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Need the inspiration to travel to some unique places in this world? How about ALL the Wonders of the World? There is quite a confusion as to which are the 8 wonders, and whether there are 7 or 8 Wonders of the World.

7 Wonders of the Ancient World: The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only standing Ancient Wonder. The others are all destroyed – The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

7 Wonders of the New World: In 2007, more than 100 million people voted to declare 7 sites as New Wonders of the World. This was a campaign started in 2000 by ‘Wonders Of The World‘ from a selection of 200 existing monuments.

The New 7 Wonders of the World include Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, Colosseum in Italy, Chitchen Itza in Mexico, Machu Picchu in Peru, Taj Mahal in India, and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

7 Wonders of the Natural World: This is different from the 7 natural wonders where I have had the chance to visit only 2 natural wonders, Grand Canyon South Rim being the recent one.

8 Wonders of the World

The Great Pyramid at Giza is the only ancient wonder that still stand today. The Great Pyramid is often referred as the 8th Wonder of the World. This post offers the best tips and inspiration for planning a visit to the Eight Wonders of the World, including stunning 8 wonders images with names.

I have been lucky to travel to 4 of these 8 wonders. What about you?

The stunning images of the 8 Wonders of the World can inspire anyone to embark on a unique travel adventure. Obviously, these sites are hugely popular, so you do need some planning and ticket booking before your visit. This post includes the best tips on planning a visit to these 8 manmade wonders. Common tips include going to the site early to avoid crowds and wearing comfortable shoes for all these sites.

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The Great Pyramid, Egypt | 2560 BCE

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The Great Pyramid in Egypt was erected around 2560 BCE on the west bank of the Nile River. It stood as the tallest manmade structure for nearly 4000 years! It is an amazing sight even for the modern era.

And the mind boggles when you think as to how it was built nearly 5000 years ago without the machinery we have today.

The Great Pyramid today stands at a height to around 138 meters (451 feet). It is the oldest of the three main pyramids on the Giza plateau. Nine pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and a collection of smaller tombs sit on this plateau.

What to see

The pyramids were built as tombs for the pharaohs of Egypt. For an additional fee, you can go inside one of the 3 pyramids. You can reach the Giza pyramids by using one of the 2 entrances. The entrance close to the Great Pyramid id located near the Marriott Mena House. The second entrance is closer to the Great Sphinx. 

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How to reach

There are many ways to reach Giza from Cairo. Most likely, you will be flying into Cairo for your trip to Egypt.

Taxi or Uber: You can book a local taxi or Uber to get from Cairo to Giza.

Private car transfer: You can book a private car transfer

Tour option: You can book a tour from Cairo to Giza including transfers.

Best season to visit

The best season to visit Egypt and Giza is winter: November to March. Between March and October, temperatures are hot and the trip is not enjoyable. Fridays and Saturdays tend to be more crowded than the other days of the week. 

It is best to visit Giza in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowds.

Tips for visiting the pyramids

To preserve these ancient sites, visitors are not allowed to climb the pyramids.

Going inside the pyramid will add about 30-45 minutes to your excursion but it is worth a visit. If you dislike crowds or have claustrophobia, skip going inside this pyramid. You can take photos using only your mobile phone, cameras are not allowed inside.

Do wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes. There is a LOT of walking on the Giza Plateau. Your taxi or Uber driver can drive you around Giza plateau for additional money and save you some walking. 

Tour options

by Shweta | Zest In A Tote

The Great Wall, China | 700 BC

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Chang Cheng, or the Great Wall, extends along the northern boundary of China in an east to the west line for over 8,000 km. The majority of the existing structure that forms the Great Wall of China dates back to the 13th century Ming Dynasty. It was built to protect against raids and invasions of various nomadic groups.

Which section to visit?

Visitors can access the Great Wall at many sections in Hebei and Gansu province and from Beijing at the Badaling and Mutianyu sections. We visited the Mutianyu section, a short 1.5-hour drive from downtown Beijing, during National Day Holidays in early October. The drive through the fruit orchards introduced us to the Chinese countryside, a stark contrast to the high rises and traffic of Beijing.

