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Adventure To The New Seven Wonders Of The World

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
The New Seven Wonders of the World span the entire globe and represent a variety of histories and cultures. Traveling to all seven might seem like a difficult task, but start checking some of your list now.


The Ancient Seven Wonders of the World were getting a little outdated. So, in 2007, 100 million people voted to reinvent the list of the world’s seven coolest, most culturally significant destinations.

It has been ten years since the new list was introduced; the list aims to represent global heritage. At The Adventure Tribune, we plan to explore all seven of these places. Below is a list of the seven wonders without ranking.


Machu Picchu
Peru

This ancient Incan city in the cloud sits between two massive peaks in the Andes Mountains outside the Incan capital city of Cusco. Constructed in the 1400s c.e., Machu Picchu was abandoned by the Incas for still-unknown reasons. After its abandonment, the jungle swallowed the city, until it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Currently, the ancient city can be reached by multi-day hiking trail, train, or helicopter.


Chichen Itza
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

From 800 c.e. to 1200 c.e., this powerful center of Mayan civilization bustled with people. Located near a few cenotes (underground freshwater caverns), the Mayan people demonstrated their vast understanding of astronomy, geometry, and architecture in the city of Chichen Itza. After this section of the Mayan civilization dispersed, the city was engulfed in the jungle. Now, adventurers can visit the city’s pyramids, observatory, and sport court while immersing themselves in the ancient Mayan splendor.


Roman Colosseum
Rome, Italy

Situated in the center of Rome, this icon of the Roman Empire stands as a symbol of the architects of Western civilization. Built in 70 c.e., the Colosseum was in use for over 500 years. It housed gladiator battles, naval war reenactments, trap door animal battles, and more until Rome finally fell. In a state of ruin from earthquakes, invasions, and treasure thieves, the Colosseum still stands as an example for modern stadiums.


Taj Mahal
Agra, India

The Taj Mahal was built between 1632 c.e. And 1648 c.e. as a mausoleum for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. “Considered the most perfect specimen of Muslim art in India, the white-marble Taj Majal actually represents a number of architectural styles, including Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian,” according to Travel Channel. The surrounding area features flower beds, reflecting pools, and formal gardens.


Petra
Jordan

From 9 b.c.e. to 40 c.e., Petra served as the capital city of the Nabataean Empire of King Aretas IV. The people of this empire mastered water manipulation technology, exhibited by water diversion tunnels and storage chambers, which allowed them to create an oasis in the desert. The famous monastery and 4,000-seat amphitheater have catapulted this site to international fame, and to a 1985 UNESCO World Heritage Site declaration.


Great Wall of China
China

Constructed over the course of 2,000 years of Chinese dynastic rule, the Great Wall of China actually consists of hundreds of connected walls that protected Chinese civilization from Northern invaders, like the Huns and Mongols. Spanning over 4,000 miles, this simple wall boasts the title of the longest human-made structure.


Christ the Redeemer Statue
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, Christ the Redeemer has watched of the people of Rio de Janeiro since 1931. The 130-foot statue cost roughly $250,000 to construct, but remains an icon of Brazil from atop Corcovado mountain, which can be reached by tram.

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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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