Cape Town - The 21st century is pretty tame compared to how life on Earth looked in times gone by. If the prospect of another summer vacation on the Costa del Sol gets you yawning, perhaps you’d prefer a trip through time to a more adventurous epoch?
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Yes, we know it's not possible to watch dinosaurs graze or to ski alongside mammoth, but can you image what life would have been like if all the epochs were combined!?
Our planet holds some startling surprises – whether you discover today’s remains or travel back through time to witness them at the source!
To where would you time-travel if you a limitless budget?
The biggest animals the world has ever known roamed the Earth 150 million years ago. From being trodden underfoot by a Brachiosaurus to being eaten alive by a vicious 13-metre long Allosaurus, danger is everywhere! You’ll want to keep your foot on the gas as you safari through the Jurassic Age.
The last ice age peaked 21 000 years ago giving every hill and mountain off-piste potential. The land roamed with giants, from the Saber Toothed Tiger to the Woolly Mammoth. So strap on your skis and set your goggles straight, you’re about to witness nature at one of its most extremes.
The Cueva de El Castillo in Spain is home to the oldest known cave paintings in the world. But rather than marvel at today’s remains, why not travel back 41 000 years and take an art class with the Neanderthals?
Markets of Pompeii
Two thousand years ago, the ‘Macellum’ of Pompeii was a thriving marketplace. Foodies will love the authentic Roman Empire bustle as you haggle for figs and olives, and hang around for a sacrificial feast in the evening. But be sure to get out of there by 79AD – Mount Vesuvius is about to blow!
Old Wild West
Bannack, Montana at the peak of the gold rush: the quintessential wild west town, complete with saloons, blacksmiths and a corrupt sheriff. You can make it big if you stay lucky in 1860s Bannack – with all those gamblers and bandits, it makes an ideal setting for your Stag or Hen party.
Travelling back through time is easy. Finding your way to the lost city of Atlantis is a different case. If you can figure out where it is, you’ll know for sure when you visit the ivory and gold pillars of the Temple of Poseidon.
Jupiter’s sixth-closest moon has good potential for sustaining life. If NASA’s Human Outer Planets Exploration program takes place in the 2040s as hoped, there could be good infrastructure for space and time tourism by the year 2117. Imagine sipping on your morning tea, watching Jupiter rise over you – spectacular!
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