On a long term trip like this it’s easy to get spoilt rotten and to get used to all the beautiful sights you are surrounded with every day. That’s why it’s extra important to remind yourself of all the lovely things you’ve seen, and what is a better reminder than a photo? Here are the top 8 favourite views of my RTW trip.
1. Inca Icon
The first glimpse of Machu Picchu, Peru. When the fog finally lifted on a grey and rainy day it made up for the 4 days of serious hiking at altitude along the Inca Trail. I’m known to blab on for hours, but even I was speechless.
2. Pirate Lands
The view of the river Rio San Juan from the Fort in El Castillo, Nicaragua. We felt like real pirates looking out for ships to loot, aarrr!!
3. Central America’s Metropolis
I just couldn’t get enough of the stunning skyline of Panama City, Panama. Twinkling lights at night and shimmering glass and steel reflecting the scorching sun during the day, I loved it! And best of all, you could see all the big ships queuing to pass the Panama Canal.
4. Island Time
One of my absolute favourite places on this whole trip was the tiny Belizean island of Caye Caulker, which lies in the beautiful caribbean sea. In 1961 hurricane Hattie literally ripped the narrow island into two pieces! “The Split” is the divide between the inhabited south part of the island and the still mainly uninhabited north part, and is also the best place to hang out with an ice cold Belikin beer to watch the sunset.
5. Riviera Maya
The Mayan ruins at Tulum, Mexico, weren’t the first or biggest ones we visited on this trip but maybe the most stunning. Perched right on top a cliff and set against the bright turquoise backdrop of the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is definitely breathtaking.
6. The Happiest Place on Earth
Yeah, yeah, this might be cheesy. But when I first set foot in the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland, California, a childhood dream finally came true. How can you not love the pink Cinderella castle. Surprise Disney fact: Walt Disney had the turrets plated with real gold, but never told his brother Roy, who was in charge of the budget.
7. Bay Area Icon
The most beautiful bridge in all the world, the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco, is even more stunning in real life than I could ever have imagined. Maybe not as long or impressive as the Bay Bridge (also in San Fran) but it’s so iconic, you have to love it.
8. The Grandest of Canyons
To be honest I was a little worried when we visited the Grand Canyon that I’d be disappointed. The thing is, I’ve seen so many pictures and videos that I thought it would not be able to live up to it’s name. Boy was I wrong. Like in Machu Picchu, this was one of those humbling experiences when even I shut up for a minute.
Have you ever visited any of these places? Let me know about your favourite spot in the comments below!