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Today’s post is part of a weekly series called “Travel Toss-Up,” in which we ask you to take your pick between two amazing travel experiences.

This week’s toss-up offers a choice of two unique, almost otherworldly landscapes.

Would you rather…

… see the one-of-a-kind baobab trees in Madagascar, or …

baobab trees madagascar



… hike to the Emerald Lakes in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand?

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Madagascar is home to several endemic species of baobab trees, which can live up to 800 years. The best place to see them is the Avenue of the Baobabs in Toliara Province, where a cluster of trees makes for striking photos (especially at sunset). A show-stopping view of the Emerald Lakes is the reward for completing the daylong Tongariro Crossing, one of New Zealand’s most popular hikes. The trip takes seven to nine hours on average.

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Vote for your preference in the comments below!

– written by Sarah Schlichter

3 Responses to “Travel Toss-Up: Otherworldly Landscapes”

  1. Hi, although I would love to go to New Zealand, I think that Madagascar wins this time!

    Tough choice though.

  2. PNR Reddy says:

    tough choice there, well haven’t been to African Continent yet, so I am expecting plenty surprises there! Will go with Madagascar

  3. Colleen says:

    Madagascar because well, it’s gorgeous & I’m so wanting to get to Africa! :)
    Love, love, loved New Zealand!!

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