World Wonders – Best in April

Machu Picchu residential area, Peru

Machu Picchu residential area, photo by Christophe Meneboeuf

Best Ancient Sites to visit in April

Beware crowds, price rises and world wonders accommodation problems around Easter.

Machu Picchu, Peru

‘Lost’ Inca city, picture above. Amazingly scenic and well and mysterious old city built by the Incas on a hilltop surrounded by virgin mountains. Best: April-June, September-November. OK July, August. (winter). Avoid: December-March (rain).

A distant panoramic photo/map of Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu Pictures Guide

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Sphinx and four pyramids at Giza on the desert’s edge near Cairo, are a sensation – if you can survive the hawkers. Best: October-May.

Pyramids on Giza plateau with Cairo in background, Egypt, Africa

Pyramids Photos and information

Luxor, Egypt

The variety of spectacular temples, tombs and bizarre monuments astride the river Nile make this a tourist must-see. Best: January – April, October, November. Avoid: July, August. (heat).

A view of the Luxor Temple (east bank) from the River Nile, Egypt

Luxor Guide

An arid fairyland of temples and other monuments in multicoloured rock, unlike anything else on the planet. Best: March-June, September-November. Avoid: winter (cold) & summer (hot).

a Petra rock shop, Jordan

Petra Pictures

This decayed but atmospheric, jungle enveloped Maya city, featuring the planet’s most perfect pyramid and other fascinating structures. Best: November-April. Avoid: May-October (rains).

El Castillo [Pyramid of Kukulkan], Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza Photos

Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile

Rapa Nui, aka Easter Island, is a distant South Pacific island hosting few people but hundreds of huge, stone statues known as moai. Best: September – April but OK most of the year. Avoid: May (wet) and June-August.

 Easter Island sunrise, Rapa Nui, Chile

Easter Island Pictures

A truly magnificent and timeless piece of engineering, offering terrific walks too if you have the time. Best: April-July, September, October. Avoid: winter.

Rough track on a hike from Gate 23 of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, China

Great Wall Pictures

Persepolis & Isfahan, Iran

Persepolis is packed with tombs, palaces, sculptures and friezes in a beautiful location near Shiraz while Isfahan contains an ebullient scattering of colourful architecture. Best: April-June, September, October. Avoid: winter.

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal is the largest Mayan pyramid group, a wonderfully atmospheric place fighting off a screeching, buzzing jungle. Best: November-May. Avoid: June-October (rains).

Temple of the Great Jaguar in Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal tourist information

Kyoto and Nara, Japan

A large number of superb temples, Zen gardens and ancient tea houses surrounded by modern Japan. Best: March – May, October – November. Avoid: June-August.

Fushimi-Inari shrine and its multi-gates, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Pictures

An intact and intricately carved 9thC Buddhist temple housing a thousand Buddhas. Best: April-June, September, October. Avoid: December and January.

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

Borobudur Pictures

Palmyra, Syria

An ancient and ruined city in the middle of dusty, Syrian nowhere and now inaccessible due to civil war. Best: March-May, September-November. Avoid any season unless you are a jihadist.

Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra tourist information

The extraordinary marble tomb of Shah Jahan’s wife, in a calm, rural setting around a river bend from Shah Jahan’s Red Fort makes a sensational day’s sightseeing. Best: October-March. Avoid: the summer (extreme heat).

The Taj mahal and a boat on the River Yamuna, India

Taj Mahal Pictures

*Bhaktapur, Khatmandu, Nepal

A gorgeously restored medieval town, saturated with monuments and carvings, some very rude. Best: October, November, February, March. Avoid: July-September (rains).

a cow attacking a stone lion in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Bhaktapur Pictures Guide

These fairy chimneys are more of a geological wonder than a man made one, although men have dug homes into many of them. Best: May-September. Avoid: November-March.

Goreme village, Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia Pictures

*Stonehenge, England

Enormous shaped stones dating from 2100 BC, Stonehenge is a short distance from London and near some other excellent ancient sites. Best: May-September. Avoid October – February.

Stonehenge dreamy HDR shot, Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge Pictures and information

* Not the best month for this sight, but ok.