10 Best Sites for Archaeological Travel

The world is filled with amazing archeological sites which are rich in history and culture. The following are my 10 picks of the best sites to visit.

1. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Ruins


This is a ruined city that lies on top of a mountain in the south of Peru. It is only accessible by train or a long four-day treck. It was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. It represents the culture and way of life of the lost civilization of the Inca people. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world.

2. Tikal



This is one of the largest and best-preserved ruins. It thrived during the classical period between 900AD and 200AD. It is located in Guatemala and represents the historical culture of the Mayan civilization.

3. The pyramids at Giza

Pyramids at Giza


They were built over 3000 years ago by the ancient Egyptians. The three pyramids align perfectly with the stars and solstices and contain numerous chambers that have still not been opened. The largest of the three is called great pyramid and was built by the pharaoh Khufu.

4. Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat


This ancient city is found in Cambodia. It was the center of the Khmer empire which once ruled over most of southeastern Asia. The best time to visit is during the early morning before tourist start to flock.

5. Petra



This site is located in Arabah, Jordan. It is curved into a canyon and was re-discovered by the western world in 1812. It had settlers from as early as the 6th century BC.

6. The Colosseum and Forum

The Colosseum and Forum


They are located in Rome and are right next to each other. They are the remnants of the Roman civilization that once controlled the modern world. The Colosseum has slowly crumbled with the passing of time but its beauty still remains.

7. The Parthenon

The Parthenon for Athena


This is an ancient temple to the goddess Athena. It is located in the city of Athens in Greece. Over the passing time, much of it and its surrounding buildings were destroyed by war and thieves but its beauty still remains.

8. Easter Islands

Easter Islands


These are located out in the Pacific and are a territory of Chile. They are home to the Moai statues which are all that’s left of a culture that once thrived here. They are gigantic and impressively curved head structures.

9. The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal


It was built in the 1600s by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his dead beloved wife as a statement of his love for her. It is located in Agra, India. It is one of the 7 wonders of the world and receives up to 4 million visitors annually.

10. The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China


It is a connection of numerous walls and fortifications. The original wall was built by Emperor Qin Shi Huang about 259-210 BC. The best-known and best-preserved part of the wall was built in the 14th to 17th century during the Ming dynasty.

I hope this article was helpful and inspiring. Happy travels. 🙂



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