In these days of uncertainty where life seems to be frozen in time, the desire to travel is stronger than ever. We all dream to leave all the problems behind for far, beautiful and quite places.
Technology once again can help us. We selected for you seven virtual itineraries that will allow you to visit the world’s most iconic spots without leaving home.
1. Stonehenge, United Kingdom.
Perhaps one of the most famous prehistoric monument. Sited in Wiltshire, England, its history lives between archaeology and myth. The platform English Heritage allows you to virtually walk among the megaliths and to discover its history and curiosities. Also, with the Skyscape function you will see the alignment of the stones with the sun, mon and planets.
2. Dolomites, Italy.
Listed in 2009 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, they extend over 142 thousand hectares and include nine mountain systems in the Italian Alps. The platform alto-adige.com realized virtual tours with 360 degrees videos and pictures to discover its most iconic areas: the Marmolada, the highest peak, Merano, Val Pusteria and Val Venosta.
3. Hang Son Doong, Vietnam.
The world’s largest cave, Hang Son Doong in central Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park. SonDong 360 is a project by National Geographic aiming to preserve the cave in digital form before it becomes subject to extensive tourism development. A trek – created from 360-degree images and atmospheric sound effects – walks you through the caverns, passing by stalagmites and sinkhole jungles.
4. The northern lights
The aurora borealis is visible from countries at high northern latitudes, such as those of Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland, Greenland and Canada. The Norwegian Lights over Lapland project takes travellers on a journey through a series of 360-degree videos. The virtual trip starts in northern Sweden, guiding you through the banks of the Lake Torneträsk to base of Mount Noulja. Another way to try to see the northern lights is the live webcam in Manitoba, Canada.
5. Mount Everest, Nepal
Climbing the Mount Everest has always been synonym of an almost impossible mission. Things have changed. With Google you can visit Everest’s south base camp in Nepal, at an altitude of 5,380 metres, with interactive 360-degree views. Via an interactive map and a 3D rotating viewer, you can admire the view from the 8,848-metre summit, plus other Himalayan peaks stretching west into Pakistan and east to Bhutan.
6. Macchu Picchu, Perù
Inserted in the list of "seven wonders of the modern world" and Unesco World Heritage since 1983, Machu Picchu is another unique adventure. You can now visit the ancient Incan citadel sited in the Andes Mountains through the portal YouVisit's. A virtual host with 360-degrees navigable pictures will guide you through the amazing views and the treasuries of the most iconic site in Peru’.
.. interested in planning a trip? check our travel diary on Peru
7. Petra, Jordan
Unesco World Heritage and among the "seven wonders of the modern world", this archaeological site, 200 kilometers from the capital Amman, can be visited virtually thanks to Google Maps. With the Street View function you can walk through the gorges, eroded for centuries by wind and floods, visiting the famous Treasury and Monastery.