There are some places in the world that simply take your breath away. Places so beautiful, it is hard to believe that they are actually real – other are so remote, that you can feel privileged just to have been there. One thing is for sure, browsing the internet makes you realise just how much there is out there for you to enjoy. Of course, many people list the same attractions over and over again, but today I’m going to treat you to something a little different. You may know some, and may never have heard of others, but here are the top attractions to see from the sky:
Machu Picchu, Peru:
This phenomenal city, which was once lost in the Andes Mountains, is one of the most beautiful sites in the world. The official discovery of this historic site came in 1911, with it being thought to have been built in 1450. Some tour companies have tried to organise tourist flights over the UNESCO World Heritage Site without much luck, but you can get amazing aerial views from other viewpoints, or view it from a distance by helicopter. This magnificent Incan style location was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 on an internet poll, and should be seen from all angles to truly appreciate it.
Great Wall of China:
Noted as the only landmark that American astronauts could see from space with the naked eye, this staggering attraction is simply breathtaking. Whether you follow the route via airplane, hover over it in a hot air balloon, or even view it from space (in the future) – the Great Wall will always remain a man-made marvel. Thousands of people trek to China to hike along certain stretches of the 8,851.8km wall (which also includes trenches and natural barriers).
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia:
This is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world, meaning that no other dive spot in the world can compare. You can get up close and personal with the inhabitants of this marine paradise – or you can circle it from above. What many people miss, when they are loaded with diving gear and exploring a mere section of the reef, is the sheer scale of it all. This aquatic wonder is made up of 2 900 individual reefs as well as 900 islands and covers almost 250 000 square kilometres. Also, when you choose to view it from above you won’t need to clean the sand out of your undies when returning to your hotel.
Yes, yes… we know that you have heard about the canyon many times. The truth is, viewing the Grand Canyon from the air is the best option. You can only see a small section of one of the most famous Wonders of the World when you choose to visit via a vehicle or raft. When you arrive in a plane or a helicopter, or if you choose a hot air balloon flight you will only then understand why it is called the ‘Grand’ Canyon.