World Wonders July

Cappadocia souvenirs, Turkey

Stonehenge in summertime but somehow (very late? ) without the crowds. Photo by Lachlan Fearnley

Best Ancient Sites to explore in July

July is generally not a good month to visit ancient sites. 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

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

*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

* Not the best month for this wonder, but ok

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