World Wonders August

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge photo by Sanjay Nair.

Best Ancient Sites to visit in August

August is generally not a good month to explore wonders of the world. Most of them are either incredibly, unbearably hot, or totally and constantly wet. Or both. Not to mention the seething, sweating crowds of climatically confused tourists on summer holidays.

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

*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

*Angkor, Cambodia

A mass of stunningly conceived and carved, world beating Khmer wonders surrounded by jungle and tourists. Best: December- February. Avoid: April (extreme heat), September, October.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor 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

* Not the best month for this one but ok

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