Any traveler knows and appreciates how lucky we are to live in a world as incredible as this one, in which most countries have places so impressive that they could well be part of any list of wonders of the world that you must see once in a lifetime. . Despite this, most of the time we focus on the so-called 7 wonders of the modern world : the Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Roman Colosseum, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Taj Mahal in India and the Christ of the Corcovado in Brazil; although as we say, we have an incredible world.

It is for this reason that in this case we wanted to go a little further and although we know that it is impossible to name and talk about all the wonders of the planet in a single post, we have made a list of what we believe are the  wonders of the world that you should see once in a lifetime . Let’s start!

1. Great Wall (China)

With almost 9000 kilometers, the Great Wall of China is one of the most impressive places to see in the world . Construction began on this in the 5th century BC to protect the northern border of the country and over several centuries it has been reconstructed. Although many sectors can be visited, we recommend that you do the trekking between Jinshanling and Simatai, which despite being especially hard and complicated, as they are two practically unrestored sectors, give you a unique experience.

The Chinese Wall, one of the wonders of the world

2. Taj Mahal (India), one of the wonders of the world that you must see once in a lifetime

We have all heard on some occasion: “You either love India or hate it” although this statement is not applicable to the Taj Mahal, which is said to be the most beautiful monument in the world built for love. We do not know if there will be another more beautiful, what we can tell you is that it is one of the most impressive and beautiful wonders of the world. Whenever you can, we recommend you not stay with the most typical image and go after the visit to the banks of the Yamuda river from where the perspective is impressive.

Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world that you must see once in a lifetime

3. Pyramids of Giza (Egypt), one of the wonders of the ancient world

Located in the Giza necropolis, 40 kilometers from Cairo and in one of the most fascinating countries in the world, the Pyramids of Giza (Menkaure’s pyramid, Khafre’s pyramid and Cheops’ pyramid) stand as one of the wonders of the world. old . Whether you go on your own or on an organized trip, you will have the chance to enter one of the pyramids. Despite being told that there is nothing inside or reading that it is not worth doing, we recommend that you ignore it and live the experience. We assure you that it is one of the most brutal sensations in the world.

Pyramids of Giza (Egypt), one of the wonders of the ancient world

4. Colosseum (Italy)

With unique architecture and built in the 1C by the Flavian dynasty of emperors, this is another of the outstanding and most impressive wonders of the world. With capacity for more than 65,000 spectators, gladiator fights and battle re-enactments as well as executions took place in this place. Whenever you can, visit first thing in the morning as it is the time of day when there are fewer people. Also, if you want to experience a unique moment, we recommend going to the Colosseum at sunrise.

5. Petra (Jordan)

Built in the desert over 2,000 years ago, the ancient capital of the Nabateans is one of the most incredible places imaginable as well as another of the great wonders of the world. Surrounded by mountains, to gain access you must go through an impressive gorge, known as the Siq, which meant that the lost city was not rediscovered until the 19th century. Whenever you can, we recommend spending a couple of days in Petra, time that we believe is essential to get to know the place. Also, do not miss the night show, although it is recommended to see it before making the daytime visit to surprise you as much as possible.

6. Temples of Angkor (Cambodia)

The Temples of Angkor are the most visited place in the country and, of course, one of the wonders of Asia that you should not miss visiting at least once in your life. Surrounded by jungle, these stone cities of the Khmer Empire have in Angkor Wat the most famous place and undoubtedly one of the most outstanding images of the country.

Angkor temples, another of the wonders of the world that you must see once in a lifetime

7. Kruger National Park (South Africa), one of the natural wonders of the world

Known for being one of the most important natural spaces in the world, tens of thousands of animals coexist in the Kruger National Park, among which the Big 5 or Big 5 stand out, the name by which the African elephant, lion, leopard, the rhinoceros and the buffalo. One of the main characteristics of this park is that you can access it with your car and do the safaris for free, something that we assure you is a unique and unforgettable experience.

8. Potala Palace (Tibet)

Located in Lhasa in Tibet, the Potala Palace was the residence of the Dalai Lama (spiritual leaders of Tibet) until 1959, the year in which the fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was forced into exile in India, after the revolutions against China. Remember that Tibet cannot be visited on your own and you must have the services of an agency to make this trip. It is also important to know that Lhasa is at an altitude of 3,656 meters and during the trip you can be at more than 5,000 meters depending on the places you visit, so you have to take precautions in case you suffer from altitude sickness.

9. Machu Picchu (Peru), another of the wonders of the world

More than enough reason to travel to Peru, Machu Picchu is the lost city of the Incas and one of the seven wonders of the world . Lost among the vegetation above 2,500 meters until discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, the most magical way to get there is by following the Inca Trail, which you will cover 40 kilometers in 4 days. In case you do not do the Inca Trail, we recommend you visit Machu Picchu first thing in the morning to be able to visit quietly and without so many people.

