Indiana Jones’ Pyramid Playground
Our first pick for incredible sights around the world is the Mayan Pyramids on the eastern side of Mexico. These Pyramids are certainly popular with tourists, but none are more striking than the Jungle Pyramids in Palenque in the far south of the country, which will take your breath away and make you feel like you’ve entered a lost world.
This historical, archaeological site inspired the Indiana Jones film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” – and we can certainly understand why!
Lighting up the North
The aurora borealis – more commonly known as the Northern Lights – is undoubtedly the greatest light show on Earth. This natural phenomenon is best seen in winter from northern Scandinavia, but there are never any guarantees, which makes it all the more special when it does appear.
One of the best places in the world to watch the lights from is from the sheltered coastal waters of western Norway, which are free of artificial light.
The Monumental Native American Valley
The Merrick Butte in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Utah, looks like something from an Old Western movie set. But although it’s served as the backdrop for many John Ford movies, it’s real. Arguably, the best experience is staying overnight then riding into the park with a Native American guide who can arrange a visit with local residents.
When there is a full moon, night excursions are particularly magical.
The Incomparable Dedication to Love
Completed in 1643, the Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Forming part of the Golden Triangle, it stands in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Although it’s one of the most visited sites in the world, its beauty and intricacy is incomparable. It’s best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset when there are fewer tourists than normal.
The Mystical Caverns of New Mexico
Approximately 230 meters beneath cactus-studded rocky slopes in New Mexico, the US, lies Carlsbad Cavern, a wonderland of 117 caves formed as a result of sulphuric acid dissolving the surrounding limestone over millions of years.
The stalactites, stalagmites, and other rock formations can be viewed up close as you wander through the cavern – and there’s even an elevator for the 79-story ride back to ground level.
Magical African Moonbows Light the Sky
The Lunar Rainbow, also known as a “moonbow” and found at Victoria Falls in Zambia, Africa, is a rare natural phenomenon that occurs for only three days around the full moon during high-water season.
The period between April and August is the optimal time for catching a glimpse of this stunning display, and a great viewing point is on the banks of the Zambezi at Tongabezi.
Finding Tribulation between the Rainforest and the Sea
Cape Tribulation is a lush, green strip of coast located in the northernmost settlement of Queensland, Australia, and one of the few places in the world where the rainforest meets the sea – and furthermore, it’s accessible to travelers.
As a result, it’s one of the top sunset destinations in the world – visitors are able to rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle and explore the area at their leisure.
Facing the Ancient Rocks of the Middle East
The Rock Face City of Petra in Jordan was created by the Nabataeans, who settled in the area over 2,000 years ago. Originally a hub for the ancient silk and spice routes, it was only rediscovered just over 200 years ago.
The entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked on either side by 80-meter cliffs, and the first-century Treasury, which boasts fabulous carvings, stands at the end of the gorge.
Natural Phenomenon Formed over Millions of Years
Sunset in the Dolomites — which were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site — causes a unique natural phenomenon known as Enrosadira, which turns the west-facing rock face red. Formed over 250 million years ago, the Dolomites were part of the earth’s tropical zone where coral, algae, fish, and mollusks collected on the seabed, mixing with magma from volcanic eruptions.
The elements have since sculpted the valleys, leaving the spectacular landscape that we see today.
Ruined Cornish Coastal Mines
The ruined mines in Cornwall, England, are the remnants of 3,000 engine houses built in the 18th and 19th centuries and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.
Although the tin mines are now closed, visitors are able to walk along heritage trails, venture underground, pan for minerals and gems, or cycle along the 31-kilometer coastal trail known as the Cornwall Mineral Tramway.
Finding the Fairy Chimneys of Turkey
This remote area of Cappadocia in central Turkey is covered in what is referred to as “fairy chimneys” — volcanic peaks in which early settlers made homes, creating amazing rock-cut churches and other structures.
Visitors are able to trek around the chimneys, explore the caves of an underground city, or view the area from above in a hot air balloon or helicopter.
Migrating with the African Beasts
The Great Migration, which occurs annually in East Africa, is undoubtedly one of nature’s most spectacular displays – the sight of thousands of wild animals traveling across the seemingly endless plains is one to behold, reminding us of the great circle of life that we are all part of.
The optimal way to experience the Great Migration is through a mobile camp that moves to follow the animals each day.