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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].
Machu Picchu tourist information Machu Picchu
of Giza, Egypt. The Sphinx and three pyramids
at Giza, on the desert's edge near Cairo, are a sensation - if you can survive the hawkers. Best: October-May.
Giza Pyramid tourist information Pyramid
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].
Luxor Guide Luxor
Jordan. 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
Petra tourist information Jordan
Travel Guide Petra
Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. 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].
Chichen Itza tourist information Chichen
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Nui [Easter Island], 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 tourist information Easter
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Wall, China. A truly magnificent and timeless piece of engineering, offering terrific walks too if you have the time. Best: April-July, September, October. Avoid:
Great Wall tourist information Great Wall Pictures China
& 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:
Persepolis tourist information
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].
Tikal tourist information Guatemala
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.
Kyoto tourist information Kyoto
Java, Indonesia. An intact and intricately carved 9thC
Buddhist temple housing a thousand Buddhas. Best: April-June, September, October. Avoid: December and January.
Borobudur tourist information Indonesia
Travel Guide Borobudur
Syria. An ancient and
ruined city in the middle of a deserted desert in a Syrian nowhere.
Best: March-May, September-November. Avoid winter
Palmyra tourist information Syria Travel
Mahal, Agra, India. 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].
Taj Mahal tourist information India
Travel Guide Taj Mahal
Khatmandu, Nepal. A gorgeously restored medieval town, saturated with
monuments and carvings, some very rude Nepal
Pictures II [Bhaktapur].Best: October, November, February, March. Avoid: July-September [rains].
Bhaktapur tourist information Nepal
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Turkey. 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.
Cappadocia tourist information Cappadocia
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.
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Not the best month for this sight, but ok.