Almost all of us are familiar with the world’s greatest wonders such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal, Temples of Artemis, among many others. But there are so many other amazing places and sites that are just as worthy of a trip to explore.
Here are some other wonderful cultural and architectural wonders that are eye-opening, educational and memorable for years to come. From ancient sites in Lalibela and thousand year old trade routes, to natural phenomena such as waterfalls and rainforests in the Amazonia—the world is a large place with so much more to offer us than we can ever see in our entire lifetime.
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The Amazon is full of wild creatures, flora and fauna as well as fascinating waterfalls and views of the endless jungle in South America. It spreads more than 2 million square miles of the world’s surface that covers eight South American countries. Take yourself on a trip of a lifetime and enjoy the marvels the Amazon Rainforest can offer to anyone who steps inside.
Everest Base Camp
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Nepal—a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia that is full of snowy peaks, Sherpas, yetis, abbeys and more. But for those who are looking for a true adventure with the Nepalese, why not take yourself on a week-long hike to Everest Base Camp. There you can also trek along Kala Pattar, also known as “black rock”, in order to get one of the best views of Mt. Everest from base camp to the very tip of the mountain.
Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls)
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Are you a sucker for gorgeous waterfalls? Why not see the largest one in the world, measuring 5,577 feet wide (1,700 meters), where 132 million gallons (500 million liters) of water is shooting up 1,640 feet (500 meters) into the air. This, ladies and gentleman, is Mosi-oa-Tunya (also known as Victoria Falls), located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Silk Road
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The Silk Road can be traced all the way back to the Han Dynasty, allowing for Europe and Asia to trade spices, paper and of course silk with one another. Nowadays, you can take a train or a bus along these famous routes that travelers rarely explore. Just imagine how people used to walk and ride horses for months just to get from one end to another.
The Salkantay Trail
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Everyone is familiar with the famous Inca Trail in Peru, however most travelers don’t set foot on Salkantay Trail, which was a path also made by the Incas. This trail goes through the Andes Mountains, and terminates by Machu Picchu. You can take a gorgeous hike on horseback that lasts several days—it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
St. George’s Church
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St. George’s Church is one of eleven monolithic churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia that was carved out of a rock. It dates back to the late 12th or early 13th century CE, and thought to have been made during the Zagwe dynasty, ruled by King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela. Some believe that the church was built by angels!
Al-Khazneh (The Treasury)
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Al-Khazneh (nicknamed “The Treasury”) is a beautiful, ancient temple in Petra, Jordan, dating back 2000 years. Al-Khazneh was carved out of a sandstone rock face by the Nabateans, and currently stands at 131 feet (40 meters). The Temple was originally built as a mausoleum and crypt during the 1st century CE when Aretas IV Philopatris ruled the land. It wasn’t until the 1920s when tourists from all over the world started to travel to Petra to see this world wonder.
Have you visited any of these fascinating sites? Which ones are on your bucket list?