We took the cable car to the Wall, taking in the scenery of blue skies and green pine and cypress trees. If you are inclined towards trekking, there are steps to hike up – allow for an hour for the climb up and another half hour for the descent. Going down was as much fun as the Wall itself – we took the single-rider toboggan to zip down to the valley.

The best sections to visit are around Beijing’s north and east:
1. Mutianyu is the best restored and the group tours mostly cover this. The Mutianyu section is relatively accessible for children, seniors, and wheelchair users.

2.  Jinshanling is considered beautiful (part of a popular hiking route from Jinshanling to Simatai).

3. Badaling is the most crowded

4. Simatai, Huanghuacheng, Gubeikou are some other sections.

How to reach

You can get to The Great Wall via three modes of transport; train, bus, or a pre-booked car (either a planned tour or just pre-booked transfers). There are a number of trains which go from Beijing Huangtudian Railway Station to Badaling and take around 1.5 hours. There are buses that go to Badaling and take around 2 hours. If you opt for the hassle-free car option, it usually takes around 1.5 hours to reach Badaling. 

Best season to visit

Do go in spring or fall in good weather. Summer is the peak season with crowds and exhausting heat. Winter is less crowded, but dangerously cold, so avoid that. It snows during winter so prepare accordingly, if you do visit at this time.

Tips for visiting the Great Wall

The days are sunny and windy, so make sure to carry caps, jackets, and sunglasses to this Wonder of the World. If you are hiking a section, do prepare well. Take walking poles, hiking boots, windbreakers, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), as necessary.

The watchtowers provide interesting architecture and shaded spots to rest. The section between Tower 14 and Tower 23 offers great views of the vistas and perfect photo ops.

Though there are a few restaurants in the valley, but we carried packed lunch and picnicked on the Great Wall. Do bring water and food if you are planning a long hike on the wall. There are no shops on the walls.

Do experience the toboggan slide way to descend the Great Wall if you visit Badaling or Mutianyu — especially if with kids.

Budget at least 2 hours to enjoy the experience. If you’re inclined towards staying over and soaking in the country air, The Schoolyard and The Red Door at Mutianyu are excellent options.

Tour and Transport options for Great Wall


By Shweta Markandeya

Planning a trip with kids? Do read: Walking the Great Wall of China with kids

Petra, Jordan | 312 BC

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You’ve seen the pictures – Petra is indeed one of the new 7 wonders of the world. First, there’s the astounding beauty of the Treasury – carved tall just beyond a long, narrow trail sliced through towering rock. In traveler’s dreams, finally seeing the site made famous by Hollywood’s Indiana Jones, is the apex of visiting Jordan. Keep going! Once you’re there Petra opens up in wave after wave of astounding beauty.

The Nabateans knew what they were doing and built to impress.

As ancient world traders, they adapted techniques from other cultures and you see it in their intense craftsmanship throughout Petra. They would take business partners to negotiate in Little Petra – a separate passage nearly 13 kilometers away by trail or fifteen minutes by car. Wide plazas and rooms were carved in the sandstone and it’s easy to imagine layers of rugs and trays of tea being passed during discussions. Nabateans brought worthy visitors through to the Treasury and beyond to their flourishing city, in the first few hundred years B.C. Today the site holds secrets as mounds still wait for excavation. Bedouin traders and guides still live in some of the carved spaces.

What to see at Petra

The Siq is a 1.2km long canyon that starts just after the Visitor Centre and leads all the way to the Treasury. Petra proper opens up beyond the Treasury and that’s where the marvels of artistry, scale and the people who created it, hits you. This site wasn’t in fact, a treasury but a tomb for a Nabatean king. As you walk on from the Treasury the next main sight that will appear soon on your left is the Theatre with over 8,000 seats. The Royal Tombs are just after the theatre on the right. There are other attractions like Colonnade Street, Monastery, and the High Place of Sacrifice.

How to reach

The easiest way to get to Jordan is to fly into Amman. Petra is located 230km south of Amman, roughly a 3-hour drive away. You can rent a car and drive to Petra which is the best option. Or take a bus from Amman to Wadi Musa but public transport in Jordan overall is very limited. Alternatively you can book a tour beforehand to take you to Petra and other main landmarks in Jordan. 

