Some archeological wonders are tourist traps, some are underdeveloped or overcrowded and others are just spellbinding. The places we find awesome and inviting stand out for the ease of access, the preservation and the fascination.
Perhaps the most iconic of all archeological sites due to its portrayal in popular film and tourism media, Petra is the kind of archeology that is stunningly preserved and hold up to the hype in our opinion. The best way to get in is to fly to Amman in Jordan we find it an unmissable stop for travel aficionados.
This trip allowed us to step into the shoes and homes of ancient Italians and see what a freeze frame of life looked almost two thousand years ago. The ruins are massive and still much work needs to be unearthed. It is well worth a half or full day of exploration, especially when visiting the Amalfi Coast.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Sitting just four miles North of Siem Reap, this is a true Temple Mountain arrangement with various galleries whose alignment and dimensions reflect funerary purposes. Like many religious structures it reflects the positions of the sun, moon and seasons in the art of thousands of figures. Tuk Tuks, buses, taxis and cars are all convenient ways to get to the temple, but for blissful and carefree transit we rented bikes in Siem Reap and perused the temple at our leisure. We can arrange for our clients day trips and tour guides as well from discerning operators.
The terracotta warriors are one of the most curious archeological finds on the planet and one that has always stayed in our memory as an experience beyond words. Thousands of these geniusly made shaped soldiers and characters guard the tomb of an emperor. The city of Xi’an in China is the closest transportation hub that has excellent hotels and many tour operators to the tomb.
Visiting the world’s greatest open air museum, brought us to the best of Egypt, temples, palaces, tombs and the Nile. There is an international airport nearby and many great hotel options for the remoteness of it. Tourism expansion is ongoing with new digs underway be sure to keep cool, it is one of the hottest cities in Egypt.
This is one of the largest and most important Mayan civilization archeology sites in the Americas. The dense jungle preserved this wonder in Northern Guatemala for centuries until its fairly recent excavation. We recommend earlier as better in order to beat the crowds and the heat. The nearby town and area of Peten is a major transit zone for cars, buses and even an airport. The stelas and burial sites are numerous and fascinating. We have arranged for several of our clients to visit this hidden gem.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
This is probably Mexico’s most famous city temple and a fascinating complex of Maya ruins for us. The area is full of cosmological symbols and impressive feats of architecture. We found tours are abundant and the history lessons are quite vivid. Over-exploration and injury to some of the buildings have made the approaches less accessible these days.