10. Alhambra (Granada)

Andalusian-style and located on the al-Sabika hill, this complex of incredible palaces and gardens, as well as being a World Heritage Site, is considered the eighth wonder of the world. In addition to the visit, which is truly wonderful, we recommend that you not miss the views of the Alhambra from the most famous viewpoints in Granada such as San Nicolás, San Miguel Alto, Los Carvajales, San Cristóbal and the Great Mosque of Granada.

11. Mount Cook (New Zealand)

Known as Aoraki in the Maori language, this is the highest peak in the country at 3,724 meters and one of the most impressive and sacred places. Although many travelers come here and stay one day, we recommend you stay at least 2-3 days to calmly explore Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo and do some of the most famous trekking in the country, such as Hooker Valley.

12. Moais (Easter Island)

If you are looking for a magical place with a special energy in the world, without any doubt, Rapa Nui should occupy the first place. This remote island is the place where you can see the fascinating moáis, monolithic humanoid statues, wrapped in mystery and energy, impossible to explain. Being a relatively small island, most travelers stay between 3 and 4 days to get to know it. Although on those days you will be able to see the most important places whenever you can, we recommend you stay a week to enjoy the place, which is one of the most impressive wonders of the world .

13. Uluru (Australia)

This rock formation, also known as Ayers Rocks, is one of the symbols of the country as well as being a World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred places for Australian aborigines. Until 2019, climbing the monolith was allowed, but after taking into account the opinion of the Pitjantjatjara, the aborigines who live in the area, who consider the place sacred, it was prohibited.

Uluru, another of the wonders of the world to see once in a lifetime

 14. Chichén Itzá (Mexico), one of the wonders of the world that you must visit once in a lifetime

Considered another of the seven wonders of the modern world and one of the most famous Mayan ruins in the world, this is one of the places in the Yucatan peninsula that you cannot miss. Although many travelers make the visit in 1-2 hours, we recommend you reserve a full morning since the archaeological site is quite extensive and the visit can last between 3 and 5 hours depending on the time you spend in each of the places.

15. Statue of Liberty (United States)

At 46 meters high and an icon of freedom, this was a gift from the French to the city to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. Although you can see it from many points in New York, if you want to enjoy one of the best, we recommend taking the free ferry that goes to Staten Island and leaves from the Whitehall Terminal.

Statue of Liberty

16. Matterhorn (Switzerland / Italy)

At 4,478 meters, something that places it as the fifth highest peak in the Alps and known for being one of the most famous mountains in the world, the Matterhorn and everything that surrounds it, is another of the wonders of the world that you cannot leave. to know. From Zermatt, which is the base town to get to know this area, you can make incredible excursions such as the Riffelsee, the route of the 5 lakes or go to the top of Gornegrat from where you will have impressive views of the great alpine peaks.

17. Eiffel Tower (France), another of the wonders of the world

Built for the Universal Exposition of 1889 by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel and designed by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, the tower is 324 meters high, including the antenna, and has become, despite initial controversy, a symbol for the city. and the country as well as one of the most visited wonders of the world . Keep in mind that this is one of the most famous places in the country so it is highly recommended to book tickets in advance.

 18. Red Square – Saint Basil’s Cathedral (Russia)

At 330 meters long and 70 meters wide, this is the most famous square in Moscow and probably one of the best known in the world. In it we can find the Lenin Mausoleum, the Monument to Minin and Pozharski and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral, which is an Orthodox temple famous for its beauty and its characteristic domes.

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

 19. Lalibela (Ethiopia)

Declared a World Heritage Site, these churches excavated in basalt rock are one of the few vestiges that remain from the Zagüe Dynasty. Although they are not located in the same place, they are separated by the Yordanos channel, they are connected by tunnels and passageways.

Lalibela churches in Ethiopia

 20. Fuji (Japan), another of the wonders of the world

The highest peak in the country is not only a wonder of the world for that reason. Fuji is one of the most photogenic and beautiful mountains as well as one of Japan’s sacred places that many travelers and locals climb when time permits. Although there are countless places from which you can see this perfect volcanic cone, we especially recommend Chureito Pagoda, the Hakone area, Lake Kawaguchiko, Fujiyoshida’s Arakurayama Sengen Park or even from the Shinkansen bullet train itself.

 As you can imagine, it is impossible to make a list of all the wonders of the world and incredible places such as Bagan in Myanmar, the Mosque of Córdoba, the Cathedral of Seville, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ​​any of the natural wonders of Iceland have undoubtedly been left out. , the Acropolis of Athens, the Cocora Valley in Colombia, the Medina of Marrakech, Sigiriya in Sri Lanka, Ayutthaya in Thailand, Torres del Paine in Chile, Antigua in Guatemala, Cayos Cochinos in Honduras and a long etcetera that we would never end.

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