PHOTO: Al Khazneh in Petra, Jordan. (Photo via Flickr/Colin Tsoi)
What his travels lack in freshly laundered sheets, poolside cocktails and cozy cotton robes, they make up for in incredible journeys to far away lands peppered with mystery and adventure.
We all grew up watching Indy Jones outmaneuvering booby traps, fighting Nazis and retrieving important historical artifacts—not to mention rescuing damsels-in-distress—and we’ve all daydreamed about going on those quests with him.
With rumors of an Indiana Jones reboot in the works, it might just be the right time to follow in his footsteps and take on some of those adventures yourself, albeit sans poisoned darts and monkey brains. Start yourself off in one of these incredible places, which were used as filming locations for the franchise.
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Al Khazneh, Petra, Jordan
One of the series’ most iconic scenes was when Indy and his companions galloped away from Al Khazneh as ‘The Raiders March’ played in the background. It was a memorable ending to what was an unforgettable trilogy. While the interiors in the movie were filmed in a studio in England, the exterior was filmed at the site.
Today, many travelers in Jordan make that essential day trek to this intricate temple in Petra. It’s carved out of the face of a rock and boasts mythical sculptures. It’s even more amazing to visit at night when it’s fringed by a star-spangled night sky. During your visit, be sure to check out the other historical sites in the archaeological city.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil, South America
2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull may not be the best follow up to franchise but it did take us to some gorgeous locales like Yale University and the Peruvian jungles, which was Hilo, Hawaii, in real life. However, it’s Iguazu Falls that takes the cake. The waterfalls system sits on the Argentine-Brazilian border and is considered one the largest in the world.
The waterfalls of Iguazu, which form a reversed “J” and are separated by islands at the plateau’s edge, are one of the most spectacular places you’ll every visit in South America. To get close to the action and even get wet from the spray, you can step onto one of the walkways or even take an inflatable boat tour.
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Sidi Bouhlel Canyon, Tozeur, Tunisia
Tunisia has quite a history with George Lucas. The African country not only provided filming locations for several of Tatooine sets for Star Wars, but it also played host to some scenes for Raiders of the Lost Ark. In fact, Sidi Bouhlel Canyon just outside Tozeur was the stand in for Egypt where Indy fought Nazis in the desert.
Sidi Bouhlel Canyon is currently open to visitors and boasts some bizarre rock formations, awesome hiking trails, and great vistas. More importantly for Indiana Jones and Star Wars fans, you can visit some of the spots they used in the films. When exploring, be on the lookout for local wildlife.
Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii
Indiana Jones may have headed to Peru in the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but the scenes were filmed in beautiful Kauai, Hawaii’s Garden Isle. Kipu Ranch, not far from the town of Lihue, served as the location of the temple. The beautiful Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge, on the other hand, was the location for the rolling boulder scene, which as we all know is the series’ most iconic scene.
Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge is a protected area; access, therefore, is restricted. However, you can observe the sweeping views from a distance at the overlook at ‘Alekoko Fish Pond.
Monsul Beach, Andalucía, Spain
The beach where quick thinker Henry Sr. forces down a plane with the help of some feathered friends and a trusty umbrella seemed run of the mill. However, it was filmed on the beautiful Monsul Beach in a natural park in Andalusia, Spain.
Set in Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, Monsul Beach is not quite easy to access—it takes a few minutes of driving on a dirt road to reach its parking lot. But that just means that it’s low key and not crowded with tourists. You might see a few Indiana Jones fans, though, and they’ll probably make a beeline for the slanted rock formation that is seen in the movie.