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Places visited in Copiapó, Chile
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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sambodhi Chaithya

This space rocket-like Buddhist stupa sits atop two giant arches and can be seen from out at sea.
Russia

Por-Bajin

The Uyghur settlement in the middle of a lake continues to raise questions.
Klin, Russia

Tchaikovsky State House Museum

The composer did some of his finest work in this country home, including "The Nutcracker."
Elista, Russia

Chess City

The largest Buddhist city in Europe is a haven for chess fanatics.
Russia

Davsha

What was once the base for Russia's first nature reserve is now a ghost town, right on the shore of Lake Baikal.
Moscow, Russia

Old English Yard

The "Mystery and Company of Merchant Adventurers" is an Elizabethan-era hangout in Moscow.
Shanghai, China

Longhua Martyrs Cemetery

A memorial to those who died at the hands of the Kuomintang while fighting for communism in China.
Beijing, China

The Central Perk, Beijing

This working replica of the 'Friends' coffee shop is more accurate to the show than the set itself.
Shanghai, China

Scale Model of Shanghai

A giant scale model giving a sneak peek at what urban planners see for Shanghai by 2020.
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Tiny Town

Everything in this miniature world was handmade from matches, paperclips, wires, tin cans, and other everyday objects.
Aba, China

Huanglong Travertine Pools

Intensely colorful calcite pools in Southern China.
Velha Goa, India

Church of St. Cajetan

The last remaining colonial-era Italian church in Old Goa.
New Delhi, India

Lothian Cemetery

Delhi's oldest Christian cemetery is also said to be one of the most haunted in the region.
Kanchipuram, India

Athi Varadar Idol

An effigy of the deity emerges from a temple's water every 40 years.
Srinagar, India

Arq-e-Gulab

An old curiosity shop holds on to a centuries-old tradition of manually-distilled rose water.
Kolkata, India

South Park Street Cemetery

An eclectic mix of influences rot together in harmony in this India necropolis.
Madurai, India

Meenakshi Amman Temple

This ancient Hindu temple is covered in thousands of colorful statues and has a long mythological history.
Cairo, Egypt

Nilometer

An ancient instrument used to measure the waters of the Nile so Egyptian farmers would know whether to expect famine or flood.
Hargeisa, Somalia

Laas Geel

This cave located in the badlands of Somaliland contains some of the oldest cave art in Africa.
Gourma Rharous, Mali

Gaddafi Canal

Muammar Gaddafi's well-intentioned investment in his favorite city turned out to be a nightmare.
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Port de Pêche

Thousands of colorful pirogues showcase ingenious craftsmanship at the largest fishermen port in Nouakchott.
Ouidah, Benin

The Temple of Pythons

Dozens of snakes are housed and worshipped within the walls of this Vodun temple.
Taza Province, Morocco

Friouato Caves

The true depths of these stunning Moroccan caves are unknown.
Essaouira, Morocco

Tide Pools of Essaouira

Vast stretch of tide-pools with a unique Moroccan charm.