Machu Picchu tops Travellers’ Choice Awards
Where has your wanderlust taken you? Have you been to St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City? What about the Bayon Temple at Siem Reap, Cambodia? If not, put them on your bucket list now because they have just been named as two of the top ten destinations in the Travellers’ Choice Awards.
The ranking, compiled by review website TripAdvisor, compared reviews from millions of users using a complex algorithm that took into account the quality and quantity of each opinion submitted over a 12-month period.
With an overwhelmingly positive response, Peru’s Inca citadel of Machu Picchu came out on top, beating the likes of the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania and India’s Taj Mahal.
Cambodia was well-represented in the top ten, with its spectacular Angkor Wat structure coming in at number six, followed by the Bayon Temple in seventh place.
In fact, religious sites featured prominently, with other examples being the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg at eighth and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi coming in at second.
However, the list was equally fascinating for the landmarks that it missed. The Egyptian pyramids don’t feature anywhere on the top 25, suggesting that tourists have lost interest in the ancient structures.
TripAdvisor spokesperson Erin Millard told CNN: “We defined landmark as a historically, architecturally or culturally significant attraction, and they are typically owned or run by a governmental or non-profit organization.”
“Registered national historic landmarks and UNESCO sites are also included.”
The reviews website also released a list of favourite national parks, with Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, topping this separate list.
“National and state parks are often destinations and trips in and of themselves,” Ms Millard said, explaining the reasons behind the two separate lists.
Europe was particularly well-represented across both rankings, taking nine of the 25 world landmarks and eight of the parks.