The Seven Natural Wonders of the World
The Natural Wonders of the World are seven of Mother Nature’s best offerings that will leave you in amazement and awe. A natural wonder is defined as a site or monument that was not created or significantly altered by humans. In 1997, CNN released a list of these incredible places that leave those who visit with absolute wonder. Today, the seven destinations have become top tourist spots, offering views and scenery that many can only dream of witnessing. Lucky for you, Rubinsohn Travel knows a thing – or two – about the Natural Wonders of the World and is ready to take you on an adventure of a lifetime.
Located in Northwest Arizona, the Grand Canyon reaches a depth of over 1-mile and stretches over 277 miles long. Scientists estimate that this breathtaking gorge first carved out its path more than 17 million years ago, exposing information on the geological history of the region as it cut through the land. Studies have also shown that this magnificent natural wonder was created by the erosion cause by the Colorado River, and is widely known for its vibrant landscape. While visiting the Grand Canyon, you can expect to catch a glimpse of the power and beauty that nature offers.
Made up of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and approximately 1,000 islands over a span of 1,400 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing that can be seen from outer space. Constructed by billions of organisms, known as coral polyps, this natural wonder is a top tourist destination and an internationally recognized landmark of Australia. According to National Geographic, the Great Barrier Reef is nearly the size of Montana, covering 135,000 square miles. The Great Barrier Reef also has approximately 1,500 fish species and over 400 species of vibrant coral! During your visit, be sure to explore the reef on a glass bottom boat tour, which also allows some time for diving and snorkeling. The Great Barrier Reef should definitely be at the top of your bucket list!
Native Brazilian’s are proud of their geologically defined home that was created by erosion of the Atlantic Ocean. Holding its rank as the largest bay in the world, Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by mountains and offers various scenic views that can’t be matched. Take a trip up Corcovado Mountain, and experience Brazil’s most well-known statue, Chris the Redeemer, while looking at the enchanting bay below. Visitors can also experience breathtaking views alongside the beautiful beaches that line the harbor. Pack your bags for a getaway in the fall, as September and October are the best times to visit!
Reaching 29, 029 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is known to be the world’s highest point. Mount Everest belongs to the Himalaya Mountains and is located on the border of Nepal, and Tibet/China. Many tourists enjoy hiking the base of the mountain or taking a tour on a guided air-flight above. Today, climbing Everest isn’t quite the goal that it once was – but those looking to do so must be in peak physical condition, and willing to take great risks. However, prepare to pay the Nepal government $25,000 if you want to venture to the top, as it becomes quite costly to experience this incredible wonder that was created by Mother Nature.
Witness the phenomenon of the Northern (or Southern) Lights that can be observed across the sky. Seen in both Polar Regions of the planet, this dazzling light show is brought on by charged cosmic particles entering and interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere, causing vivid colors to be painted across the night sky. However, many have questioned the cause of the magnificent display, with references to the lights being found in texts from Ancient Greece, Norse Mythology, and Medieval England. Some popular destinations to view the aurora are, Fairbanks, Alaska, Tromso, Norway, and Northern Finland. Experience these glowing sheets of dancing waves between the months of March to April, and September to October.
Parícutin is a cinder cone volcano, located in the Mexican state of Michoacán. The official height of the volcano varies but reaches approximately 10, 397 feet. Parícutin was formed in 1943 on a local farmer’s field, erupting drastically until 1952, and causing much destruction to the area. Modern scientists have been lucky enough to observe and document every stage of its lifespan – from creation to extinction – as it happened, causing it to stand out as a unique volcano. Today, visitors are intrigued by the volcano’s history, and often ride horses to the volcano or experience the surrounding towns.
Between the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in South Africa, lies the home of the largest waterfall in the world. Victoria Falls isn’t the highest or broadest waterfall in the world, but when taking both attributes into consideration, it is certainly the largest. Victoria Falls is 360 feet high and 1-mile wide, standing roughly three times the height of Niagara Falls. Tourists are encouraged to visit the waterfall between April and June to experience the rainbow display at its brightest peak during the early hours of the day.
The Seven Natural Wonders of the World are proof that Mother Nature is just as talented, if not more talented than humans. This list of the Natural Wonders was created to raise awareness and protect the beauty of the natural creations within our world. Be sure to make it a point to visit at least to one of these awe-inspiring natural wonders! You certainly will not be disappointed with Rubinsohn Travel’s itinerary. Give us a call at (215) 886-5200 to start your planning today!