Oscar Wilde wrote, that when good Americans die, they go to Paris. And where shall we go before we die, the good and the bad? Whatever direction you choose, there will be something absolutely jaw-dropping. Whatever continent you embark, you will be able to find a truly hidden gem. Whether you are an experienced traveler or just a beginner in the wanderlust, there are spots that will satisfy your cravings for a life long inspiration.
HERE IS A LIST OF THE MOST INSIGHTFUL PLACES ON OUR WONDERFUL PLANET:
1. MACHU PICCHU, PERU
Machu Picchu, Peru
The Old Mountain, or Machu Picchu, is one of the most touristy attractions in South America. It is included in the list of wonders of the world, an icon of Inca civilization, and every day thousands of travelers prove it wonderful or not to themselves as they take the ancient Inca Trail on the way to its heart. But there is nothing to say about it as the place is as sacred as each and everyone’s life and as you contemplate the valley from the top of the mountain through the veil of the first sun rays, you get to realize that nothing is permanent in this world.
2. THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA, CHINA
The Great Wall of China, China
Whether you are the fan of climbing the stairs or not, the Great Wall of China will make you one. It is so long, that archeologists still haven’t come to one number about its length. Some say it is about 8,000 km while others state it’s more than 20,000 km with all its branches. But as you move up from tower to tower, you can clearly see that the wall is merging into the horizon of greenish hills, and it will be unimportant to measure anything anymore as only one moment matters – the moment you make one step forward.
3. SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
If you have an account on Instagram, you probably saw some hilarious 3D pictures posted by wanderlust travelers under the hashtag of #SalardeUyuni and #saltflat. You must be wondering how they managed to ‘place’ an object on the palm without walking a mile. That is something absolutely peculiar about the place – it is so flat that the whole world seems two-dimensional. Not only is it flat, but it is also surrounded by tremendously high Andes. So that is where you can experience dualism in action.
4. PERITO MORENO GLACIER, ARGENTINA
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Have you ever seen anything as celestial as a glacier in nature? If you are visualizing the bluish skies or the surface of the mountain lake, you stand far from the celestial color in your imagination as there is nothing as divinely celestial as the glacier.
It is located in Argentinian part of Patagonia, and it is growing glacier. When you look at it from the view platform or aboard of the ship that takes you closer to it, you will have a sensation of wearing special filter glasses. And as it ruptures with roaring from time to time, you get to realize that you are not dreaming.
5. LUMBINI, NEPAL
It is believed that Buddha was born in a little place named Lumbini, a 5 km village in Nepal. Now it is a Buddhist pilgrimage. There is a garden in the center of the place where most of the pilgrims can be spotted – they walk around the sacred tree, ornamented with colorful patches with prayers. Women in red sari burn incense sticks at the altar placed at the bottom of the tree, and as you breathed this scent in, you inhale the important message that Peace is all we need.
6. ATAKAMA DESERT, CHILE
Atakama Desert, Chile
The Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar desert in the world. And that is the place where you can contemplate the old lights – stars – almost all year round. It is red and yellow, and the sunset here feels like the earth and the sky try to exchange its positions or blend into one another. So when you sit on one of the cliffs amidst the desert, you reflect on your life as of something similar – we all have a desert to overcome.
7. EIFFEL TOWER
Even if you live in Paris or somewhere around, Eiffel tower is Must See. Although everyone says it’s bigger than they have imagined, you have to prove it right as well. It is a manifestation of our dreams in life – aspirations and ambitions. And as it is towering above other buildings in Paris, sparkling during the night, you turn into a child again, believing into miracles.
8. HALONG BAY, VIETNAM
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Never took any mythology seriously? You will change your perception when you find yourself surrounded by thousands of islands ascending from the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam. There is the myth that those islands were created by a dragon that perhaps hides somewhere under the waters or in one of the numerous caves around. Why not check it out?
9. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The islands are called a ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’ as the Galápagos are a home for many marine and amphibious species such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise, the sea lion, the flightless cormorant and many others. And all these creatures dwell there in relative isolation from the hectic urban world. So when you step upon their kingdom, you will feel like once Darwin did – inspired by life’s extreme diversity.
10. THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, IRELAND
The Stairway to Heaven, Ireland
And finally why not test a breathtaking climb of thestairs leading to heaven some time at a dawn, when the sun is crawling behind the greenest hills and gives you a sensation of rebirth? Although after ascending over 52 steps you will not enter a paradise, but you will surely fall in love in life again.