in the interior rain-forest leads to the waterfalls like the 15 meter high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden.
With a population of 35,000,San Marino is a Mountanious microstate surrounded by North Central Italy.Among the world’s oldest republics ,it retains much of it’s historic architecture .On the slopes of Monte Titano, sits the capital also called San Marino known for it’s medieval walled old town and narrow cobblestone streets.
This is a small country on the Southeastern coast of South America.Its defined by vast swaths of tropical rain-forest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting pot culture . On it’s Atlantic coast ,is the capital, Paramaribo,which is home to several palm plantations and the famous wooden cathedrals Saint Peter and Paul Basilica .The population is 5,50,000.
TimotLeste or East Timor ,a southeast Asian nation occupying half the Island of Timor is ringed by coral reefs teaming with marine life.The capital Dili,speaks of the country’s struggle for Independence from Portugal in 1975 and then Indonesia in 2002.The iconic 27 meter tall Cristo Rei De Dili statue sits on a hilltop and offers sweeping view of the surrounding bay.Its land to a population of 12,70,000.
Tonga is a Polynesian Kingdom of more then 170 South Pacific Islands. It has many uninhabited ,most lined white beaches and coral reefs covered with tropical rain-forest and has a population of 1,10,000.
This is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 Islands that Stretch 1300 kms. Harbor side Port Vila,the nation’s capital and economic centre ,is on the Island of Efate.
This country with a population of 2,70,000 also offers scuba diving at coral reefs and underwater caverns.
So,next time you are planning a holiday ,don’t just look for the high and famous and give yourself a chance to mingle with nature’s best with these destinations .Happy Exploring .