World Wonders September 2017-06-12T13:07:41+00:00

World Wonders September

Petra tomb, Jordan

The ‘Treasury’ in Petra’s magnificent lost city, Jordan,

Best Ancient Sites to visit in September

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

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

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.

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.

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

Palmyra, Syria

Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra tourist information

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.

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

*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

* Not the best month for this wonder, but survivable

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