The modern human beings’ journey on earth began approximately 200 000 years ago and in this time, we have created and developed some rather remarkable structures that can be found scattered across the globe. If you are one with the desire to explore and learn how these ancient civilizations lived, then continue reading to find out the top five travel destinations across the globe.
In the northern rainforests of Guatemala, you will find Tikal, the ancient Mayan Citadel, which is believed to date back to the 1st century CE. Tikal was once the capital of one of the most powerful conquest states of the ancient Maya, who were known for the massive architectural structures that date back as far as the 4th century BCE. Tikal was later conquered by Teotihuacan in the 4th century CE and by the end of the Late Classic Period, there were no new structures developed with evidence that some elite palaces were burned down. Thanks to these events, the ancient city’s population declined and was ultimately abandoned by the end of the 10th century.
The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza is one of the world’s most popular unknowns. To this day no one knows how these pyramids were built. Giza is the oldest and largest pyramid of the three that make up the Giza Pyramid Complex. The pyramids are located just outside the greater Cairo, Egypt region so traveling to these pyramids is not a complex task. An interesting fact about the Great Pyramids of Giza is that it is the oldest and in the best condition of all the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Petra is an archaeological city carved into the rocks of a canyon in Arabah, Jordan. Petra and the area around it have been inhabited since as early as 7000 BCE where it is believed the Nabataeans settled and made it their capital. The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs who invested heavily in Petra in order to establish trade routes. In 1985, the UN classified Petra as a world heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Easter Islands, Pacific Ocean
You can find Easter Island in the South-eastern Pacific Ocean in the Polynesian Triangle. It is believed that Easter Island was inhabited by Polynesians somewhere around 1200 CE. The Easter Island Inhabitants created a thriving and industrious culture, which is evident all over the island by the mesmerizing stone moai and other artifacts that have been discovered around the area. The islands contain nearly 1,000 of these stone moai statues.
Volubilis is found near the city of Meknes in Morocco and is believed to be the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania and a major trading route during Roman times. Although Volubilis has only been partially excavated, it is still an interesting and educational site to visit. Volubilis is a much quieter historical site to visit compared to many others around the world, making it the perfect destination for history boffins looking for some extra relaxation whilst on vacation.
With many people around the world being curious about our earth’s ancient history and the interesting people that inhabited it many years before us, make sure to visit these unique historical sites when planning your next trip.