Best season to visit

The best time to visit Petra is during the spring and autumn months because temperatures aren’t too high, and the crowds are smaller. The summer months (July and August) tend to be busy and very hot. The winter months are cooler and are a good time to visit as well.

Tips for visiting Petra

The Visitor Centre is open every day from 6AM to 6PM in summer and from 6AM to 4PM in winter. There are a lot of coffee shops and restaurants at the Visitor Centre and then more stalls throughout the site. There are toilets at the Visitor Centre when you arrive and then more across the site. 

The archaeological site of Petra is pretty massive; it covers 60 square kilometres. To walk from the Visitor Centre all the way to the end will take roughly 2 hours at a reasonable pace. Inside Petra you will find numerous locals offering you a ride on a donkey, camel or in a carriage.

Pack eco-friendly sunscreen and be sure to apply it repeatedly throughout the day. You can also supplement sunscreen with a good hat, sunglasses, and clothing that covers your skin. 

If you’re inclined and adventurous, leave before dawn and follow trails to the promontory above the Treasury, then down to the Monastery site and beyond. Take the time, bring water and snacks, wear a hat and long sleeves, then reward yourself with cardamom coffee or sage tea in the cafes set amidst the boulders.

Tour options to explore Petra

Petra by Night is a special experience of Petra. After the sun goes down, the ancient city is lit up with thousands of candles.

By Elaine J Masters | Trip Wellgal

Colosseum, Italy | 80 AD

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This gladiatorial arena fires up the imagination of a bygone era both in adults and children alike. It was difficult to engage my 5-year-old daughter in any of the museums during our 4 days in Rome. But she enjoyed the visit to the Colosseum as well as nearby Forum and Palatine Hill.

The Colosseum is the most recognizable of Rome’s Classical Buildings. It was built as a huge ellipse with tiered seating, with an arena within. Equally remarkable is the fact that it took less than 10 years to build it.

With a capacity of 60,000 spectators – 50,000 seated and 10,000 standing – and with 80 entrances, this is a remarkable structure.

What to see

The general admission ticket gives you entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine. All 3 sites are worth seeing. The general admission ticket to the Colosseum doesn’t include access to the arena, the underground area and Level 3 of the Colosseum. You must take specific toura that include entry to these restricted areas.

The Forum is situated next to the Colosseum and you can see a vast complex with remains of public buildings, shops, temples and public spaces from 2000 years ago. You get the best views of the Colosseum and the Forum from the Palatine Hill, the oldest amongst the 7 hills of Rome.

How to reach

You can take a metro to reach this site in the heart of the city. The nearest metro station is “Colosseo” on the B Line. A Hop-on Hop-off bus tour will stop at this famous site. Or you can take a taxi to the reach Colosseum.

Best season to visit

Best season to visit the Colosseum is spring or the fall. The summer months of July and August are peak seasons. If you do go in summer, plan a visit on a weekday and avoid the weekend and public holidays. Also planning a visit during morning hours or late evenings hours will help you avoid the mid-day crowds.

Tips for visiting the Colosseum

At any point in time, only 3000 visitors are allowed in the Colosseum. So plan ahead for this New Wonder of the World.

We had booked a combined ticket to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. This takes up the better part of a day with a lot of walking to be done, so wear sensible shoes and a hat (especially in summer months).

You will need to pick up the tickets on-site. There are long queues for that as well, we were lucky to find a booth not in the main building but away from it to collect tickets, that was uncrowded.

Also, visit to the underground arena requires an additional payment. If you are headed here in the summers months, you may want to book a skip-the-line tour. With a guided tour, you will get much more information about Roman history and of the Colosseum.

Tour options to the Colosseum

by Shweta | Zest In A Tote

Chichen Itza, Mexico | 600 AD

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Chichen Itza is a sacred Mayan complex consisting of multiple ancient buildings. The complex is built around 2 old cenotes or natural wells. This ultimately gave it the name Chichen Itza which means “Edge of the Water”. Early settlements in Chichen Itza began around 500AD and soon this town was the center of most important pilgrimage.

