World Wonders, June Best

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China photographed by Craig Nagy

Best Ancient Sites to visit in June

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

Palmyra, Syria

Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria

Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria. Photo by Bernard Gagnon.

An ancient and ruined city in the middle of dusty, Syrian nowhere. Best: March-May, September-November. Avoid any season at present unless you are a jihadist. There is little of Palmyra is still standing due to crazed ISIS/ISIL fanatics.

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

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

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.

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

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

Borobudur buddhist stupa, Java island, Indonesia

Borobudur

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