We live in a world full of overwhelmingly impressive man-made historical wonders, and, over the hundreds of thousands of years of human history, we’ve managed to produce some really amazing things.
The story these ruins tell is part of us, and they hint at an understanding of our commonality, history and power. They reveal how we have developed and what prompted our adaption, and are places that simply have to be experienced.
So, whether it’s a year-end bonus or the results of savvy AFL Premiership betting, it’s highly recommended that you put your extra money towards taking a trip to see what our ancient ancestors were up to!
1. Machu Picchu in Peru, South America
Located in the southern part of Peru, Machu Picchu is a ruined city which lays on top of a mountain and is only accessible by a four-day trek or a train ride.
Rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American explorer, this town was an important cultural centre for the Incas, who abandoned it after the Spanish invasion. It is famously called the Lost City of the Incas, but this moniker actually refers to Vilcabamba, in the southern region of Ecuador.
Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, Machu Picchu was also named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Concerns over the increase in tourism have lead to limits being placed on the number of people allowed to enter the area, though only by a tiny part of what is actually necessary.
2. Tikal in Guatemala, Central America
Tikal is a Mayan city-state that stands as one of the biggest and best-preserved ruins of a civilization that was a dominant force during the Classic Period, from 200 AD through to 900 AD. Situated in Guatemala, it will allow you to tap in to your inner Indiana Jones in the early morning or late evening when the tourists head back to their hotels and it’s just you, the jungle, and whatever still lives there!
Tikal is very serene, and it’s highly recommended that you spend a night in the park if you can, as it’s far better to see it without the crowds. Watching the sun rise from atop one of the temples is something you’ll never forget.
3. The Pyramids, Egypt, Africa
The Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops, or the Pyramid of Khufu, is the oldest and biggest of the three pyramids in the Giza complex bordering on what is know El Giza in Egypt.
They are more than 3000 years old and we still don’t know for sure as to how they got built or how the Egyptians managed to situate them as precisely as they did. The three pyramids align to the stars and the summer and winter solstices, and contain many chambers that have still not been opened, and may remain closed forever. Some are so tiny not even a child could crawl through!
These structures are a true marvel in terms of human engineering, and, while you’re there, stop by and see the Sphinx, another historical site which baffles historians and is the subject of too many conspiracy theories to count.