What to see

The most famous of the buildings, which is popularly photographed, is called El Castillo or the Temple of Kukulkan. El Castillo is a brilliant example of the astronomical excellence of ancient Maya people. There are 365 steps that lead up to the top of this pyramid temple as was also the 365 day in a year as per Mayan calendar.

But there is more to Chichen Itza. Don’t miss spots like the enormous Great Ballcourt where Mayan sportsmen used to compete. At Chichen Itza, at least 13 different ball courts have been uncovered. The Skull Platform is one of the more grizzly features of Chichen Itza. This is thought to have been a ritual, sacrificial platform where the skulls of the decapitated would be displayed. And visit the intricate Temple of the Warriors, which is a place of worship for Mayan warriors. The Observatory is one of Chichen Itza’s most fascinating ruins. Atop a tall temple mound stands a circular, partially collapsed building that is thought to have been a Mayan observatory.

Once you are done visiting the historic buildings you can treat yourself with traditional Mayan food in the restaurants nearby. Or perhaps buy local handicrafts from the many artisans selling their good on the streets within the Mayan complex.

How to reach

Chichen Itza is located in Yucatan, not too far from the famous tourist destination Cancun. It is about 2 hours drive from Cancun International Airport. You could rent a car, else there are plenty of tour buses who will pick you up from your hotel in Cancun and drive you up to the site.

Best season to visit

The best time to visit in the dry season, which falls between November and April. In the wet, summer season, temperatures rise much higher, and the climate is much more humid. December and January are over-crowded being the peak months, even though the weather is best in those months. In order to beat the crowds, avoid going there on Sundays when it is free for Mexicans to enter.

Tips for visiting Chichen Itza

The Mayan ruins complex is open daily from 8 am to 4.30 pm. Ticket prices seem to go up every year at Chichen Itza, and adult entrance for the day now stands at 481 MEX (about $25 USD). But do carry pesos because there’s a good chance the credit card machine may not be working and the visitor centre only accept pesos. 

It is a fairly large archeological site so give yourself ample of time if you want to see all the Mayan ruins. At a brisk walk, you can see all the temples within the archaeological site in about 3 hours.

It can also be extremely hot. Be sure to have lots of water on hand, along with a hat and sunscreen.

There’s little information is available about the actual history or significance of the sites so best to take a guide. Your guide will be able to explain the astronomical theories behind the design of El Castillo and other facts.

Tour options for Chichen Itza

By Richa Joshi |My Ticklefeet

Machu Picchu, Peru | 1450 AD

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Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level.

The term Machu Picchu means “old mountain” in the Quechua language.

The location of this world wonder is spectacular. This ancient ruin is a must-visit for anyone visiting Peru. This is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. The ruins are the size of a village and combined with adjoining forest park, covers more than 116 square miles.

What to see

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. The stones in the buildings throughout the Inca Empire used no mortar.  Its 3 primary structures are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Temple of the Three Windows. Most recent archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti.

How to reach

The easiest way to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu is to take the train to Aguas Calientes. Buses run regularly from Aguas Calientes to the site, and back. It takes about 25 minutes one way. 

We visited the site independently. We took a bus from Aguas Calientes, the closest town where we had spent the earlier night.

Best season to visit

The site is most heavily visited between10 am and 2 pm. June through August are the busiest months. In the busy months, more than 3000 people visit the site daily. But even with all the people, the grandeur of the archeological site and the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains make you gasp at first sight.

Tips for visiting Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is at a height of about 8000 feet. The town nearest to the site is Machu Picchu Pueblo, or Aguas Calientes. You need to spend a night here to get acclimated to the altitude. If you are coming from Cusco (at about 10,000 feet) and are already acclimatised, it is ok to visit Machu Picchu directly. 

Buy your tickets to Machu Picchu in advance. Don’t expect to reach the site and get tickets left to be bought! While purchasing the ticket, you have to choose time slot. Morning time slot is between 6 AM to 12 PM. And afternoon time slot is between 12 PM to 530 PM. 

You need a separate ticket to climb Huayna Picchu, but note that this is a strenuous climb. 

