The landscapes of Gunung Mulu National Park They don’t seem from this world. This protected area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, extends to the east of Malaysia and surprises us with the natural wonders it houses, starting with its curious rock formations that look like huge needles that rise to the sky.

Added to this are hidden pools, waterfalls that flow into them and a dense jungle that surrounds everything with its enormous variety of plants. Ultimately, the park has become a popular tourist attraction in the Borneo island (shared between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei). To get to this Southeast Asian territory from Spain, the normal thing is to fly to the city of Kuching or Kota Kina Balu, stopping in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, or even from Singapore.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

A landscape out of this world: a desert with natural pools between the dunes

The wonders of Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park spans 529 km² over rugged karst terrain in the state of Sarawak. This unique enclave of virgin nature It catches our attention above all for its striking limestone rock formations with elongated shapes and a threatening appearance. Its geological value is enormous, and it is “the most studied tropical karst area on the planet”, as stated by UNESCO.

Gunung Mulu National Park.
Gunung Mulu National Park.

Between the pinnacles we will find a leafy mass of trees tropical species high-rise; In fact, “it is considered one of the places in the world richest in palm trees, since 109 species of 20 different genera have been catalogued,” explains the international organization. Added to this are the many vines that form a compact vegetal network. Between all of this, rivers of brown water flow, in addition to natural pools and pools with waterfalls.

Deep caves and a very varied fauna

Another of the great attractions of Gunung Mulu is its network of cavities. In fact, here is located the clearwater cave, the eighth longest in the world. 222 km long, visitors will be able to enter its cold interior to marvel at its stalagmites and stalactites and its underground river of crystal-clear waters.

Clearwater Cave in Gunung Mulu National Park.
Clearwater Cave in Gunung Mulu National Park.

Of course we can’t forget the rich fauna of the place. As we immerse ourselves in this jungle we can hear the singing of birds, such as hornbills and their enormous beaks. In the caves, swiftlets and bats live, and at ground level, some species of primates such as the eastern tarsier or the gibbon hide among the green thickets.

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