4 Places to Visit Before You DieNovember 21, 2011
Maybe that sounds a little extreme so let us put is another way: book your flights, pack your bags and make for the destinations listed below. Do it! Now!
- Put on your hiking boots, adjust to the high altitude and trek the Inca Trail to the ancient Peruvian city of Machu Picchu. The trail is highly regulated in order to protect it from erosion and litter so you will need to find a qualified guide to lead the way. We can recommend Llama Path (www.llamapath.com) for their well-informed guides and obliging porters. It may sound unusual, but porters will come as part of the service. These amazingly fit local men will run ahead of you carrying the equipment and food (the trek usually takes 3 days) whilst you struggle up the narrow Inca path gazing out upon cloudy mountain tops. Your efforts will be rewarded on the final morning with a sunrise over the Temple of the Sun Gate at the entrance to the enchanting and fascinating Machu Picchu.
- In the forest of Cambodia, lying within a cycle ride of the town of Siam Reap, are the towering Temples of Angkor. The immense structures of these historical Buddhist buildings (believed to have been made in 1150) are breath-taking. Visitors are welcome to wander throughout this temple complex at leisure; touching the original stone and losing themselves in a quiet corner of tranquillity. Bayon Temple has huge faces in the stone that seem to watch you as you discover this gem which was hidden in the jungle until clearing of the forest began in 1907.
- In the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile it has not rained since record keeping began. This has resulted in a wonderfully peaceful deep red desert which stretches for 600 miles. Here you can cycle or horse ride into the Devil’s Canyon or sand-board down Dragon Hill (just take plenty of water and sun cream). Accommodation is at a premium in the desert but you can save money on food if you stick to the locally produced bean stew.
- East Africa’s landscape and varied wildlife has to be experiences to be believed. In Tanzania climb the towering 5898m of Mount Kilimanjaro. Treks last, on average, 7 days and combine lush forest scenery with wonderfully snowy summits. This is truly an unforgettable experience. Another unmissable East African wonder are the mountain gorillas of Uganda. These beautiful beasts can be tracked in the dry season and will offer you a glimpse into gorilla life.
- There’s so much more we haven’t covered here: experience the power of the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, stay on the floating reed islands between Bolivia and Peru, climb along the Great Wall of China, eat sushi in Tokyo, visit the world’s largest mosque in Damascus…just remember to send us a postcard!
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