Awe Inspiring New Wonders of the World: Must-See Destinations for Every Traveller
With so many places to explore, it can be hard to decide where to visit first. The New Seven Wonders of the World make for a great adventure for those who fancy something a little different for their next trip.
From ancient ruins and giant statues to vast temples and towering monuments, here's a breakdown of what they are, where they are and why you should include them in your next big adventure.
What Are the New Seven Wonders of The World?
Redefined in 2007, the new seven wonders of the world represent some of the most magnificent architectural feats ever created. These replaced the ancient wonders of the world as "The New Seven Wonders of the World," consisting of only man-made structures.
So, if you've already ticked the ancient wonders off your travel destination list, it's time to pack your bags and head off on your next adventure.
1. The Colosseum, Rome
This iconic Roman amphitheatre is one of Italy’s most recognisable monuments and is located on the site where gladiator battles once took place. It has also been used as a fortress, a palace and even a Christian shrine.
Rome is a cultural and foodie hotspot and makes the perfect spring or autumn destination for a luxe weekend break (we love the Anatara Palazzo Naiadi hotel). From shopping, to enjoying a spot of aperitivo overlooking the Trevi Fountain, there’s no shortage of ways to spend your time in Italy’s capital city.
2. Chichen Itza, Mexico
Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is one of Mexico's most visited attractions. It was built around 600AD by the Mayans and Toltecs who used it as part of their religious ceremonies. It includes a pyramid dedicated to Kukulcan (the feathered serpent god) which is still standing today.
Valladolid is another prime attraction in the area, and, once you’ve had your fill of Mayan ruins, you can head to the beaches of nearby Cancun, just a few hours’ drive away. Book your tour with Get Your Guide.
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
Built by Inca Pachacuti around 1450 A.D., Machu Picchu stands atop two mountains overlooking lush valleys below. The city was only rediscovered in 1911 after being abandoned for centuries and remains one of South America’s most popular tourist destinations. While it’s some way off the beaten track, there is a scenic railway that can take you from nearby Cusco. If you’re feeling energetic, you can sign up for one of many hikes to get there.
Once you’re done exploring, you can either take a trip to explore the rest of Peru, or hop on a plane to our next destination, in neighbouring Brazil…
4. Christ The Redeemer Statue, Brazil
Standing 98 feet tall, this iconic Art Deco statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro from atop Corcovado Mountain where it has become synonymous with Brazilian culture for over 80 years.
While you’re in Rio, check out the famous Ipanema beach. Stay at the only beachside hotel, the Hotel Arpoador and enjoy a caipirinha whilst losing yourself in the Bossa nova soundtrack of the city. Or time your visit to coincide with the world-famous Carnival, which takes place every February.
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5. The Taj Mahal, India
Built during Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's reign (1632–1654), this beautiful white marble mausoleum is an architectural masterpiece that has enthralled visitors for centuries. A tribute to the emperor’s late wife, its intricate design features Islamic influences combined with traditional Indian motifs that make it truly unique.
Stay overnight in nearby Agra to enjoy the spectacular sunrise, or you can travel in a day from Delhi. Add on a stay at the breathtaking Taj Palace Hotel, Udaipur (featured in our 10 Out of This World Places to Stay), as part of your great Indian adventure.
6. Petra, Jordan
Also known as “The Rose City,” Petra is an archaeological site which consists of hundreds of carved rock tombs set into sandstone cliffs which have seen been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. It’s also home to one of the world’s oldest churches.
Jordan has many sights and vibrant culture and heritage, where visitors can step back in time and walk in the footsteps of the old Silk Road or take a float in the waters of the Dead Sea as part of a deluxe spa break.
"Marvel in the wonders of Petra and the old Silk Road, before taking a dip in the Dead Sea."
7. The Great Wall of China
This 4500-mile-long wall was built throughout many different Chinese dynasties, beginning in the 7th century BC up until the 16th century AD, when it reached its current form. The best places to see it are all located north of Beijing, and are bookable as day trips, or hikes with overnight stays.
Make it a trip to remember as you uncover the ancient dynasties of Asia, see the Forbidden City and challenge your taste buds with the diversity of Asian cuisine. (Fish porridge for breakfast is optional.)
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