As I said in my previous post about My Bucket List, there is a large list of places I want to see in the world. Mostly consisting of real-life mythological places, ancient civilizations and Wonders of the World. I’ve always been fascinated by these sorts of things, I even wanted to be an archaeologist when I was younger. Despite not following that career, I still want to explore these places and try learn more about them. Not to mention the adventures I could have in doing so. So here are the 15 places that I most want to see… (unfortunately I couldn’t get no copyright images for them all)
15. Tikal, Guatemala
Starting the list with somewhere that looks straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, Tikal is an ancient Mayan citadel. It can be found in the rainforests of Northern Guatemala and could possibly date back to the 1st Century AD. Some of the monumental structures date back even further, as far as the 4th Century BC. Imagine exploring an area with structures like the Temple of the Grand Jaguar and the ceremonial Lost World Pyramid.
14. Poenari Castle, Romania
In Arefu, Romania, you would find the Poenari Castle ruins. Originally constructed in the 13th Century but brought back to life and fame in the 15th Century by Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad The Impaler. I don’t know about you but I think it would be pretty cool to go see a fortress that was actually used by Vlad The Impaler, the real-life Dracula. I’d love to visit and discover a bit more about the legend. Not to mention the views from the castle would be stunning!
13. Bran Castle, Romania
Following on with the Dracula legends… Bran Castle is believed to be the inspiration behind the castle in Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ despite the fact Stoker never visited. The 14th Century castle can be found in Bran, near Brașov in Romania. Although, the region is also known as… Transylvania. Through the Dracula legend, the castle is also linked to Vlad The Impaler, even though there is little to no historical connection between them. Although Dracula is fiction (I hope), it would be amazing to go see one of the most famous castles in all of Romania and learn about the history of the castle.
12. Cape Matapan Caves, Greece
The most southern part of mainland Greece, Cape Matapan or alternatively known, Cape Tainaron, is quite a significant place in Greek Mythology. Tenarus was an ancient town at the very tip of Cape Matapan. Nearby to Tenarus there was (and still is) a cave which according to Greek Mythology, is the home of Hades – God of the Underworld. According to legend, Cape Tainaron is where Hercules brought up Cerberus from the underworld as his 12th labor. I’ve always been so intrigued by Greek Mythology so to go and visit such a place would be incredible!
11. Petra, Jordan
Recognize this place from a film? You would be right. It features in movies such as ‘Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade’ as the location of The Holy Grail, ‘The Mummy Returns’ and even ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’. As one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’, I’d love to go and see this magnificent historical and archaeological city. It is located in Southern Jordan in a basin among the mountains and dates back possibly as early as the 5th century BC. How amazing would it be to visit such a historical place like Petra!?
10. Great Wall Of China, China
One of the greatest Wonders of the World, everyone has heard of The Great Wall of China. The wall reaches nearly 22,000km in length and dates back to as early as the 7th Century BC. Repairing and rebuilding the wall has been essential through the years, each Dynasty adding more to the wall. Most of the existing wall you see today is from the Ming Dynasty. I hope, one day, I can visit for myself and witness one of the most impressive architectural feats in history.
9. Chichen Itza, Mexico
Another location that looks straight out of an Indiana Jones film… Chichen Itza. In an eastern part of the Yucatán State in Mexico, you would find this city, built by the Maya people that dates back to nearly 900AD. Although, the city core could have been developed as early as 750AD. It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in all of Mexico! I’d love to go see the ruins for myself, especially the Temple of Warrior and El Castillo. (The Giant Pyramid in the picture)
8. Giza Pyramid Complex, Egypt
The Giza Pyramid Complex, found bordering Giza in Egypt contains a variety of archaeological sites. The largest being the Great Pyramid of Giza which is the largest and last standing of the Wonders of the Ancient World. It’s also the oldest and largest of the 3 pyramids in the Giza Pyramid Complex. The Great Pyramid is also believed to have been commissioned by the Pharaoh, Khufu, and constructed around 2580-2560BC. The complex, along with the 3 Pyramids, contains the Great Sphinx and several smaller pyramids, burial sites and worker villages which would be absolutely amazing to see! It would be a real insight in to the life of the Ancient Egyptians.
