“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
1. Machu Picchu
I can’t even imagine actually being able to travel to Machu Picchu. The hike from Qorihuayrachina, takes four days through the Peruvian landscapes and rising 13,800 ft in altitude. This is number one on my list because it has always been a dream of mine. Not only the opportunity to see this ancient landscape and be so immersed in nature, but also the physical test of hiking and camping of four days straight is something I would love to accomplish.
The most distinct structures include the Temple of the Sun and the Intihuatana stone, a sculpted granite rock that is believed to have functioned as a solar clock or calendar.
2. El Caminito Del Rey
This is a relatively uncommon tourist attraction, mostly because it was very unkept and dangerous to travel because it was falling apart. They recently restored it in 2015 and is now much safer to travel. I want to hike this because it seems like such a unique experience, and not something everyone can say they have done.
El Caminito Del Rey is located in Malaga, Spain. It is a walkway pinned to the walls of a gorge that used to be the route for workers at a near by hydro electric plant. The pathway provided access certain areas to transport materials and perform inspections. It’s now open for tourists and hikers to explore!
3. City of Petra
You may be sensing a bit of a theme here, most of these locations I want to travel are in the middle of no where and are mostly uninhabited. I’m finding that I am drawn to locations that are more undiscovered. Yes, Machu Picchu and Petra are “tourist attractions” but I feel like they hold a lot of mystery, and history (unintentional rhyme). There are also opportunities like the Mountain Of Aaron near Petra, which is the highest peak in the area. It features a small church at the top, as well as the tomb of Aaron, who was the brother of Moses. The hike takes about four hours, but it’s something not as many “tourists” do.
Petra was once a thriving trading center and the capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106.
4. The Wulong Karst
Why not?! Look at those photos! This decision is based on the opportunity to see this incredible landscape which features three natural bridges, lotus caves and underground streams, just to name a few.
Once at the karst site, the walk on a paved path is downhill and takes about 90 minutes at a leisurely pace. During the walk, you’ll see three massive stone archways and an almost mystical building under the Tianlong Bridge.
5. The Amazon Rainforest
I would LOVE to take a trip to the Amazon Rainforest and spend time backpacking through these mostly unexplored landscapes that hold so much beauty. It is something I have always wanted to do and plan on accomplishing in the near future!
The Amazon is estimated to have 16,000 tree species and 390 billion individual treesIt is believed that there may still be as many as 50 Amazon native tribes living in the rainforest that have never been in contact with the rest of the world.The Amazon River is by far the world’s largest river by volume. It has over 1,100 tributaries, 17 of which are longer than 1000 miles.
So, this last one may take a lifetime to do, and possibly may never happen, but its still on my list. I love space, I have always been obsessed and intrigued by it. I feel like there is an endless amount of information to learn about space, and we are learning more every year. When I was growing up I would go out on our deck every clear night and stare at the different stars and what ever else is up there for what felt like hours. The idea of not being on earth is so perplexing to me and something I would love to experience. To be able to look down and see the earth would be incredible!
What are your top 6 locations you want to travel? Let me know below!