The days were hot that we explored the Temples of Bagan. We hired a horse cart for one day and a bicycle for the next. One thing we remember the most was that our horse cart driver was expecting a child any day now. It was a happy time.
Monastery in Petra, Jordan
Having the chance to visit Petra was a dream come true. We had heard about this ancient city but never thought that we’d get there. To have a guide from the Jordan Tourism Board and a Petra official long for our walk through the ruins allowed for us to experience a Petra that many others don’t get to see.
The Ruins of Hampi
We didn’t even know Hampi existed before going to India. But we were told about it while studying Yoga in Goa. We hopped on a train to see this city among the boulders where people still live among the ruins, sell their wares in the bizarre and worship at the temples.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
It’s the most famous of all ruins of the world. The Pyramids of Giza don’t disappoint. We saw them by camel and were thoroughly ripped off by the sly guides. We didn’t care a bit as we had just witnessed the mysterious temples that we have seen on movies and television all through our childhood.
5.Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
The fog was heavy when we first arrived at Machu Picchu and we worried that we would never fully see this ancient city high in the Andes. But soon the sun burnt off the clouds and the complex was revealed. We were mesmerized by the sheer scope of how a people could build this structure on the slope of a mountain.
It was by far our favourite place to visit. Mounds of earth bursted out of the ground in conical shapes and we knew that there was yet another temple waiting to be discovered. Howler monkeys could be heard in the distance and spider monkeys and toucans dropped berries pits upon our heads. It was the leaf cutter ants that caught our attention though. We watched them work hustling back and forth along the distinct trail that their path had left behind. It was mesmerizing.
7.Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The mother of all ruins, Angkor Wat was brought to the masses in Lora Crofts Tomb Raider. This ancient Khmer Temple is being overrun with tourists these days, but when we were there one could still outrun the tour buses by taking a tuk tuk to remote corners of the complex. Whenever we saw a bus coming, we hopped in our ride and told our driver to high tail it out of there and on to the next temple.
8.Chizen Itza, Mexico
The first archeological site we ever visited. We took a tour from our resort in the Mayan Riviera and enjoyed every minute of our day. We learned about the ancient Mayans, climbed to the top of the main temple and listened to the acoustics of the ball court.
9. Jerash, Jordan
The Ruins of Jerash
One of the most well preserved Roman Ruins in the world can be found in the Middle East. The hand of Rome reached far and nothing shows that more than the impressive Jerash Ruins.
10. Tonina, Mexico
Tonina Ruins in Chiapas, Mexico
Deep in the south of Mexico you will find the quiet ruins of Tonina in Chiapas. The complex itself is 2 square km but only a small portion of it has been excavated. Why did we love this so much? There was nobody around to stop us from exploring it to the fullest. The most exciting moment was walking through the 50 metre passageway. It’s pitch black and claustrophopic. You need to run your hand along the walk to find your way, but watch out for spiders!
11. Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China
We didn’t expect to be impressed by the Great Wall, we even went to the site expecting to be disappointed. I’m glad that we allowed ourselves to change our minds. The Great Wall was one of the best ruins we have ever visited. The Mu Tian Yu section is practically deserted and you can walk along the 2.5 km section enjoying the countryside and imagining the great battles that took place between the Chinese Empire and the Mighty Mongols.