How to visit the 7 modern wonders of the world

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

The effort to create the new seven wonders of the world started way back in 2000 as a campaign to select out of 200 or so historical monuments.

Who chose this list? Almost 100 million people voted to declare the New Seven Wonders of the World. Now millions of tourists flock to these sites on an annual basis adding more concerns to protect these sites from vandalism and general ruin.

So what sites make up the NEW seven wonders of the world?

  • Machu Picchu – Cusco, Peru
  • The Great wall of China – outside Beijing, China
  • Roman Colosseum – Rome, Italy
  • Christ the Redeemer – Rio, Brasil
  • Taj Mahal – Agra, India
  • Petra – Jordan
  • Chichen Itza, Cancun, Mexico

These sites are easily reachable from anywhere.

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

How to get there?

If you are going to Peru from your country you are most probably flying into the capital city – Lima. From Lima it is recommended to fly to Cusco and not take a bus especially if you have altitude sickness. Cusco sits almost 3400 meters above sea level. Once you get to Cusco you need a day to acclimatize yourself to the altitude and change in oxygen level.

Chitchen Itza, Mexico
Chitchen Itza, Mexico

Once you are in Cusco you can take the scenic panoramic train – Vistodome – from Cusco to Machu Pichu. The ride is spectacular as you go through the Sacred valley of Urubamba, If you are more of an adventure type you can also do a one week journey from Aguas Calientes to Machu Pichu.

By the way it is essential to book an entrance ticket to Machu Pichu in advance of your visit. We recommend a week before your visit.

Best time to visit: September

Entrance Fee (if any): For U.S citizens you pay 152 PEN (45 USD). It is highly recommended to buy the entrance tickets to Machu Pichu way in advance as they have a strict limit of how many people they allow in a certain day. Entrance tckets to Huayana Pichu is additional.

2. The Great Wall of China, China

How to get there?

Great wall of China is a series of fortification system built across the northern border of China to protect from the invading nomadic Mongols. Interestingly is the only human-made structure visible from space. There are a few sections of the walls that can be easily reached from Beijing.

Mutiyanhu section of Great wall of China

Here are our recommendations:

  • Badalin – if you are short on time it is best section to visit
  • Mutiyanhu – is the best restored section of the wall and is the most popular among tourists
  • Simatai – this is the only section that is opened to visiting at night time
  • Jiankou – steep and difficult experience

All these sites can be reached by tourist bus or public transportation. Highly recommended to avoid the weekend as the sites are filled with tourists.

Best time to visit: Spring or Fall

Entrance Fee (if any): 40RMB (6 USD) per person. If you are going to Mutiyanhu you can book the entrance tickets in advance here.

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3. Roman Colosseum, Italy

The oldest amphitheater built during the Roman empire around the 1st century A.D still attracts a huge amount of visitors from all around the world. You can either take a tour or visit alone. The site can be visited in less than two hours. One can buy the tickets to Roman colosseum online in advance.

The Roman Colosseum, Italy

There is public transportation available from the center of Rome. Use Google maps to find your way.

Best time to visit: All year around but better to skip during the peak summer time

Entrance fee: 20 Euros (22 USD). Buy entrance tickets a day in advance.

4. Christ the Redeemer, Brasil

Built in the 1920s, the art deco status of Christ the Redeemer was built as a symbol of Brazil’s embrace of Christianity. It was originally built in clay pieces in France and then exported to Brazil to be remade in re-inforced concrete. It is the tallest art deco statue in the world. When you are arrive at the top of the hill you can enjoy the panoramic view of the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches.

Christ the Redeemer in Rio, Brazil
Credit: José Eduardo Nucci Photography (Flickr)

How to get there?

Once you are in Rio you can take the train from Corcovado station to the statue.

When to go? Avoid the rainy season Dec – March. Otherwise it is fine to visit.

Entrance tickets: 67 Brazilian Real (15 USD). This includes the train from Copacabana to the top and the entrance ticket.

5. Taj Mahal, India

Taj Majal is a symbol of eternal love. This ivory marble mausoleum on the banks of river Yamuna was built by Shah Jahan during the 16th century to house the tomb of his wife Mumtaz.

Taj Mahal, in Agra, India
Credit: icarium.imagery (Flickr)

How to get there?

From the capital city, New Delhi you can take the newly launched super fast Gatimaan train or take a private taxi to Agra.

Best time to visit? Avoid the summers (May until June) as it is extremely hot in the north of India.

Entrance ticket: 1100 INR (15 USD) for foreign citizens. You can buy it at the entrance of the site.

6. Petra, Jordan

One of the oldest archeological structure in the list of seven wonders of the world, Petra is a huge complex full of historical facts and architectural elegance. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. However the most iconic structure of Petra is the rock carved greek-style facade also known as The Treasury. It is recommended to get a 2 day ticket as the site is quiet large to cover in one day.

Petra, Jordan

How to get there?

Petra is near the center of Petra city. It can be easily reachable by a short 30 minute walk. You can also hire a taxi from the center.

Best time to visit: Avoid the summer.

Entrance fee: 55 Jordanian dollar (75 USD) for 2 day visit. Buy tickets online or at the site.

7. Chichen Itza, Mexico

During the 8th century AD Mayan built a number of pyramid structure temples in Central America including the famous Chichen Itza. The Chichen Itza was one of the largest Mayan cities.

Chichen Itza in Yukatan Province, Mexico
Credit: roel rocero (Flickr)

How to get here?

Chichen Itza is roughly two hours from Cancun. There are a number of day trip tours you can take from Cancun.

Best time to go – All year around

Entrance Fee: 232 pesos (13 USD). Buy it at the site.