Top 10 Journeys to the Past
If you are passionate about history and want to satisfy your cultural needs in full, you can always embark on a journey to the past and visit some of the world’s most famous historical landmarks. Here’s our top 10 of the world’s most exciting journeys to the past.
1. The Sinai Desert in Egypt
Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which measures 23,000 square miles, is flanked by the Red Sea to the south and by the Mediterranean to the north. The Sinai desert offers great safari opportunities, during which you could spend some time in the company of the Bedouins and learn how to survive in this harsh environment.
2. Grutas Park in Lithuania
The Grutas Park is a theme park founded in 2001 by Viliumas Malinauskas, and it exhibits Soviet-era statues along with various other ideological relics. Here you can view statues of Stalin, Lenin and of other Lithuanian communists. The park can be found in near Druskininkai, 81 miles southwest of Vilnius, Lithuania.
3. The Open-Air Ethnographic Museum in Riga
The Latvian open-air Ethnographic Museum is just an hour’s drive away from Riga’s center, and it can be found on the shores of Jugla Lake. This is one of the largest and oldest open-air museums in Europe, boasting 118 old buildings. During your visit, you will be able to enjoy skiing in the winter or long walks during the warm days. You can also adopt the lifestyle of the ancient Latvian farmers and anglers by participating in various celebrations or by making your own jewelry.
4. Estonia’s Peipus Lake
Lake Peipus, the largest transboundary lake in Europe, is situated between Estonia and Russia. The lake is well known for a battle that took place in 1242 on its southern part, where the Teutonic Knights suffered a great defeat at the hands of Russian troops from Novgorod. Nowadays, guests are attracted by the lake’s surrounding churches and by an old Christian museum that exhibits old costumes worn by early inhabitants.
5. Satosjohkka, Sweden
Sweden offers you a great opportunity to visit its snowy forests and admire its beautiful landscapes via snowmobile. You can check in at the Ice Hotel that is rebuilt each year using genuine ice blocks, a hotel that provides great amenities, including a sauna. You can also spend some time with the Sams – a Laponian indigenous population.
6. The Gorkhi-Terelj National Park in Mongolia
Mongolia’s Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is a great place to visit if you love nature. Going on hikes through the woods is a great idea if you wish to observe brown bears and over 250 species of birds that call this wonderful place their home. A small portion of the park’s southern end is dedicated to tourists, featuring souvenir shops, restaurants, horses for rent and tourist ger (local hut) camps.
7. The Kiriwina Island in Papua New Guinea
Kiriwina is one of the largest islands of the Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea, and it is home to about 12,000 people, all speaking their own language called Kilivila. You can observe the local’s way of life during your stay, learning about their traditions and habits. Storytelling, singing and dancing are popular activities around these parts. This is a true tropical paradise that promises unforgettable moments away from the problems of the modern world.
8. The Cordillera Urubamba Mountains, Peru
The Cordillera Urubamba is found north of the Peruvian city of Cuzco, with its snowy whitecaps rising above the Urubamba River. If you will choose to visit this extraordinary location, you will be able to sample a taste of the local lifestyle by taking a close look at the locals and observing their habits. The Ollantaytambo ruins also represent an important tourist attraction, since this was once a resting point for Inca imperial couriers.
9. Gaiman in Chubut Province, Patagonia, Argentina
The town of Gaiman can be found close to the Chubut River, approximately 9.3 miles away from Trelew. The town was founded by Welsh settlers in 1874, and it represents a cultural center for an old Welsh settlement in Argentina called Y Wladfa. You can walk across the town’s peaceful streets while taking in the magnificent views, feast your eyes on a local penguin colony or enjoy delicious pasty treats at a local teahouse.
10. Plymouth, Massachusetts
Plymouth, also known as “America’s Hometown”, boasts great historical heritage since it represents the site of an old colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, who arrived on board a famous ship called the Mayflower. This is also the place where New England was founded. Once arrived, you will be able to step on board a replica of the Mayflower and visit old Native American homes. You can also learn about the history of Plymouth and its founders.