PYRAMIDS IN EGYPT
Egypt is a famous for its ancient civilizations and is the proud home to some of the world’s most famous sights and monuments. The pyramids of Egypt are some of the ancient monuments you are likely to see in Egypt. You may have seen the pyramid behind the dollar bill, in cartoons and in movies but nothing prepares you for their magnitude, size and mystery.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest monument on the list of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world that is still standing. It is a marvel at human engineering and construction. It is the largest of the three pyramids whose sheer size and scale rivals any other building built within the last few centuries. Its construction is still a subject of debate amongst scholars, scientists and engineers due to its massive size and compass perfect proportions.
The Pyramids of Egypt open up your mind to a past that you have never imagined even in your wildest of dreams and worth a visit before you die, and certainly on any trip to Egypt!
PETRA IN JORDAN
Petra is one of Jordan’s most precious cities. The Nabateans literally curved out the city from vibrant red, white and pink cliff faces creating such intricate complexes that still stand to date. Petra remained unexplored for ages and it was refered as the ‘Lost City’ until the 19th century when it an intrepid Swiss traveler dressed as a Bedouin ‘rediscovered’ it.
The city consisting of ancient tombs, monuments, temples and obelisks lies on the edge of the Arabian Desert and was once a thriving trading center and Nabateans capital between 400 B.C and A.D 106. The city became famous in the Indiana Jones movie ‘The Last Crusader’. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and became a New World Wonder in 2007.
The rose-colored city of Petra is mysterious, soaked in history and majestic, it is over 2000 years old and continues to woe visitors. It is one amazing wonder of the world to visit before you die.
AYRES ROCK IN AUSTRALIA
Ayers Rock in Australia is also refered in its aboriginal name Uluru. It is a large rock formation in the heart of the vast Australian continent in Uluru-Karta Tjuta National Park. It is a huge rock jutting up above 350m from its barren environment and amazingly extends further that its height underground. It is the second largest monolith in the world right after Mount Augustus also in Australia.
It is one of Australia’s most iconic landmark whose most remarkable feature is its homogeneity and lack of jointing and parting at bedding surfaces leading to the lack of development of scree slopes and soils. These characteristics led to its survival when the rest of the surrounding rocks eroded.
Visitors can climb the Uluru Rock or explore its base, however watching the sunsets and sunrise over the rock reveals a spectacle of colors as it changes from its terracotta hue to violet/blue tinge. Renting a campervan is a popular way of travelling in Australia, and it is perfect for seeing Ayres rock as you can park up with the prime view for sunrise and sunset.