World Wonders September

The Treasury in Petra, 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).

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 truly magnificent and timeless piece of engineering, offering terrific walks too if you have the time. Best: April-July, September, October. Avoid: winter.

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.

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.

Palmyra, Syria

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.

*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.

*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.

* Not the best month for this wonder, but survivable