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The Coolest Places On Earth: The Marieta Islands, Mexico (Pictures)

Off the western coast of Mexico, about 150 miles west of Guadalajara, lies a pair of uninhabited islands with a very peculiar history.

Formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago, the islands have never been settled upon by anybody. In the early 1900s, the Mexican government decided to use the islands for military explosives testing, creating a number of extraordinary caves and rock formations on the islands.

Check out some pictures of the islands below:

In the late 1960s, world-famous scientist and environmental activist Jacques Cousteau led an international outcry about the testing, prompting the Mexican government to turn the islands into a national park.

Hunting, fishing and human activity are prohibited on the island, though visitors are allowed to check out the hidden beaches and caves created by the explosions.

The biodiversity of the islands is legendary. Visitors regularly report seeing sea turtles, manta rays, octopus, dolphins, and humpback whales, as well as thousands of species of tropical fish.

The islands are also home to a number of bird species, including the famous Blue-footed Booby, who has quite the scandalous sex life.

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The Coolest Places On Earth: The Rock of Guatapé, Colombia (Pictures)

The Rock of Guatapé is a massive monolithic rock structure made up of quartz, feldspar and mica. It is located in the small Colombian city of Guatapé.

The monolith is estimated to weigh around 11 million tons, and is 7,005 feet above sea level at its highest point. There are also a number of breaks in the rocks- one of these breaks was used for the construction of the 650 stairs which lead to the top. From there, it’s another 90 steps to reach the top viewing point.

Check out some pictures below:

At the top of the rock are a few small souvenir shops, a restaurant, and the viewing platform, which offers a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.

The rock is located near the border of the neighboring town of El Peñol, and both towns claim the rock as their own. At one point, residents of Guatapé decided they would settle the argument by painting the name of their town in giant white letters on the rock.

However, residents of El Peñol quickly noticed, and a mob gathered to stop the painting. Only the G and part of the U were completed.

The Coolest Places on Earth: Chittorgarh Fort, India (Picture Gallery)

This former military fort in India covers approximately 1 square miles and is located on the left bank of the Berach river.

The Chittorgarh Fort is known for being the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. The fort is commonly referred to as “Chittor”, and was formerly the capital of Mewar. Check Out some pictures below of India’s largest former military fort.

The fort is studded with a series of historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries.

Breathtaking: Epic Time-Lapse Compilation of Yosemite National Park (Video)

Photographer Colin Delehanty and filmmaker Sheldon Neill came together to create this visual masterpiece of a short film.

The pair spent 45 days at the park over a period of 10 months, hiking upwards of 200 miles to get the most epic shots of Yosemite’s indescribable beauty.

For more, check out their website: Project Yosemite.

The Coolest Places On Earth: Litlanesfoss Waterfall, Iceland (Pictures)

This breathtaking waterfall in east Iceland that is fed by the Lagarfljót Lake.

The strange hexagonal rock formations are a result of the rapid cooling of basaltic magma over 60 million years ago. Click an image to enlarge.

The Coolest Places on Earth: Machu Pichu, Peru (Pictures)

Machu Pichu is a 15th-century Inca site located in the Andes Mountains in Southeast Peru. Click an image to enlarge.

Bonus picture: wild llama roam freely around the site, which led to this epic photo-bomb that I just had to share.

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Most archaeologists believe Machu Pichu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti who ruled from 1438-1472.

It was built around 1450 but abandoned a century later when the Spanish invaded the region.

The combination of the Spanish invaders, as well as a number of epidemics of European diseases including influenze, typhus, diptheria, measles and multiple outbreak of smallpox led to the fall of the Inca Empire in the late 16th-century.