Looking for an exciting and different vacation? An excuse to go somewhere you’ve never been and see something you’ve never seen? Or perhaps the chance to see a familiar place in a new way, from high above the earth? Hot air balloon festivals take place all around the world, and are the perfect way to spend a family vacation, especially if you’ve become bored with the average fare. Picture six hundred hot air balloons taking off at the same time—you can be sure it’s no ordinary sight! Here’s a list of some of the best balloon places for balloon rides around the world.
If only I lived in a balloon, I could see the whole world from the sky. These are the sights I would choose to see and the reasons why.
1.Grand Canyon, USA
Carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is 446km long, 29km wide, and in some parts 1.8km deep. The stone’s burnt orange colour looks like terracotta and is absolutely magnificent.
2.Halong Bay, Vietnam
This “Bay of the Descending Dragon” consists of a dense group of 3000 colossal islands, each topped with thick, jungle vegetation, which rise dramatically from the ocean.
3.Ngorougoron Crater, Tanzania
Located at the eastern edge of the Serengeti, this crater lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation area, which covers more then 8000 square kilometres of immaculate African wilderness.
4.Machu Picchu, Peru
This “Old Mountain” is a pre-historic Inca site located 2,430 metres above sea level. It is believed to have been built as an estate for the 15th century Inca emperor Pachacuti. “The Lost City of the Incas” is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca world.
5.Chichen Itza, Mexico
This archaeological site was built by the Maya civilization in the Yucutan state of Mexico. The three best known complexes on the site are the Great Northern Platform, the Ossario Group and the Central Group.
6.Egyptian Pyramids, Egypt
These spectacular pyramids were built as tombs for the country’s Pharaohs and their wives during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. The most famous pyramids are located in Giza and on the outskirts of Cairo.
7.Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Built between 802 and 1220 AD in the Kmer civilization, Angkor Wat represents one of humankind’s most astounding and enduring architectural achievements. The site was covered for centuries until French explorer Henri Monhot brought it to the world’s attention in 1860.
8.Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador
This wet broadleaf forest covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America. The basin encompasses 7,000,000 square kilometres and is home to 2.5 million insect species, tens of thousands of plants, and 2,000 birds and mammals.
9.Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
A collection of 275 amazing waterfalls spanning 3 km along the border of Argentina and Brazil. Standing before this emotionally powerful and stunning force of nature is nothing short of humbling.