The 20 most fascinating places in the world
We guarantee that this selection of 20 most fascinating places in the world will surprise even the most traveled! Save that link and have a look whenever you need inspiration …
1. Machu Picchu – Peru
Machu Picchu is one of those places that you have to enjoy at least once in your life. The inexplicable energy of the place and the beautiful landscape that surrounds this New Wonder of the World attract many travelers throughout the year.
We recommend you to get up early and arrive in the early hours of the morning to be able to see the first rays of sunlight opening through the fog that covers Machu Picchu during the night.
If the fog takes time to disappear, do not despair, time usually opens and shows Lost City of the Incas in all its grandeur!
2. Angkor Wat – Cambodia
Discovered in the late 16th century, the capital of the former Jemer empire is considered the largest religious structure in the world.
Angkor is one of the most amazing places in Asia and also on the planet. Countless tourists visit its temples daily, so getting up early is essential to be able to enjoy one of the best sunrises in the world and without many people around. Extending the day until sunset, when the light falls exactly in front of the temples, is also a prize that transforms the atmosphere of this place.
3. Taj Mahal, Agra – India
None of the lists of the most fascinating places on the planet will be complete without the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and the greatest work ever built for love.
Be sure to go to the bank opposite the Yamuna River, where you can contemplate an entirely different perspective from the view of the Taj Mahal. In the evening, the sunset lights make the mausoleum look incredibly beautiful.
4. Petra – Jordan
It is easy to feel like an explorer in Petra. Going through the first hour of the morning and facing the Treasury, one of Petra’s main wonders, is one of the most fascinating experiences you can have on your travels.
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We recommend that after that stop in front of the Treasury, you go to the Monastery, a place that, after a 45-minute climb, will leave you with your mouth open.
5. The Great Wall – China
Symbol of the country and one of the most famous places in the world, the Great Wall of China is one of those must-see places when traveling to the country – to the point that some say that anyone who did not visit the Chinese Wall when he was in Chinese territory, did not go to China. .
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Despite easy access from cities like Badaling, some 80 kilometers from Beijing, if you want to have a more authentic experience, go to the Jinshanling and Simatai regions 120 and 140 kilometers from the Chinese capital. There you can go trekking for 5 to 6 hours – not easy, but incredible – and explore, practically alone, little or nothing restored regions of the Great Wall of China.
6. Tikal – Guatemala
Located in the heart of the jungle and considered one of the most important sites of the ancient Mayan Civilization, Tikal is one of those places that will not leave you indifferent.
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We recommend that you spend enough time to get to know it and get close to the most important structures, especially those in the Grande Plaza, symbol of Tikal and also of Guatemala. Although Temple V’s sunrise is one of the great recommendations, we advise you not to forget the sunset, one of the most special moments in Tikal, both of Temple V and Temple II, in the Great Square.
7. Yellowstone – United States
A single visit to Yellowstone National Park alone justifies any trip to this region of the United States.
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This is where you can find half of the geothermal phenomena on the planet, as it is one of the hottest volcanic areas on Earth. In addition to geothermal phenomena, you will also find some of the most beautiful waterfalls, lakes and rivers in the world.
8. Abu Simbel – Egypt
Often overshadowed by the impressive Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel is also one of the most fascinating places on the planet and a must for any trip to Egypt.
There, it is possible to arrive by land, air or on board a cruise. The sensation of facing such a work face to face, made by a human being, is one of the moments of the trip that we guarantee you will never forget.
9. Jamaa el Fna Square, Marrakesh – Morocco
If there is an unmistakable place in Morocco, it is the Jamaa el Dna Square. Heart of Marrakesh and Medina. To arrive here is to enter the nerve center of the city, from which extends a tangle of small streets and corridors, which form one of the most famous spaces in the world.
Do not forget that when night falls Jamaa el Fna is transformed completely, and is filled with small shops, where people flock to taste the delicious Moroccan cuisine.
If you want to have the best views, go up on some terrace that surrounds the square and choose a good table. You will not regret.
10. Ngorongoro Crater – Tanzania
Considered one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is also one of the most important places in Tanzania, as it receives millions of travelers in search of contact with wild nature and idyllic landscapes.
11. Borobudur, Java – Indonesia
On the island of Java we find the largest Buddhist monument in the world, which stands majestically among the vegetation and offers a truly incredible view of the surrounding nature. The structure of the temple that seems to recreate a mandala.
12. Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem Israel
They say that there are places with history and that there is Jerusalem, history itself. There is no better description for this city, especially if we think of one of the most incredible routes that can be visited inside it: Via Dolorosa.
Whether Christian or not, we guarantee that following all the stations that recreate the Way of the Cross until reaching Calvary is one of the most fascinating experiences in the world.
13. Arashiyama, Kyoto – Japan
Who has never seen the impressive image of a bamboo grove in Japan? We can find it in Kyoto, one of the best known cities in the country. As the forest is located outside the city, we recommend that you take an afternoon to visit and enjoy the sunset, when the lighting makes the place even more charming.
14. Sigiriya – Sri Lanka
Considered by many to be the most important archaeological site in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya rises at 370 meters over a wide plain, revealing the caprice of nature.
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Used for two centuries as a monastery and later as a royal palace, it created one of the most impressive enclaves in the world. Although Sigiriya is considered one of the most famous places in Sri Lanka, don’t forget to stop in Dambulla, Polonnaruwa y Anuradhapura, all located in the famous Cultural Triangle.
15. Sukhothai Park – Thailand
If there is one place in Thailand that you cannot miss, it is undoubtedly Sukhothai Park. Located about 500 kilometers from Bangkok, it is a perfect stop if you are traveling across the country towards Chiang Mai.
The ancient capital of the Sukhothai kingdom, from the 13th and 14th centuries, offers us the possibility to enter one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world. Did you see how Thailand can offer much more than just beautiful Thai beaches ?
16. Stonehenge – United Kingdom
If there is a mysterious place in Europe, it is Stonehenge. Considered one of the most important prehistoric monuments in the world, this impressive stone circle of more than 5,000 years old, for which the function is not known, represents one of the most fascinating places in the world.
17. Easter Island – Chile
A dream of many travelers, Easter Island is located 3,600 kilometers off the coast of Chile, in the Pacific Ocean, and is also one of the most mysterious places in the world.
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With an ancestral culture, dream beaches, centuries-old traditions, amazing volcanoes and mysterious symbolic figures of the island (one of the most isolated islands in the world , by the way), this remote corner of the planet guarantees more magical moments than any trip .
18. Waitomo – New Zealand
These limestone caves, located in New Zealand, would not be what they are, were it not for the incredible and unusual inhabitants of its walls: the larvae of the luminous Arachnocampa insect . These animals emit a brilliant light, used as a decoy for their prey, transforming the interior of the caves into a totally fascinating setting.
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19. Pammukale – Turkey
Also called the Cotton Castle, many say that this caprice of nature is the 8th Wonder of the World. Formed more than 15 thousand years ago by the underground water that springs to more than 34 degrees, the puddles are of an immaculate white that give the sensation of being in the clouds.
20. Moraine Lake – Canada
Located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, Lake Moraine is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. And we don’t say it. After all, his image is one of the most photographed in the country, in addition to being stamped on the Canadian $ 20 bills.