Since starting my one year trip around the world, I really wanted to see is all the amazing wonders in our planet. Back in 2007, the New7Wonders foundation declared a list of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Immediately, I knew I had to visit each of those man-made wonders during my journey around the world.
The 7 New Wonders of the World
1) Chichen Itza – Mexico
The very first of the 7 New Wonders of the World that I visited is Chichen Itza in Yucatán, Mexico. It was back in 2005 and one of the first few countries I have ever visited. I went with my mother who booked us a tour with G-Adventures.
Back then, the idea of travelling around the world has never occurred to me. Little did I know that this ancient Mayan ruin would be the start of my journey to see all of the wonders of the world.
I was quite lucky to visit Chichen Itza when I did because they were still allowing tourists to climb to the very top. I did just that and glad I got the opportunity to do so!
2) Petra – Jordan
The Petra is an amazing complex that takes seven hours to explore the entire place. I see many senior’s tour group coming to see this amazing structure but they only go as far as the “Treasury” which is the first picture of Petra you see above.
However, if you are up to hiking to the very end, you will be rewarded with seeing the “Monastery” as well.
Seeing the Petra is one of those mind boggling experience because the structure is huge and back then, they didn’t have any of the modern construction equipment that we have now. It really made me wonder how they constructed such an intricately designed “building” out of the rock wall.
The Petra is the second of the 7 New Wonders of the World that I saw. And it definitely created an awe-inspiring feeling when I saw it right in front of me.
Honourary Wonder: Pyramids of Giza – Egypt
Originally, the Pyramids of Giza wasn’t part of the New 7 Wonders of the World. The Egyptians then got upset because the Pyramids is the only standing Seven Wonder of the Ancient world remaining. How dare they not add one of the originals to the list of the New 7 Wonders? The New7Wonders foundation decided to add the Pyramids of Giza as an honourary member.
When I saw the Pyramids of Giza, it was a very special moment. Everyone knows this big triangle building. When you think of adventure, world wonders, history, it is this: The Pyramids of Giza. It is one of the rare moments that I felt a burst of emotion inside me when I saw it right in front of me. Witnessing this very ancient and historical structure made me feel grateful to get the opportunity to see such a magnificent part of human history.
Out of the “7 New Wonders”, the Pyramids is the third one I saw.
3) Taj Mahal – India
The Taj Mahal is one of my favourite out of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Located in the city of Agra, seeing this beautiful palace is quite ironic. Right outside the Taj Mahal is PURE chaos. The city of Agra is one of the most chaotic places on Earth and right inside this chaotic city is one of the most stunning palace in the whole world.
I could have easily had a bad experience coming to India but I didn’t I actually had a great time and seeing the Taj Mahal at least once in your lifetime is a definite must.
The Taj Mahal is the fourth “7 New Wonders” I visited.
4) Great Wall of China – China
The Great Wall of China is a place that is often overlooked. Everyone knows the Great Wall of China yet most of the tourist that visit it are from China. This imposing structure can be seen in outer space and it is actually as awesome as it looks on the pictures.
I went during slow season which turned out to be a great decision because the crowds weren’t as bad. If you walk the entire Badaling Great Wall, the crowd starts becoming less because many people don’t want to walk that far. It’s a great opportunity to take pictures without having anyone in the background to get in the way.
The Great Wall of China is the fifth “New 7 Wonders” that I visited.
5) Machu Picchu – Peru
When I was in grade 6, my class studied the history of Peru and one of the things that really stood out to me is Machu Picchu. A citadel located at the top of a hidden valley, it is one of the most impressive and beautiful cities ever constructed. This ancient Inca fortress attracts so many tourist that I can honestly say, that it is the most popular of all the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Sadly, it is also the most expensive so get ready to shell out quite a bit of money to see it. Despite the hefty price tag, it is worth visiting Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is the sixth “7 New Wonders” I visited.
6) Cristo Redentor – Brazil
I’m not sure how I feel about the Cristo Redentor. On one hand, it is awesome to see this giant Jesus statue on top of the mountain overlooking the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. It certainly is a must-see and it’s justified why it’s so popular.
On the other hand, there are other wonders of the world that I feel should have been on the New 7 Wonders of the World. I really think Angkor Wat should have been on the list, instead. The place is spectacular and oddly enough, has so much similarities to Chichen Itza and the Pyramids of Giza.
Regardless, the Cristo Redentor is still great and a must-visit if you ever go to Rio de Janeiro.
Cristo Redentor is the seventh “7 New Wonders” that I visited.
7) Colosseum of Rome – Italy
The last 7 New Wonders of the World that I saw is the Roman Colosseum. The place where gladiators fought during ancient times.
The Colosseum is amazing. It is the symbol of the once powerful Roman empire. It’s no surprise hordes of tourist swarm the Colosseum every year. I don’t have to tell you that if you visit Italy, that you definitely need to visit the Colosseum.
I am very grateful to have seen all 7 New Wonders of the World (well, all eight). For those of you who decides to travel around the world, be sure to make an effort to see all these wonders! You won’t regret it.