From the majestic splendor of Angkor Wat's religious temples to the architectural dynamos that are Egypt's pyramids, ruins are a stretch of the imagination and a testament to once thriving civilizations or as a home to religious lore. If you're ever in Peru, Cambodia, or Greece, leaving these ruins out of your itinerary is a crime.
Machu Picchu, Peru – More than 20,000 people visit Machu Picchu each year for religious intervention, trekking the 27 mile Inca Trail to reach an old civilization with mazes and mazes of stone architecture with stone steps weaving in and out of old palaces and temples. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Inca trail reaches more than 3000 meters in altitude, testing the senses. Its become such a religious site that the Peruvian government has set quotas to the number of visitors allowed to visit the trail every day with tours led by licensed operators only. Look to go from April to October, the non-rainy months.
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia – Formerly the home of the god kings, Angkor Park comprises of more than 150 square miles of religious buildings, including the world's largest temple, Angkor Wat. Its neighboring temples and structures are just as impressive, including the Bayon, a parade of carved sculptured faces in honor of one of Cambodia's kings, and Ta Prohm, temples hidden within a jungle that is covered in large vines with a large Buddha face tower.
Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt – Forever an unsolved mystery how engineers from ages past built stone blocks to a perfect scale, the Great Pyramid of Giza is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to Great Pyramid complex with its collection of smaller pyramids holding the Great Sphinx, the biggest monolith statue in the world and dedicated to the pharaoh Khafra.