While the sparkling blue waters of Capri’s Blue Grotto may seem unreal, this other-worldly sea cave is exactly as you see it. At just a meter high, the only way to visit is via small rowboats guided by a skipper. On a Venice to Rome rail adventure you’ll have the option to visit the island of Capri and the illuminated Blue Grotto. While plenty of visitors flock to the site in Italy’s high season, once inside the grotto you’ll experience a meditative calm thanks to the peaceful blue light.
Aptly taking its name from the Tehuelche Indian word payne meaning blue, Torres del Paine National Park is home to a plethora of emerald blue lakes, all fed by icy glaciers. Embark on an adventure in Patagonia and you’ll explore this mountainous landscape on foot, with an easy wildlife hike from Lake Sarmiento to Laguna Amarga. A scenic drive then brings you to the Blue Lagoon with one of the best views of the granite towers in the distance. Those looking for a more challenging trek can undertake the 22km hike to the base of Torres del Paine.
For classic sparkling-turquoise-sea-meets-gold-sandy-beaches, look no further than Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Stretching from Fethiye to Antalya, this coastline offers something for all travelers, including kayaking and snorkelling. On a Family Turkey Adventure you’ll even spend seven nights on-board a traditional wooden gulet (a classic wooden yacht) with no shortage of opportunities to swim in the warm, bright blue sea. Alternatively, spend eight days trekking this scenic coastline on a Turquoise Coast walking tour.
It may not be a blue place but we couldn't mention blue things in travel without mentioning the blue footed boobies! The Galapagos Islands are beloved for their array of vibrant fauna and wildlife, including prehistoric creatures that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Up to three million seabirds also flock to the archipelago, including blue-footed boobies. Their uniquely bright blue feet play an important role in finding a mate, and you’ll find the best breeding grounds on North Seymour island. However, during a Volcanoes and Galapagos tour, you’ll visit a number of islands where blue-footed boobies can be found including Santa Cruz.
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