New 7 Wonders of the World: photo travel guide
More than 100 million votes were cast and the following sites were announced as the New 7 Wonders of the World. If you’re looking for travel inspiration, these 7 should get you started.
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China in China: built in 700 BC. Though the Great Wall of China is at least 13,170 miles long, much of it is in poor condition or has collapsed. The Chinese government has opened several sections to visitors, including several in Beijing — which are the easiest to visit (the 2 most popular are Badaling and Juyongguan).
When to visit: the Wall is open to tourists all year round, but the ideal months are when it’s cooler, in later March, April, May, June, September, October and early November.
Petra, near Wadi Musa in Jordan: built in 312 BC. Petra was also recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. The ancient city of Petra was carved into the walls of a desert canyon. The treasury, its most famous structure, is thought to be 2,000 years old. Read more about Petra.
How to get to Petra: fly into Amman airport — then it’s a 4 hours drive. Or, you can fly into Aqaba airport, and it’s a 1.5 hour drive.
When to go: avoid the summer heat and visit in spring (March – May) or autumn (September to November)
Colosseum in Rome, Italy: built in 70 AD. The first games were held in the Colosseum in 80 AD. They lasted over 100 days with more than 3,000 gladiators fighting. The last gladiator games were held in 435 AD.
How to get there: you can get to the Colosseum on the Rome Metro (Colosseum Station), by local bus, taxi or on the hop-on hop-off tour.
When to go: to avoid heat and humidity, visit in spring (March to June) or fall (September and October)
Chichen Itza in Yucatán, Mexico: built in 600 AD. This ancient Mayan city’s most recognizable structure is the Temple Kukulkan, an astronomical wonder with 365 steps — one for every day of the year. It was granted World Heritage Site status in 1988 by UNESCO.
How to get to Chichen Itza: you can reach the site on a day trip from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Merida. There are also hotels nearby if you’d like to stay longer. You can take a day tour, rent a car or hop on an ADO bus from Cancun.
When to go: The ruins are open daily. The climate is consistently tropical with average temperatures around 93ºF (34ºC). If you go in early morning or late afternoon, you’ll avoid the hot midday sun.
Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru: built in 1438 AD. Machu Picchu was built on a mountain at 7,970 feet. It is made up of more than 150 buildings.
How to get there: fly into Cusco and ride the train (3.5 hours on PeruRail) to Aguas Calientes (now officially called Machu Picchu Pueblo). From there, it’s a bus ride on a winding road up the mountain to Machu Picchu. If you’re more intrepid, you can hike the Inca Trail and arrive at the ruins on foot.
When to go: Machu Picchu is open year-round. October to April is the rainy season (but it can rain anytime), and peak season is July – August.
Taj Mahal in Agra, India: built in 1632 AD. The Taj Mahal was completed in 1652 after 22 years of construction. It is perfectly symmetrical — its four sides are identical to each other. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. See more photos of incredible India.
Getting there: Agra is 200 km from Delhi and you can get there by rail, road or air. Air India flies between Delhi and Agra. Agra is on the main train line between Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay). A number of buses connect Agra with Delhi. It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Agra by bus. You could also hire a taxi.
When to go: the cooler months are October to March
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: built in 1931 AD. The Christ the Redeemer statue took five years to build, finishing construction in 1931. It stands 98 feet tall.
Getting there: taxi, bus or train, plus 220 steps or an elevator ride. The train (Corcovado Railway) leaves every 30 minutes.
When to visit: September and October when it’s cooler
And honorary title to the Giza Necropolis in Giza, Egypt as it is the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World.
Videos: Official Declaration of the New7Wonders of the World
Official site of New7Wonders of the World