Strolling around cities and taking in the sites is great, but nothing is more rewarding than having to earn the remarkable vista of an ancient civilization’s major landmark. Whether it’s hacking your way through the jungles of Central America, or canoeing down a remote river in New Zealand, the thrill of discovering something for yourself is a longing that sits within us all.
From Sicily, Tunisia, and Egypt, to Peru, and Cambodia, here are five of the best Indiana Jones style adventures to exciting landmarks around the world.
TREK TO MACHU PICCHU, PERU
Located just outside of Cuzco, Peru, Machu Picchu was built in 1450 by the Incas, but was abandoned only a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. For the next four-hundred and sixty years the sacred city was kept a local secret, until it was found again by Hiram Bingham in 1911.
Today there are multiple options for trekking the old Incan roads and paths that lead you through the Sun Gate and to stunning views of this New Wonder of the World.
HIKE THE TRAIL TO ANGKOR, CAMBODIA
Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia, and its numerous ruins and forests that stretch over 400 square kilometers contain the various capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. These include the most famous Temple of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and the Bayon Temple.
Trekking through these various ruins can take over a day, depending on how much time you spend taking in the various symbolic and architectural designs.
EXPLORE THE VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES IN SICILY, ITALY
The Island of Sicily is home to a vast array of relics that span through virtually all major Mediterranean empires, perhaps its most famous sight, however, is the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of eight temples and a variety of other ruins that were built between 510BC and 430BC.
The temples are: The Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius.
WALK WITH THE REAPER IN THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS, EGYPT
While the Pyramids of Giza might get most of the tourist attention, the Valley of the Kings feels like a discovery even though the area has been visited for thousands of years. Sometimes known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings, it was here that for a period of nearly 500 years the Paharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom began their trips into the afterlife.
The site consists of 63 tombs and chambers, including the tomb of Tutankhamun with its rumored Curse of the Pharaohs.
STEP BACK IN TIME IN CARTHAGE, TUNISIA
Carthage was once the heart of an empire, which ruled much of the western Mediterranean under its famous leader Hannibal, though it would later fall to Rome and become the capital of the Roman province of Africa. While it is only a twenty-minute trip from today’s capital of Tunis, the many Phoenician and Roman ruins, including the Antonin Baths and the Basilica of Saint-Cyprien, will make you want to explore the whole of the area.
No matter where you decide to go for you next trip, take a look at history tours and guide sites like Saga navigator that will allow you to unleash the Indiana Jones inside of you!
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