You’ve heard of the fabled sites such as the Statue of Zeus at Olympia in Greece and the Lighthouse at Alexandria in Egypt, aka the 7 Wonders of the World. Well, because travelers love to cross places off their bucket lists, the New 7 Wonders of the World were unveiled in 2007. More than 100 million votes were cast worldwide from a list of 21 finalists. The global project was spearheaded by the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation, and while some critics have questioned the legitimacy of this organization, who can argue with these choices?


Machu Picchu — Peru

Another new wonder of the world is Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan fortress in Peru. Set in a remote location in the Andes, the sprawling complex of intricate stone buildings was encountered by American explorer Hiram Bingham III in 1911, and it’s been a source of fascination throughout the world ever since. To reach the site, you can take the Hiram Bingham scenic train from Cusco, which includes a gourmet lunch and live traditional Peruvian music.



Petra — Jordan

Petra (aka the Lost City of Stone), located in a remote canyon in Jordan’s southwestern desert, is an ancient stone complex built by the Nabataeans. These temples and tombs are carved directly into the pink sandstone cliff faces, creating a one-of-a-kind setting. The site has numerous hiking trails that’ll lead you to these magnificent structures, including the imposing Treasury that was memorably featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

You can learn all about the site and its fascinating history through a Jordan Horizons day trip, which offers pickups/drop-offs from Amman.



The Great Wall of China — China

The Great Wall of China, which was started more than 2,000 years ago to keep invaders from crossing its northern border, is actually a series of walls and fortifications. Over the years, erosion and flooding have caused substantial damage. There are, however, a few restored sections, including Mutianyu, outside of Beijing, which includes 23 watchtowers and crenellated parapets on both sides of the 3-mile-long stone wall.

For an up-close-and-personal look at this great engineering feat, you can take a Mutianya Great Wall walking tour (lunch included!).


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Chichén Itzá — Mexico

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is known for its Mayan sites, including Tulum, above the Caribbean Sea and Coba, with its nine-tier pyramid, but the largest — and most renowned — ruin is Chichén Itzá, dating to 600 A.D. The complex is dominated by a 78-foot, pyramid-shaped temple known as El Castillo. While you can no longer climb the steps to the top, you’ll still be awed by the ancient temple’s size and splendor.

Marvel at this archeological wonder and learn about the Mayans during a day trip to the site with Flavio Tours, which offers small-group trips.



Christ the Reedemer Statue — Brazil

Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue is Brazil’s most famous landmark. Perched atop 2,296-foot-tall Corvcovado Mountain is this 98-foot-tall statue of Jesus with outstretched arms. In addition to the statue, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain. It’s illuminated at night, giving the illusion that it’s floating in the darkened sky, keeping watch over the city.

See this stunning statue on a day trip with Carioca Tropical Tours, which also has trips to other top Rio attractions, including Sugarloaf Mountain.



Roman Colosseum — Rome

The Eternal City is home to more ancient treasures than we can count, but one that’s truly worthy of being called a wonder of the world is the Colosseum. This massive arena, where gladiators fought to the death, was built around 80 A.D., and it held 50,000 people in tiered seating. Wear comfy shoes to climb the many steps to the top tier, which not only gives terrific views of the limestone structure, but also over Rome itself.

One of the best ways to see the Colosseum is through a guided tour with Viator, which has small groups and also visits the Forum.



Taj Mahal — India

The Taj Mahal, located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, is a monument to love. It was built in the 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house his beloved late wife Mumtaz Mahal. With its domed central tomb and surrounding minarets, this white marble mausoleum is one of the world’s most recognizable — and beautiful — buildings, especially at sunrise and sunset.

For a hassle-free Taj Mahal experience, book a guided tour — Amin Day Tours is one of the most reputable, and it includes hotel pickup.


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