The most exciting countries I have visited
When someone asks me “what’s the most exciting place that you have visited?”, I find it very difficult to answer. Each place I’ve visited is wrapped up in experiences, and it is up to them, whether it is a beautiful place or not. Remembering the sensations experienced in each place I wanted to make a list of the 10 places that have impacted me the most so far, in which many times my tears have been skipped, in which the sensation of fullness has been maximum and in which I could not get the smile out of my face!
- Bagan, in Myanmar
This place is magical; I think you can miss a week wandering around in his stupas and not get tired. It’s not just what you see; it’s what you feel; time passes slowly; there’s another rhythm. Definitely, a place I recommend visiting. A plus of this place is the kindness of local people, always smiling timidly.
- Mount Cook, New Zealand
It is the highest mountain in New Zealand (3,724 m), and although I could not climb it, I could admire it. For a nature lover like me, it was spectacular to get there and see her greatness. Making this ascension is a pending issue.
- Dove National Park, Botswana
This was my first far trip. I was so excited about everything that I felt unreal about what I was living. Setting up the tent in the middle of a national park and watching the Zebras eat from your tent is something I’ll never forget. Nor did the moment when an angry elephant mama chased us and put my heart in a fist! It is not a backpacking trip; I think it is advisable to do it with a specialized agency.
- The Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
Walking through the ruins of this amazing complex is something you can’t miss. I was trying to imagine what it was like 1,000 years ago and it was transporting me! I spent two days wandering among their temples, and it’s something I hope to do again.
- Jaisalmer, India
Although visiting the Taj Mahal was very exciting for me, more so was the visit to this walled city. I felt so full of beauty! The sculptures of his Jainism temples impressed me, as well as his buildings so finely carved. I liked the whole tour I did, but this was definitely the one that struck me the most.
- Temples of Egypt
A few years ago, I made this trip, but I still remember how excited I was walking among the ruins of a thousand fantastic sites. Before I went, I had studied the history of all the Pharaohs and Kings, and when I came to the places, I recreated everything I had read about each one. It was fantastic! Here it is impossible for me to say which one I liked best because in every corner I felt fascinated.
- The Great Wall, China
What a high expectation I had going! And it happens that when you’ve seen many times in pictures somewhere when you get there, you’re disappointed. Because it was not the case! I was lucky there was almost no one there and the few who had stayed by the entrance. To see a wall that seems endless, those mountains of Mongolia so green and to sit and contemplate the whole ensemble, is unimaginable, you have to experience it!
- Uluru, Australia
When I planned my trip to Australia, the first site on my list of places to visit was undoubtedly the Uluru, also called Ayers Rock. I remember seeing her from afar and seeing how little by little she was getting bigger and me feeling smaller. This rocky formation is 348 meters high and 9 kilometers perimeter, so it is considered the largest monolith in the world.
- The Grand Canyon, USA
This place had been on my list for years, and I finally got to see it. What immensity! No matter how many movies you’ve seen, you can’t get an idea of how big it is. The capricious formations that the Colorado River has made over millions of years are spectacular. A very present memory was the night there. I never saw such a starry sky in my life. We lay down for hours looking at him, with a smile nailed down and a feeling of enormous happiness.
- Petra, Jordan
This place is another must, not only because it is very famous, it is worth being there and being able to appreciate the human capacity to make authentic works of art. And if you’re in a beautiful natural environment with wonderful people, it’s perfect!
Of course there are many more places that have made me feel many emotions, that have fascinated me and that I would definitely visit again. There are magical places like Yangshuo (China) that have mountains that look like fingers that are amazing, there is also Labella, in Ethiopia, that makes you reflect on the human ability to create architectural jewels. Sigiriya, in Sri Lanka is another magical place, as Istanbul is … and the forests and mountains of Laos. There are so many special places! but it’s impossible to put them all on a list of 10, so I’ll just put a summary in pictures.