Touring the seven wonders is on the bucket list of every traveller. The seven wonders hold great historical value and reflect the cultural heritage of the place where they are located.
The seven wonders or the new seven wonders of the world are seven ancient monuments given accreditation by the New7Wonders Foundation. Earlier, there was a list of old seven wonders made in the second century, out of which only one place got validation in the list of new seven wonders, which is the Great Pyramid of Giza.
If you are an avid traveller, it is important for you to travel and delight in the beauty of the new seven wonders. However, exploring these places at their best without missing any place of significance is a task that requires guidance.
Here is how to travel to and through the new seven wonders and make the best out of your itinerary.
Great Wall of China, China
Beginning your visit to the new seven wonders of the world, there are few things to consider before you travel to the Great Wall of China. Constructed along an east-to-west line throughout the northern borders of China, the Great Wall of China was built as a defensive fortification to protect the Chinese empires and states from the invasions of nomadic groups. The vertical climbs and awe-inspiring views really get your heart pumping in both fear and excitement. The wall is 21,196 km long but you don’t have to cover it all since there are small tours offering around 10-20 km trek trips.
Also, the place is extremely crowded in the summers, so it is better to visit it during spring or winter. Watch out for frauds offering group tours, and be cautious before you take a selfie and avoid taking pictures at dangerous locations.
Christ The Redeemer, Brazil
Built in 1931, Christ The Redeemer is one of the new seven wonders and a 124 feet tall statue that has the most stunning views overlooking Rio de Janeiro. But it is not the only attraction of the place since to reach this monument you have to first travel through Tijuca National Forest which is the largest park and the largest urban forest located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. If you are not a fan of mountain trekking and do not want to climb those big Lapa steps, you can take the elevators or escalators to travel to the top, or there is an option to reach the place via the railroad called Corcovado Rack Railway.
Visit this place during the offseason, and avoid visiting especially at Christmas and carnival times, in case you don’t want to become a part of a jam-packed crowd. When planning to take the trail to the top, go well-prepared with hiking items and comfortable shoes. There is also a taxi or shuttle going alongside as you proceed, so you do not have to worry about tiring yourself. The combination of early morning and weekdays is ideal for having a peaceful and joyful trek to the top.
Petra is a world-renowned archaeological site that is situated in the southwestern desert of Jordan. The unique thing about this site is the tombs and temples here are sculpted in the cliffs made of peculiar pink sandstone. It is one of a kind Greek architecture attracting millions of visitors from around the world. Besides Petra, Al-Khazneh, Little Petra, The Great Temple, and Obelisk Tomb are some of the great places to admire. You can get a Jordon pass that lets you travel through all parts of Jordan at a reasonable price. You can either walk, get a camel ride to witness the sights. It is advisable to take sunscreen because it is sweltering hot in Jordan.
Machu Picchu, Peru
This is the best wonder for a great hiking experience along with exploring the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley. On your way to Machu Picchu, you will encounter ancient ruins, cloud forests, and mountainscapes. According to various archaeologists, this monument from the new seven wonders was an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacutec. Trekking on the Inca Trail takes about four days and you have to be heavily geared for this hiking experience. It is an intriguing destination for hiking but the weather is unpredictable so keep a raincoat in your backpack. Be extremely cautious while hiking as the path is quite narrow and steep. It is the best place to hike, but before you go hiking, see the weather first and dress comfortably for the adventure.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza is a world heritage site and a popular structure of Mayan ruins. This city is one of the seven wonders and its most prominent structure is the gigantic temple in the shape of a pyramid called El Castillo, made for the God of Kukulkan. This magical city of Chichen Itza is home to cultural and historical highlights and is a diverse region to explore. It is one of the seven wonders of the world that could be travelled at an affordable price. While you travel around this city, knowing about the adventurous history will add to the amusement of your journey.
Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal is the most alluring monument in India renowned for its historical significance. It is located in Agra, which is one of the three cities from the Golden Triangle. It was built in 1630 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Although one can easily cover their Agra trip in one day, there are many places to explore in the Indian subcontinent. This mausoleum is the epitome of love constructed using ivory-white marble. The winter season is the best to travel to this shrine.
The Colosseum is one of the main tourist spots of Rome and an iconic wonder. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world made of concrete and sand and built from 70 AD to 72 AD. If you want to travel this beautiful creation by Emperor Vespasian. One of the important things to keep in mind while touring this amphitheatre is to respect the culture. Go prepared for the rainy weather as the steps in the amphitheatre get slippery.