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July 18, 2013 4:02 pm

8 Beautiful Rivers around the World

beautiful rivers around the world

River cruises are becoming increasingly popular travel options for tourists who want the ease of a cruise, but aren’t quite looking for the “floating hotel” experience. Whether you’re looking to cruise, kayak, or just take in the view, here are just a few of the most beautiful rivers around the world.

1. Cano Cristales River, Northern Columbia

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The algae in this river create vibrant five-colored swirls that must be seen to be believed. It’s a relatively small river, but can only be reached by the serious traveller – by taking a boat from Macarena, then hiking through unmarked jungle trails.

2. Rio Futaleufu, Argentina

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The icy blue color of this rushing river matches its temperature – the glacial runoff makes the water surprisingly cold. Still, this river is an incredible spot for whitewater rafting or kayaking. It passes through the Andes mountains into Chile, forests, valleys and cliffs for some one-of-a kind view.

3. Zambezi River, Zambia

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This massive African river boasts one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls. This incredible waterfall tumbles 354 feet to its deepest point. At the bottom, brave souls can even swim! It passes through several African countries: Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, emptying into the Indian Ocean.

4. Yangtze River, China

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A cruise along the Yangtze is one of the best ways to see rural Chinese life first hand. It’s the longest river in Asia, so you’ll be sure to experience so much diversity across the country’s landscape.

5. Hanalei River, Kauai, Hawaii

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Go past mountains, under bridges, and across bays on this easy river – all from a kayak! It’s possible to tackle this breathtaking river by kayak in a day or two; after all, it’s only 15 miles…of pure tropical beauty!

6. Danube River, Central Europe

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A boat cruise down the Danube is like a trip back in time. A proper cruise will take you through ten European countries, past medieval castles, romantic historic towns, and incredible forested landscapes.

7. Hudson River, New York

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The Hudson takes you through a fascinating mix of urban and rural that you’ll never forget. Incredibly accessible by any sea vessel, you’ll pass by sights like the Adirondack mountains and New York’s towering sky scrapers.

8. Mekong River, Southeast Asia

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A boat cruise along the Mekong is a treat for the spirit. This river crosses the green landscape of several Asian countries, past busy cities, and several ancient temples. It passes through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Have you taken an unforgettable river cruise? Have you gone rafting or kayaking down a river? Tell us about your experiences below!