Lost & Found - Ancient ruins of the world
We love looking back to ancient civilisations and lands that time forgot. Here are our top ruined landmarks you should definitely explore.
1. Machu Picchu, Urubamba, Peru
On the Eastern slopes of the Andes, in the middle of the tropical mountain forest, is Machu Picchu – the most amazing creation of the Inca Empire. The area became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, 72 years after it was discovered in 1911. An Inca Trail Trek is a truly magical experience, where guided groups hike to the lost city. Guides of the trail still carry shiny metal objects as a charm to ward off evil spirits – make sure you’re prepared!
2. Petra, Jordan
Petra is Jordan’s greatest tourist attraction and had its movie debut in the legendary ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. Nabataeans, native Arabs who settled in the area over 2000 years ago, carved the city into the rock face. Petra used to serve as an important trade route between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea.
3. Ayutthaya, Thailand
This city was founded in 1350 and is one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century, but even the remains of reliquary towers and monasteries show how grand the city actually was. The magic of Ayutthaya can still be experienced through a visit today – just make sure you stay away from the stray dogs!
4. Tikal, Guatemala
Tikal, set in the rainforest, is the largest of all the ancient Mayan sites in the Americas and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It is home to many pyramidal temples, large complexes and burial spots - a tour here is also a fantastic opportunity to see monkeys, jaguars, coral snakes and many tropical birds. We recommend taking the sunrise tour to catch a glimpse of the sun rising from behind Temple IV.
5. The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
The Colosseum is a symbol of the cruel and power hungry nature of the Roman Empire. Built by 60,000 Jewish slaves the ‘theatre of death' was used to kill criminals, fighters and animals. The Colosseum has 84 entrances and can accommodate over 55,000 people, more than some modern sports venues! Even with such a barbaric past this site is a must see for all tourists visiting Italy.