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Peru's astonishing Machu Picchu has been listed as one of the top ten things to see in your lifetime.
According to a list of the ultimate things to see and do before you die, put together by James Honeyman-Wooler for Suite 101, this lost city is an absolute must.
Famous for being the crowning glory of Incan trails in Peru, Machu Picchu is often said to be best viewed from the Gateway of the Sun, which allows visitors to view the whole site framed by a doorway of sorts.
If you're itching to explore incredible, beautiful landscapes, then the Annapurna circuit in Nepal could be just the place for you.
The hike of a lifetime, here you can take part in long treks that take you past waterfalls and rickety old bridges, rocky terrain and amazing mountains.
Writing for Gonomad.com, Robert Painter describes his trek through the circuit and marvels at the sights he saw.
If you're keen to soak up some Middle Eastern culture, why not embark on a journey to Jordan?
Nadine Hallak, marketing and PR executive at Cheapflights Media, comments that the destination offers a range of attractive features, from stunning churches, rich culture and a lively nightlife.
"The Middle East is packed with history, culture, sites, sounds, smells, souks and all manner of other experiences," she enthuses.
If you're itching to travel to far-flung destinations that evoke earlier times, why not visit the Galapagos Islands?
This incredible archipelago is a haven of unspoilt nature and fascinating animals that cannot fail to captivate its visitors.
Writing for etownian.com, Melissa A Cangialosi recounts her time spent on the islands, which she fondly describes as akin to stepping back in time.
If you're looking to experience a totally different culture, Japan is an amazing place to visit, but there are a few things you should remember to pack.
According to Suite101, trips to Japan can be made smoother by remembering to bring a few key items with you on your journey - especially if you're planning on travelling for a long time.
Among the items suggested is a book on Japanese culture. While you should attempt to research this before you leave, the website notes that having a point of reference to hand can help to avoid misunderstandings.
If your interest is piqued by architecture and history, you could be interested in the incredible temples that lie in Cambodia.
As a destination, Cambodia has much to offer travellers, being steeped in fascinating history.
The temples of Angkor Wat encompass both these elements and Ken Brooks, writing for the paysonroundup.com, describes it as "the largest, best preserved and most religiously significant [arrangement of temples] of the area".
If you're looking for a unique break that includes as much adventure as it does cultural interests, India is a destination well worth considering.
While traditionally a popular destination for those keen to experience some of the nation's iconic festivals or its colourful heritage, Rajen Habib Khwaja, secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, says it's great for adventure too.
With activities such as rafting and tackling mountains on offer, there's plenty to do if you're keen to get experience the great outdoors.
If you love visiting cities with distinct personalities, then colourful Buenos Aires could be the place for you.
Described as "energetic yet easygoing" by Adrian Brijbassi in an article for thestar.com, the city plays host to a wide variety of attractions.
Having an eclectic mix of intriguing historical architecture, vibrant nightlight, great food and friendly locals, the city is much loved by Mr Brijbassi.
Kenya? Then don't miss the Masai Mara - according to two seasoned travellers, it's the experience of a lifetime.
Lara Dunston and Terence Carter, writing for their blog Grand Tourismo Travels, recommend the national reserve as a thrilling adventure.
The couple noted they had the opportunity to view several different exotic beasts, including a leopard - which they managed to photograph to perfection.
Situated in south-west Kenya, the reserve stretches 1,510 sq km and is about 270 km from Nairobi.
China is a fascinating destination for travellers, whether you're keen to uncover its history or to see how the country is changing.
This is according to Paul Bondsfield, head of marketing at Round the World Experts, who notes that China is becoming more attractive to visitors as it grows increasingly open to receiving them.
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