The sun is strong here so make sure you wear a cap and good quality sunscreen. Keep yourself hydrated at all times. 

There are enough tour operators – both budget and in the luxury space – who could customise the experience for you. A trek can be done before, the Inca trail is the busier one but we did the Salkantay trek. Or you could take the train from Cusco and relax in a boutique hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Tour options for Machu Picchu

by Shweta | Zest In A Tote

Taj Mahal, India | 1643 AD

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Wikipedia describes Taj Mahal as ‘an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.’ While that is factually correct, this symbol of love and beauty – one of the new 7 wonders of the world has many other beautiful epithets. Rudyard Kipling as ‘the embodiment of all things pure’; while its creator, Emperor Shah Jahan said it made ‘the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes’.

Poet Rabindranath Tagore described the Taj as “the tear-drop on the cheek of eternity”.

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. Some 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on the building. The structure is made of white marble, carved with flowers and inlaid with thousands of semiprecious stones in beautiful patterns. The Taj Mahal itself stands on a raised marble platform at the northern end of the ornamental gardens, with its back to the Yamuna River.

How to reach

Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra, within a state named Uttar Pradesh. Agra is well connected to Indian cities. If your entry point to India is the capital city of Delhi, you can take a train or a road trip to reach Agra. 

Agra is also well connected to Mumbai and cities in Rajasthan. It is easy to combine a visit to Taj Mahal if you are planning any Rajasthan itinerary.

Best season to visit

The best season to visit Taj Mahal is between November to February. The weather during this period is pleasant with mild temperatures. You can visit in the shoulder season of October and March as well. Agra is hot, dusty and crowded so avoid summer and monsoon months completely. 

Tips to visit Taj Mahal

You could visit the site independently, purchasing the ticket at the small government tourist center, which is located about a kilometer away from the site. Or go with a tour group which has purchased the tickets in advance for you. The Taj can be accessed through the west, south and east gates.

Cameras and videos are permitted but you can’t take photographs inside the mausoleum itself. The ticket price for Indians and foreigners varies substantially, but foreigners are allowed to skip ahead in the queue.

Taj Mahal is open from sunrise to sunset (6 am to 630 pm) through the year, except for Fridays, when it is only accessible to Muslims for afternoon prayers. 5 days in a month, there are night time viewings allowed. For more details on ticket purchase and night time viewings, please visit this tourism site.

Tour options for Taj Mahal

by Shweta | Zest In A Tote

Christ The Redeemer, Brazil | 1931 AD

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The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the icons of Rio de Janeiro. Towering over the city atop Corcovado mountain, the statue is visible from all over Rio and stands as a testament to this outgoing, confident nation which combines spectacle with Christianity in a culture that exists nowhere else on earth.

The downside of an iconic attraction that sits on top of a mountain is that it’s… well… not that easy to get to. You can get there by taking a cog train to the base of the peak on which it sits; but if you get a chance, don’t miss a detour to one of the nearby peaks for stunning views of the statue itself. The Mirante Dona Marta boast spectacular views of both the city and the statue that make it well worth the effort. When you reach the top, the size of the statue is breathtaking.

Built between 1926 and 1931, it stands a whopping 30 meters tall, not including the 8m base. That’s 124ft in total. Looking up, it’s hard to take it all in.

How to reach

The Cog train is the most famous and scenic route to reach Christ the Redeemer. The train takes you through Atlantic Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. 

There is a shuttle van that go to Christ the Redeemer, starting at 8 AM. 

Your train or van will take you to the base of the peak, from where a series of lifts and open-air escalators take you up to the statue – a truly bizarre experience!

If you are fit and adventurous, you can hike to reach Christ the Redeemer. It is a strenuous hike that takes about 2 hours to reach the top. 

Best season to visit

Summertime – December until March- is peak season for Rio de Janeiro. But be prepared for large crowds and steep prices. September and October (springtime) are the best months to visit Rio de Janeiro. The temperature is mild, still warm for the beaches with little humidity or rainy days. April, May, June (autumn months) is also a beautiful time to visit Rio.  

