Ephesus

Here we are in week 7 of my suggestions for your travel bucket list.

In no particular order, my top 10 suggestions for your travel bucket list are:

  • Kayaking and swimming in the bioluminescent bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico
  • Seeing the millions of monarch butterflies in Michoacan, Mexico
  • Desert safari off-roading, camel riding, and dinner show in Dubai, UAE
  • The Grand Canyon in the USA
  • Superman zip-lining in the cloud forests of Costa Rica
  • Machu Picchu in Peru
  • Ruins of the city of Ephesus in Turkey
  • Helmet diving in the Caribbean
  • Crossing the Andes
  • Sailing from Colombia to Panama through the Sand Blas islands

This week I’ll talk about¬†Ephesus.

Ephesus is an ancient Greek city in Turkey that I visited while on a cruise last February stopping in Italy, Greece, and Turkey (the port is Izmir).

I’m not necessarily a ruins addict, though I have seen a number of ruins from various civilizations throughout Europe and Latin America, but Ephesus was pretty unforgettable. Firstly, the city is much more massive than almost any other ruins I have visited and its level of preservation is quite impressive. The streets, buildings, drainage, sewage system, and sign system is stunning when you consider how little we’ve progressed in so much time. Additionally, there are a number of fun facts the tour guide will give you that keep things amusing such as noting that there is a secret underground tunnel connecting the city’s main library with its most popular brothel to allow the men of this ancient city to have their fun without their wives suspecting anything.

The tour I took was pretty comprehensive and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. I apologize, but since I visited while on a cruise and got ship to site service via the shore excursions team, I can’t really give you much information about how to get there.

Below are some photos from my visit.

My cousin and I in front the library in Ephesus
My cousin and I in front the library (that has a secret underground passage to the brothel across the street).
Ephesus
Ancient roadway leading to the library.
Amphitheater in Ephesus
View of the amphitheater.
Amphitheater in Ephesus
Part of a performance they do every hour or so on the edge of the ruins.
Toilets and sewage system in Ephesus
Our tour guide showing us the toilets and sewage/drainage system.
More from the performance.

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Sillustani Funeral Towers, Peru

As I mentioned in previous posts, when I visited Peru I took a little vacation from the entrepreneurship world and visited Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. I booked through a tour group that arranged everything for me and it included visits to some other, lesser known sites to break up the travel time between the big attractions.

On my way from Puno, where I visited Lake Titicaca, to the airport in Juliaca where I would catch my flight back to Lima at the end of my vacation, we stopped at the ruins of the Sillustani Funeral Towers. Situated at the edge of a lake this archaeological site is home to dozens of funeral towers, which, I can only assume, hold hundreds or possibly thousands of skeletons.

While Sillustani was far from the most exciting tourist attraction I’ve ever visited, I still wanted to share what I saw there in case any of you would like to break up your journey between the Juliaca airport and Lake Titicaca like I did. This week’s video is short, but you’ll get a very good idea of what you will see if you visit Sillustani.