Erupting in Santorini or Peaking in the Peaks: which of these incredible destinations is on YOUR bucket list?
1. Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu probably is the most familiar icon of the Inca world. The site is situated on a mountain ridge, 2,430 metres above sea level. The ‘City of the Incas’ is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
2. Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. It is so wide that it can even be seen from outer space. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
Santorini is an island in the Aegean Sea, about 200 kilometres from the Greek mainland. Now appearing as a cluster of islands, Santorini is essentially what is left of the rim of an enormous volcanic crater. No wonder it’s so steep in places.
4. Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in El Giza, Egypt. It’s also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. For over 3,800 years this pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world!
5. Galápagos Islands
The Galápagos Islands is an archipelago of volcanic islands situated in the Pacific Ocean, close to Ecuador. The Galápagos Islands and its surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, national park and biological marine reserve. The islands are known for their unique species, famously studied by Charles Darwin.
6. Sahara Desert
The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert. It stretches from the Red Sea to the outskirts of the Atlantic Ocean, covering most of Northern Africa. That’s a lot of sandcastle fodder.
7. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal, the jewel of Muslim art in India, is a white marble mausoleum in Agra. Although the mausoleum is the famous part of the Taj Mahal, it’s actually a large complex of structures, whose construction took over 31 years to complete.
Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. It consists of a plateau characterized by sand, lava fields, mountains and glaciers. Many of the glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands of the country. Iceland is not as cold as people think; it is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate.
9. Peak District
The world’s second most visited national park, the Peak District spreads into five English counties and is home to the most beautiful and quintessentially English countryside. The Peak District is home to a magnificent collection of wildlife and also to a high density of ley lines and stone circles.
10. Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza is large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya civilization. This archaeological site is located at the mouth of the well of the Itza, in Yucatán, Mexico.
There it is: the world contains just shy of 200 countries, with thousands of amazing destinations scattered amongst them.
What did we miss out? Yellowstone? Petra? The Annapurna Circuit? Crikey, the list could go on forever. Why not leave a comment telling us YOUR top 3? Maybe we could make an infographic….