2020 has certainly put a strain on every travel lover. We can only hope that 2021 will bring better news for everyone and ultimately allow us to return to travel, but in the meantime, you can check out Lonely Planets' top destination to visit and gathering inspiration.
The popular travel guide publishing house has recently published the second revised (and corrected) edition of the book which collects 500 destinations and unmissable experiences for every self-respecting traveler. Below you will find the top ten in reverse order.
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10. Nepal — Trekking on the Annapurna Circuit
We are talking about one of the most famous treks in the world around the Annapurna massif, which as Lonely Planet rightly says "is all that a good trek should be: challenging, majestic and stimulating". Not only is there the incredible scenery of some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, but also Nepal with its golden temples, charismatic mountain villages, fauna, and hidden treasures in every detour.
9. Bolivia — Uyuni Salt Flat
In a breathtaking setting, resting on a plateau 3900 yards high, this huge salt lake is over 4,000 square miles large. When a thin layer of water is present, after the rain, it turns into the largest mirror in the world, and when it is dry, it forms a real apocalyptic film panorama.
8. Cambodia — Angkor Temple Complex
The Angkor Archaeological Park is one of the largest complexes in the world, with over a thousand temples. A UNESCO site, the capital of the Khmer empire is an experience that requires several days to be enjoyed to the fullest. Consider visiting at sunrise or sunset to see the most beautiful temples of this incredible site, such as Angkor Wat or Ta Prohm.
7. Brazil / Argentina — Iguazu Falls
On the border between Brazil and Argentina, the waterfalls formed by the Río Iguazú are not the largest but are among the most spectacular in the world. When the water flow is greater, just the sound of the water falling is enough to stun and make you feel small amongst the power of nature. The park of the falls, both from the Argentine and Brazilian sides, is also a site to be explored.
6. Slovenia — Lake Bled
At first it was the pilgrims who came from afar to visit the super photogenic church on the island in the middle of the lake, then it became the favorite vacation spot of Yugoslav president Tito. Today it is more and more a tourist destination that never stops, all coming to admire this small lake surrounded by the Julian Alps.
5. USA — Yellowstone National Park
There are over 500 active geysers in the immense territory of the park, but also thermal waters, and of course an incredible fauna: a sort of American answer to an African safari, where the Big Five here are the bison, the bighorn sheep, the elk , the bear and the wolf.
4. Botswana — Okavango Delta
It is one of the most remote but also the most beautiful destinations for a safari in Africa: an ecosystem rich in fauna, which can be explored with a Jeep or even by a traditional canoe, the mokoro, which thanks to its movement silent on the water really allows you to immerse yourself in nature. With the growth of tourism and the growing number of limitations, the Okavango Delta is now also one of the most exclusive destinations on the planet.
3. Australia, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
At sunset, the rock sacred to the Uluru natives looks like a ship on fire on the ocean. Despite being only 380 yards high, it is visible from several miles away. Since 2017 it is no longer allowed to climb it, because it has been recognized as a sacred place for the Anangu, but the visit to the park is still an unforgettable experience.
2. Ecuador — Galápagos Islands
A thousand miles away from South America, isolated in the Pacific, the Galápagos archipelago is literally a world apart, where animals do not follow the laws of the rest of the Earth. Famous as the islands where Darwin was able to elaborate his theory of evolution, arriving here you understand why this was the ideal place, with an extraordinary diversity that continues to fascinate visitors who manage to go down here.
1. Jordan — Petra
Before the Lonely Planet list, Petra was also a UNESCO site and probably one of the fastest growing tourist spots in recent years, also thanks to the arrival of low-cost airlines in Jordan, which has made this wonder more accessible.
This site, dominated by the iconic Treasury, was forgotten for more than 1,000 years before its rediscovery in the nineteenth century, and from then on it entered more and more into the hearts of the thousands of visitors who visit it every year.