Tips for visiting Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is open daily from 8 AM until 7 PM. You will need sunscreen and sunglasses (maybe a cap) to protect yourself against the strong sun. And some water to keep yourself hydrated. 

The size of the statue does pose a problem when it comes to getting the all-important selfie. Prepare to jostle for position with dozens of other excited visitors, all striving for the perfect low-level shot and trying to keep their double chins to a minimum!

But take a moment, too, to appreciate the panoramic view over Rio, from the Maracana and Sambadrome to Sugar Loaf Mountain, the lagoon, and Copacabana Beach. Rio is staggeringly beautiful.

Tour options for Christ the Redeemer

By Jill Bowdery | Reading The Book

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[This post was originally published in 2018, and later updated in 2023.]

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  1. I have been fortunate enough to visit all seven of them. It took several years but go it done last October by visiting Taj Mahal and the Colosseum. Happy travels!

    1. Thanks, Lucile. I loved the Colosseum, and also the Forum and the Palatine Hill. Rome is an amazing city to visit for history, culture and food. I have 3 more to cover. Hoping to make it to Petra soon.

  2. Fabulous post this one! Have only been to 2 of these: the Taj Mahal and the colosseum. The Colosseum visit was a very solemn one because of the grim history of the place. But it is definitely worth a visit! Missed the underground tour though.
    I really really want to go to Madhu Pichu though with the guidelines these days it seems quite a task!
    Petra is also on my mind. The place has such intriguing history:)

    1. Thanks, Divyakshi. So glad you enjoyed reading it. I am keen to visit Jordan / Petra myself. And Machu Picchu is spectacular. My husband and I did the Salkantay Trail from Cusco to reach there, the scenery is out of the world. Hope you get to go there soon.

  3. This was a humbling post! I’m ashamed to say I’ve only made it to the Colosseum so far. I definitely need to step up my travels, and get to the last six locations on this list. In my defense, I saw Teotihuacan in Mexico, which is also impressive. But I’ll make it a game to see how soon I can see the rest. Petra is probably most interesting to me, although I’ve definitely heard it’s touristy there.

    1. All these sites are hugely visited, hence touristy for sure. But for a good reason I think. Anyway the post was not meant to set up insane travel goals for anyone :-), just some impressive sites to inspire and travel tips to share.

  4. Oh no! I’ve been to just one…the Colosseum. And we just came from Cozumel and the Yucatan and missed going to Chichen Itza!

  5. Have been to the Colosseum, but I thought the Egyptian pyramids were also on this list? In any case Petra is on the top of my list as are the Mayan ruins in Mexico-hopefully I’ll get there in the next few years!

  6. I’ve only visited one – though some of the others are very much on my wish list (petra in particular). Do you have a personal favourite? I’d love to see the great wall of China too…

    1. I loved the location and surrounding natural beauty of Machu Picchu. That’s my fav of the ones I have visited. I am quite keen to visit Jordan / Petra myself.

    1. Why a relief! My husband and I were reading some interesting books on Italian history at the time, so the visit to the Colosseum, Forum and the Palatine were special and alive for us. Agra is not too difficult to plan, what with the new highway from Delhi.

  7. Argh, I’ve not been to even half of these wonders! I have done Petra, Taj Mahal and Colosseum and thats it. Great Wall of China must happen in 2018, not sure about Brazil, Peru and Mexico, maybe 2019. So good to see this list of the new wonders of the world, thanks for putting it together!

  8. Ah, I’ve only been one of these so I have some catching up to do! The Great Wall, Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu are on my lost though. I like how each author has mentioned a specific tip for each wonder – I never knew Christ the Redeemer was 30m tall so I’d imagine it would be difficult to get a good shot of it once you’re up there (double chins and all!)

    1. That was the idea Alyse. Since these are very popular sites, it is good to know some tips beforehand to make the best use of your time. Christ the Redeemer had scaffolding all over when I visited, so my double chin was the least of my worries 🙂

  9. I’ve visited the Great Wall and it is a truly remarkable, Shweta! I really hope to visit all of these wonders soon!

    1. Lucky you to have visited 6 already. And the tip of covering each of the sites walking through them – soaking in the history and the atmosphere – is so true. Thanks for sharing.

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