Extremely remote, yet just as alluring. These destinations are a must visit for anyone looking to find wonder and beauty.
10) Kampala, Uganda
One of the ultimate African experiences is being able to explore the natural habitat of mountain gorillas; a rare pleasure and one that leaves you in complete awe.
These magnificent ancient caves, high above the Mekong River some 25km from Luang Prabang, have been a place of Buddhist worship and solitude for more than 600 years. Over that time, more than 4,000 images of Buddha have been placed inside them, creating a humbling place to ponder life’s greater mysteries.
The location is still relatively remote and will leave you powerless to do anything but relax and learn. The Galapagos Islands are an experience rarely available to the modern day tourist and the opportunity to explore a virtually untouched location is a huge inspiration.
This lost sandy peninsula in the south of Belize is another hidden gem that remains undiscovered by mainstream tourists. Aside from a few lost backpackers, it is a rare pleasure to relax with villagers in total anonymity. More lost islands are located just off the coast, which can be easily reached, and are highly recommended to those who have the extra time.
The Mayans left behind a majestic city that always seems remarkably undisturbed in the middle of its tropical jungle setting. By imagining how the Mayans once ruled this area of the world, it is easy to transport yourself back to a time of ancient and savage civilisation.
A journey through this lush wildlife playground in the middle of a dry open desert in Africa would leave you wanting more. Witness rhinos and baboons roaming effortlessly and free against a stunning backdrop of the setting African sun. It is a truly untouched experience, where you feel immersed in the land itself.
Angel Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls, and is certainly the highest in the world. The overall trip experience is heightened by the adventure one needs to endure to get there. Travelling down wild rivers by canoe and sleeping in hammocks along the riverside makes it an unforgettable quest to find this spectacular natural wonder.
The greatest monument to love on Earth. The passion that inspired the pristine structure, built so many centuries ago, leaves you in complete wonder. Even before its construction, the Taj Mahal was designed to become an inspiring example of beautiful architecture and remains so today, creating a powerful effect on visitors from all backgrounds.
Every Saturday morning, the world’s largest craft market is brought to life with a wash of vibrant colour as the Otavalo Indians come down from the hills to market their wares. The electric energy in the air is captivating and puts you in a mood to spend and take home a special memory of this unique place.
1) Lhasa, Tibet
At one time Tibet was the spiritual and cultural heart of Asia. While the people of Tibet have had their struggles since the Cultural Revolution, their spirit was still palpable as soon as we set foot in Lhasa. The Potala Palace sits looming over the city as Buddhist monks passed by on their daily routines, reminding you that this city was once the pulse of a nation in change.