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The Haida Gwaii Islands (pictured) are better known as Canadian Galapagos

Five lesser-known tourist destinations have been named as a & # 39; must-visit & # 39; for Australians in the annual & # 39; Not Hot List & # 39; from Intrepid Travel for 2019.

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& # 39; In our annual & # 39; Not Hot List & we encourage travelers to consider less-visited destinations on the American continent to experience a new side of the continent beyond the usual hotspots, & # 39; said Undaunted travel CEO, Brett Mitchell.

Here, FEMAIL takes a look at some of the best & # 39; least known & # 39; places to visit, including the remote island of Quadra, Canada and the desert oasis of Huacachina, Peru.

1. Haida Gwaii Islands, British Columbia, Canada

The Haida Gwaii Islands (pictured) are better known as Canadian Galapagos

The Haida Gwaii Islands (pictured) are better known as Canadian Galapagos

The Haida Gwaii Islands (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) lie off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

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The archipelago consists of two larger islands and 400 smaller islands and is home to the Haida peoples, a race of the first nation to have lived in these lands for 10,000 years

What makes this destination a unique experience is that those who enjoy the Intrepid eight-day package are offered an immersive cultural experience – one that spends time in traditional villages.

The archipelago, consisting of two larger islands and 400 smaller islands, is the home of the Haida peoples, a race of the first nation that has inhabited these countries for 10,000 years

The archipelago, consisting of two larger islands and 400 smaller islands, is the home of the Haida peoples, a race of the first nation that has inhabited these countries for 10,000 years

The archipelago, consisting of two larger islands and 400 smaller islands, is the home of the Haida peoples, a race of the first nation that has inhabited these countries for 10,000 years

Expect to get away with memories of conversations with the Haida during a shared lunch of freshly caught salmon and game.

In addition to being blinded by the beautiful scenery of Haida Gwaii, travelers get the chance to visit Khutzeymate and Grizzly Bear Sanctuary.

Sailing through the waters of this protected area, explorations can expect to catch a glimpse of wild grizzly bears, seals, sea lions and sea eagles.

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2. Lafayette Mardi Gras, Louisiana, USA.

Visitors to Louisiana during Mardi Gras may want to consider spending time in smaller towns and cities in the state that also celebrate the annual event

Visitors to Louisiana during Mardi Gras may want to consider spending time in smaller towns and cities in the state that also celebrate the annual event

Visitors to Louisiana during Mardi Gras may want to consider spending time in smaller towns and cities in the state that also celebrate the annual event

The New Orleans Mardi Gras is an epic two-week celebration that is organized every year in the state of Louisiana.

Although many are familiar with the event itself, people may not know that the festivities are not limited to the city of New Orleans alone.

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Mardi Gras is celebrated in towns and villages around Louisiana, from north to south, from east to west.

This means that it is possible to plan a visit to the state during the season to see specifically how small towns set up parades during the run-up to the big party.

Mardi Gras is always on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The day before Mardi Gras is known as Fasting Monday or Lundi Gras.

3. Quadra Island, Canada

Visitors to the Quadra Island can tour the water and see the sights of sea lions in their natural environment and orcas that swim freely in the oceans

Visitors to the Quadra Island can tour the water and see the sights of sea lions in their natural environment and orcas that swim freely in the oceans

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Visitors to the Quadra Island can tour the water and see the sights of sea lions in their natural environment and orcas that swim freely in the oceans

Quadra Island, the largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands, is located between Vancouver Island and the mainland coast off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.

The untouched piece of paradise only houses 2,700 people and although it is becoming increasingly popular, it is still a destination that is largely undiscovered.

Part of what makes this location so special is that visitors can take a tour through waters where wild orcas roam freely.

Intrepid offers adventure seekers an eight-day package with an orca expedition, kayaking through the Canadian Wildcoast and a trip to the glacier waters of the Strait of Johnston.

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4. Huacachina, Peru

Huacachina is the only desert oasis in Peru, a dramatic dunes surrounded by a palm-lined lagoon

Huacachina is the only desert oasis in Peru, a dramatic dunes surrounded by a palm-lined lagoon

Huacachina is the only desert oasis in Peru, a dramatic dunes surrounded by a palm-lined lagoon

Most people have heard of Machu Picchu, the most popular tourist attraction in Peru.

While the ruins of the ancient city high on the slopes of the Andes are a destination that you absolutely must visit, Huacachina is quickly a place to see.

Huacachina, five hours south of Lima, is Peru's only desert oasis, a dramatic dunes surrounded by a palm-lined lagoon.

The small sandy city offers lively bars on the water and hours of boarding pleasure, while the lagoon itself would have magical powers.

5. Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a car-free island paradise surrounded by pristine blue sea

Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a car-free island paradise surrounded by pristine blue sea

Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a car-free island paradise surrounded by pristine blue sea

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Morro de Sao Paulo is part of an archipelago with 26 islands about 60 kilometers from Salvador.

The car-free island paradise surrounded by pristine blue sea has an abundant number of beaches, all numbered.

You have First Beach (Primeira Praia), Second Beach (Segundo Praia), Third Beach (Terceira Praia) and so on.

Natural swimming pools are plentiful, as are beautiful walks, including a trip through lush Atlantic forests to Fonte do Ceu, a natural waterfall.

In keeping with a festive atmosphere there are restaurants and bars and more unique a small outdoor club on a hill in the middle of the jungle that goes on all night.

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