Most of us take holidays and go to the normal holiday spots, but when was the last time you visited somewhere that changed who you are, how you feel and how you see the world.
Here are three places that inspire travelers to perhaps better appreciate the world whilst inspiring you to explore the more unusual places, that maybe are not so easy to get to, but give you memories to cherish for a lifetime.
The hauntingly beautiful landscape of this area was created by three volcanoes. The wind and water sculpted the lava from the first eruption into lefts, holes and cones with later eruptions scattering lava further afield forming what’s commonly known as “fairy chimneys”. The locals still use the soft rock to create homes which they have done since the Stone Age and some of the locals have opened these up to guests where you can enjoy genuine hospitality and form a base to visit the sights of the region.
You can visit the impressive underground cities which were dug by invaders as early as 2000 B.C, visit the open air museum which has 30 painted churches from the 2nd century A.D or drop in to the Agzikarahan where traveling merchants lodged as they traveled the Silk Road in the 13th Century. It’s now a Carpet market and you can enjoy a glass of tea, partake in some haggling and see the Ottoman architecture at its best.
Machu Picchu, Peru
The famous Inca trail takes you through the ancient Andean passage from cusco, the capital of the Incan empire, through the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu itself the fabled lost city of the Incas.
People visit Machu Picchu for many reasons, one of which is for the unbelievable bird watching and witnessing the beautiful sight of the daybreak, when the light slowly creeps of the jagged silouette of Matchu Picchu. The most spectacular time to see this is during winter solstice when light streams through the Temple of the Sun window, setting the stone at the centre of the temple ablaze.
The Incas started building around 1400 and abandoned the sight just a century later. The outlying buildings have now been reconstructed giving visitors a good idea of what they originally looked like. This is a must for anybody who enjoys historical places and seeing the past as it was.
Are you a fan of Indianna Jones – The Last Crusade with Harrison Ford and Sean Connery? You can visit and see for yourself the giant red mountains, huge mausoleums and wonder over some of the worlds greatest sights every wrought by Nature and Man.
Petra is the jewel in Jordan’s Treasure Trove and without doubt the greatest tourist attraction. Is is both a unique and vast city that is carved into the sheer rock face by an industrious Arab people (Nabataeans) who settled in the area over 2000 years ago. It is a place of magic and history.
You will find the entrance to the city through a narrow gorge, over 1km long and as you reach the end of the gorge, after experiencing the amazing colours and rock formations, you get your first glimpse of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh). It’s carved from the dusky rock face, towers over everything else at an amazing 30m wide and 43m high and was created in the early 1st century as the tomb of a Nabataean king representing the engineering genius of the Nabataeans.