We wrap up our Top 10 Sounds of Summer from Around the World with visits to two very special locations. We are going to extremes with our list, giving you a peek at somewhere quiet and then somewhere loud.
Hiking the Inca Trail, Peru
This is the path that leads you to Machu Picchu, the majestic site that is 8,000 feet above sea level and dates to the 1400s. One of the most spiritual and best-preserved historic sites in the world, Machu Picchu is sure to send you and other onlookers into long moments of silence as you take in its intricacies and magnificent surroundings. Often called mystical and otherworldly, Machu Picchu is the heart and soul of tourism to Peru, an emerging destination that features authentic attractions and lots of activity.
Maccabiah Games, Jerusalem
From one ancient site to another, but for a very different kind of activity than the hikes in Peru. The 19th Maccabiah Games, a celebration of Jewish athletes, is held in Jerusalem from July 18-31. These are some of the most patriotic competitions you will witness, full of loud cheering, whistling and the usual noisiness of any sports event.
Wherever you go this summer, make sure to tickle all of your senses, including the ears. And leave prepared with precautions. Many people don't go out into the heat without sun-tan lotion or their sunglasses that protect from ultra-violet rays. You should also carry earplugs or other protection for your hearing health.
Previously, we looked at these Ying and Yang spots in terms of summer sounds: