There’s a lot of confusion on what the Mayans were implying by ending their calendar on 2012. Were they predicting the end of the world? Or was it just the end of an era? What if Aliens come back disappointed in our lack of progress and decide to pull the plug? If the end is near, check out these must see places while you still can.

1. The Amazon

Regardless of which country you go to to see it–Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, or French Guiana–considering it’s the largest rainforest in the world and houses millions of unique creatures rarely found anywhere else, it’s worth seeing for thousands of reasons. The biggest reason to visit the Amazon is to have the experience of a Shaman guide you through an Ayahuasca journey.

 

2. Antelope Canyon

You might think the Grand Canyon is the only canyon you need to see in the US, but really, consider Antelope Canyon, which is conveniently also located in Arizona. Antelope Canyon was created through rivers and streams eroding the sandstone, and it makes for a wholly awesome experience where you can just saunter through miles of them.

 

3. Bora Bora

Located in French Polynesia in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is well-known as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. With crystal clear waters and awesome accommodations, there’s no way to avoid this one.

 

4. Great Wall of China

Construction of the Great Wall began in the 7th century BC and continued for hundreds of years. It’s the longest fortification ever built, constructed to thwart invasions of Mongolian and Manchu enemies. At its height (well, length), it was more than 3700 miles (6000km) long.

 

5. Iceland

Iceland features some of the most alien landscapes in the world, from huge, partially frozen waterfalls, to the Northern Lights and insane sunsets and sunrises, to miles of barren tundra; not to mention an outgoing population who’s down to party.

 

6. Machu Picchu

Located almost eight thousand feet above sea level in Peru, Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing feats of architecture in the world. While you might think it’s a pretty weird place to put a city, you’d be wrong: most believe it was an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti, who really must’ve need to take some time away from it all. It’s also referenced a ton among Alien enthusiasts who believe that it was one of the spots that Aliens visited in early human history.

 

7. Petra

Built around 1200BC, Petra is an ancient city of Jordan, renowned not just for the fact that it’s entirely built inside “towering rocks,” but for its intricacies therein. The city was able to constructed in the desert because its designers, the Nabataeans, redirected waterways, creating an artificial oasis–the center of their caravan trade, and a fortress.

 

8. Santorini

Santorini is an island off the coast of Greece, thousands of years ago the site of one of the largest volcanic explosions in history. Today it plays home to spectacular views, crazy architecture, and a storied history (supposedly the same eruption that destroyed it led to the legend of Atlantis).

 

9. Stonehenge

Considering all the theories surrounding Stonehenge, it seems pretty likely that it’ll have to do with the apocalypse anyway, so you might as well see the harbinger in person before it all goes to hell.

 

10. Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is (debatably) the largest waterfall in the world, with a width of 5604ft (1708m) and a height of 354ft (108m), and a much better choice than Niagara Falls.

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