Travelling around the world is probably high on most people’s bucket list, but why not kill two birds with one stone during your trip and visit some of the new 7 wonders of the world?! While the Ancient wonders are certainly worthy of a visit, most of the new 7 wonders are located in countries which are typically popular with gap year travellers – including Asia & South America So without further ado, here are the 7 wonders that shouldn’t be missed…
Petra – Jordan
If your gap year takes you to the Middle East, then be sure to make a pit stop in Jordan to witness Petra. Arguably one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, this pre-historic city is situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and was carved from the sandstone cliffs of Southern Jordan by the Nabataeans. It is also known as the ‘Rose City’ due to the colour of the rock it is carved from. Petra is over 2000 years old, and was possibly established as early as 312BE. Of course Petra isn’t the only thing that Jordan has to offer, there is of course the Dead Sea, where you can float around and watch the world go by! You can visit the countries capital, Amman, explore biblical sites and relax and experience nature in one of Jordan’s breath-taking nature reserves!
Great Wall of China – China
The Great Wall of China spans approximately 5,500 miles across the country, from the East to the West of China. Starting in Hushan in the East of the country and running right through to Jiayuguan Pass in the West, the wall passes through multiple sections. Of course, you won’t be able to walk the entirety of the wall, but it is definitely a worth while activity for anyone travelling in China. The wall was built over thousands of years, starting around 476BC, as a defensive measure against invasions from the North.
Christ the Redeemer – Brazil
If you’re travelling through Brazil, it’s likely you’ll be stopping off in Rio de Janeiro for a while. It’s hard to imagine visiting Rio and not taking the time to visit this well-known monument, which ever since it’s introduction in the 1930’s has become an icon for the city of Rio de Janeiro. The statue is situated atop Corcovado Mountain, towering over the city, and is a symbol of the faith of the native people of Rio de Janeiro. The views from Corcovado Mountain are absolutely spectacular, and this is certainly an experience you won’t soon forget!
Chichen Itza – Mexico
Meaning “at the mouth of the well of Itza”, Chichen Itza is one of the most popular and most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. At the centre of this Mayan city, you’ll find El Castillo, a pyramid style structure standing at 24 metres tall, with a 6 metre temple at the top. You’ll probably see many tourists here clapping their hands together to experience the famous ‘chirping’ sound, which is echoed from El Castillo.
Machu Picchu – Peru
A must for any adventure traveller, Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site located approximately 7,000 feet above sea level, and can be accessed by trekking the Inca Trail. The classic Inca trail is 4 days long, taking you through the mountains, where you will also pass other Inca ruins. If you don’t think you could face the 4 day trek, there are some alternative options available, including 2 day treks, which start a little closer to Machu Picchu. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can simply take a spur of the moment trip here, you will need to obtain a permit months in advance, and these are known to sell out quickly. You should also prepare for the trek with appropriate trekking equipment and clothing, and ensure you spend a few days before the trek getting your body acclimatised to the altitude in Peru.
Taj Mahal – India
Built in the 1600’s, the Taj Mahal is possibly one of the most famous buildings in India. The Taj was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife. The Taj Mahal is located in Agra in the north of India, where there are plenty of other fascinating sights to be seen and exciting things to do, including Akbar’s tomb, Mathura and a trip to Kinari Bazaar for a spot of haggling!
Colosseum – Italy
Inter-railing around Europe? Then Rome will hopefully make your itinerary! This stunning historical city is home to another of the new wonders of the world, the Colosseum. The Colosseum dates back to 80AD and was used for gladiator contests, amongst other events, including animal hunts and dramas. It is said that the Colosseum could hold up approximately 55,000 spectators. The beauty of this building is a contrast to the deaths and slavery that took place here, it truly is a fascinating place to visit if your trip takes you to Rome.
Rachel has worked for the company for 9 years and as one of our buying team, has a wide knowledge of travel gear. She has travelled in Europe and Southeast Asia, but her dream destination would be South America to experience Carnival in Rio, unleash her inner Attenborough in the Galapagos and sip on Colombian coffee in colonial Cartagena.