7. Kunlun Mountains, China
If you’re a Marvel Comics fan, you’ve no doubt heard the term ‘Kunlun’. In the comics, it’s a mythical place and home to ‘The immortal Iron fist’. The Kunlun mountains even feature in Chinese Mythology as symbol representing the *Axis Mundi and Divinity. However, the Kunlun Mountains are an actual mountain range in China and are one of the longest mountain chains in Asia, spanning over 3,000km. The highest peak in the range is Liushi Shan, also known as the Kunlun Goddess, which reaches 23,514ft (7167m). I’d love to climb some of the mountains in this range, maybe try discover more about Chinese Mythology, the Axis Mundi and Divinity.
*The Axis Mundi, in certain beliefs, is the world center or the connection between Heaven and Earth.
6. Mount Olympus, Greece
Back to Ancient Greece with this one. According to Greek Mythology, the highest peak of Mount Olympus, Mytikas, is the home of the 12 Olympian Greek Gods. Mytikas, meaning “nose”, reaches a height of 9573ft (2918m)! Olympus is the largest mountain in Greece and can be found in the Olympus Range between Thessaly and Macedonia. I don’t only want to go and view and admire the mountain from a distance, I would love to actually climb it. What an achievement that would be, to climb to the home of the Greek Gods!
5. Parthenon/ The Acropolis, Greece
Above the city of Athens sits ‘The Acropolis’. An ancient citadel containing several buildings of great historical significance. The most famous of these buildings being the ‘Parthenon’. The construction on the Parthenon is said to have started way back in 447BC and it is still partially standing to this day. Another of the buildings I would like to see is the Temple of Athena Nike, dedicated to… you guessed it, the Goddess Athena. This temple was built around 449-420BC, making it slightly older than the Parthenon. However, due to wars and decay, the temple has been disassembled and rebuilt numerous times over the years. Although, in the museum, you can glimpse fragments of the original temple. I would love to go explore The Acropolis and learn more about Ancient Greece and the Olympian Gods.
4. Machu Picchu, Peru
Another of the 7 New Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel located in the Eastern Cordillera of Southern Peru. Sitting high in the Andes Mountains on a ridge at 7970ft (2430m). Since it’s discovery in 1911, Machu Picchu has become both a cultural and heritage site. Also, it is Peru’s most visited attraction and collects a massive revenue from tourism. However, tourists that reach the citadel may suffer from altitude sickness which can actually result in death. Regardless of the dangers, I still want to go to Machu Picchu and learn more about the Inca people. Not to mention it would definitely be an adventure.
3. Shangri-La, China/ Tibet
Shangri-La is believed to be a fictional place at the Western end of the Kunlun Mountains. However, in 2001, the ancient town of Zhongdian in South-Western China was renamed to Shangri-La. Apparently the town was renamed because it bears such a strong resemblance to the fictional Shangri-La but people argue that it was only done to increase tourism. Who knows? Hopefully, if I get there someday, I’ll be able to find out for myself and see if Shangri-La really is like a hidden Utopia.
2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef takes up 2 places on my bucket list – sky dive and scuba dive. It can be found just off the east coast of Queensland, Australia in the Coral Sea and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Covering 344,400km, it is the world’s largest coral reef and can actually be seen from space! Unfortunately, due to warmer water temperatures, large sections of the reef are dying. As a result of these climate changes, a huge Northern part of the reef had actually died during 2016. It’s scary how much we, as humans, are damaging the planet.
1. Everest Base Camp
Finally, Everest Base Camp, another on my Bucket List so of course it’s going to be on this list. Imagine being able to say you made it to Base Camp, what a feeling you would have! The Base Camp sits at around 17,598ft (5,364m) up on the slopes of Everest, what an achievement it would be to make it there. Certainly, if given the chance, I wouldn’t stop at the Base Camp. To reach Everest’s summit would be a dream-come-true, although I’m keeping it (semi) realistic.
There are so many more places that I want to see, but for now I’ll leave it with these 15. I might do my next post on them and then leave the subject of Bucket Lists and such for a while. Let me know what you think of these places in the comment section!
Thanks for reading!