It’s easy to get confused by the many “7 Wonders of the World” lists out there.  There are the 7 Ancient Wonders, 7 Natural Wonders, etc — but for my own personal record, I am keeping track of the 7 New Wonders of the World.

I have been to 6 of 7 New Wonders of the World.  Read on to hear about my experiences!

1. Taj Mahal

It’s very hard to choose a favorite on this list, but if had to, it would be the Taj Mahal.

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I loved it so much that I went twice in one day (for sunrise and sunset!)  The most impressive thing about the Taj is the absolute perfect symmetry that some 20,000 people built in the 17th century.  You can notice the perfection when the sun is low in the sky, and the shadows are perfectly cast on the marble stone.  It is the most perfect building in the world, and it deserves to be called “the Monument of Love.”

2. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was the highlight of my trip around South America in summer 2016.

It amazed me how the Inca people built an entire city by carrying 50ton stones up steep mountain cliffs, 8,000 feet above sea level.  They built these massive structures without the use of wheels or machines that could cut stone.  And in the 15th century?  How on earth was this possible?

3. Great Wall of China

I visited the Great Wall in March of 2014 on a 24 hour layover in Beijing, and it did not disappoint!

My friends and I literally jumped in a taxi from the airport directly to the Wall, and it was worth every second!  The part that we visited was one of the best preserved part, called Mutianyu.  I want to go back and visit another part!

4. The Colosseum

I visited the Colosseum on a quick trip to Rome back in 2012, when I was studying abroad in Prague.


It was my first time traveling overseas, and seeing anything of this nature.  Despite being really hungover that day, I will never forget my initial reaction when saw it from afar.  I can only imagine the bloody battles and heads that were taken off over the years inside this mecca venue.

5. Christ the Redeemer

I went to Christ the Redeemer when I attended the 2016 Summer Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Despite being overcrowded with tourists from all over the world, it was incredible to experience!

The massive Christ statue stands tall on the peak of the Corcovado mountains, overlooking the entire city of Rio.  The open arms of Christ symbolize Christianity all over the world and the welcoming culture of Rio.  It has become an icon of Brazil since it was constructed in the 1920s.

6. Chichen Itza

Perhaps the most misspelled and unknown wonder on this list is Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Province of Southern Mexico.  I road tripped there from Cancun in February, 2017 and had a great time!


Chichen Itza was a massive pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan people more than 1,000 years ago.  The giant pyramid in this photo, known as El Castillo, is the focal point of the ancient city, with tons of ruins surrounding the area.   Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to climb up the top of the pyramid, but the views all around this place are tremendous.

The only World Wonder I have left to visit is Petra in Jordan. Hopefully I can make it there in 2017!

Drew Binsky

A graduate from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Drew Binsky has visited 190+ Countries since 2012.He first caught the travel bug while studying abroad in Prague, then taught English in Korea, and now he's on a mission to visit every country on earth.Follow his journey on YouTube & Instagram @drewbinsky 🙂

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3 thoughts on “7 New Wonders of the World

  1. I was fortunate enough to climb Chichen Itza back in the day. The view from up there was spectacular. It’s still worth the trip to see it and learn about the history.

  2. Hi Drew, Great list, as you say there is plenty of debate on the 7 “new” wonders. Chichen Itza is definitely worth the effort, unfortunately you can’t climb it anymore. Be sure to hit Tulum, and Coba whilst you’re in the Yucatan. We preferred Coba to Chichen Itza, but probably just because we almost had the place to ourselves.

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