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5 Places You Must Visit Before You Die

So many places to see, so little time! There are many beautiful wonders in the world, but only a few of those are worthy of ‘must-see before you die’ status. Those are exotic locations and landmarks which capture a unique sense of mystery and inspire awe to even the most experienced travelers. Here is a list of 5 place you have to see before you die!

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1. Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu, the capital of the ancient Inca people, is in Peru. You will need to fly into Cusco, and from there you have a few options on getting to Machu Picchu; if you enjoy hiking, then you may want to take the 26 mile Inca Trail. You can take a train out of Poroy which is about 20 minutes from Cusco. Your other option is both a train and a bus; you will leave Cusco via bus and arrive in Pachar, from there you catch a train to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes has buses that run throughout the day that takes you to the entrance of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu was constructed in 1450 by the Inca King Pachacuti. The city was abandoned during the Spanish conquest, but the Spaniards never found the city, so it remained untouched until 1911 when an American Historian, Hiram Bingham, came across it. Due to this, the city is only worn by weather and in good condition, allowing visitors to see how the Incans lived in more detail.

2. Christ the Redeemer

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The statue Christ the Redeemer is located on Corcovado Mountain in Brazil, not far from Rio de Janeiro. You can hike Corcovado mountain or take an electrically powered train up. To ease the strain on your knees, many people like to hike up and take the train down. Once you get off the train, you can take an elevator to the foot of the statue or climb 223 steps to the top.

Christ the Redeemer is a cultural icon in Brazil and is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The hike to the top, which takes about an hour and a half to two hours, is moderate and steep but offers great views, and you can see monkeys and birds on your way up.

Mosquitos are very common so wear pants—and don’t forget your bug spray! June, July, and August are the coolest and driest months, and the mosquitoes are not as bad. The average low is only 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius which is perfect for outdoor physical activities.

3. Stonehenge

Dating back to 3000 BC, Stonehenge is an ancient stone structure that is considered an architectural mystery. The ring of massive stones are believed to be associated with the numerous burial mounds in the surrounding lands. Experts speculate that it could have been a place of worship, or that it may have represented a calendar of sorts.

Stonehenge is in Amesbury which is a two-and-a-half hour drive from London. There are also daily tours out of Salisbury.

4. The Coliseum in Rome and Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii

Italy is full of places to visit, but the Coliseum is one of the most historic landmarks in the country. The Coliseum opened in 80 AD and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It could hold somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators.

While you are in Italy, you may also want to go south to Naples and see the ruins of Pompeii. Pompeii was once a thriving Roman city which became covered in 20 feet of ash after a volcano, Mount Vesuvius, erupted. The ash preserved the city and the people who died by turning them into rock like statues. You can visit the now unburied town and see how early Roman life was—and even hike Mount Vesuvius.

5. The Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal is in Agra India which is about three hours from New Delhi. The Taj Mahal was built in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. The mausoleum was built to house Mumtaz Mahal's tomb; she was the emperor's beloved wife. Emperor Shah Jahan was laid to rest next to her upon his death in 1666.

There are many beautiful historical places in the world that are worth a visit, and many tools available to help you plan and pack for your trip accordingly. Embrace the spirit of adventure and start plotting your next trip today! After all, life is short—so start traveling more!

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