Lots of people have really long lists of places they want to visit but don’t know where to start. In these times when we’re all stuck inside this is also probably true with options for virtual travel. So, why not start with the 7 wonders of the world? Also known as the ‘New7Wonders’ the places on the 7 Wonders of the World list were voted on by over 100 million people in 2007, the latest among a series of lists compiled throughout history.
Located across various countries and continents you can explore the wonders of the world from the comfort of your own home. Travel for free and experience the world’s most famous landmarks without the crowds.
Visit The 7 Wonders Of The World From Anywhere In The World
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is the perfect embodiment of the ancient Mayan culture. Once a trading centre for cloth, slaves, honey, and salt (between 800 to 1200AD), this city is now in ruins. The most famous ruin is El Caracol, which is said to have been a sophisticated astronomical observatory. You can explore these landmarks on the tour here.
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This massive 130-foot-tall statue has been towering over Rio since 1931. Perched on Corcovado Mountain, this awe-inspiring concrete and soapstone statue has become iconic for both Rio and Brazil. Now you can explore this wonder of the world with this virtual tour.
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
The Colosseum is one of the most iconic sights of Rome. Built between 70 and 80 AD, it was in use for almost 500 years for gladiatorial matches, executions, battle reenactments, and other public spectacles. Though parts of it are in ruins, you can still visit it on this virtual tour here.
The Great Wall, China
This stone and earth fortification is China’s most famous attraction and took almost a thousand years to complete. It was primarily constructed to protect the Chinese Empire from invading the Mongols and is actually a succession of walls and fortifications spanning approximately 6,400 kilometres making it the longest man-made structure in the world. You can see it here.
Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru
Machu Picchu is another major wonder of the world you can visit virtually from your home. This magnificent Incan city is set between two towering peaks in the Andes and was built in the 15th century and later abandoned. Usually, visitors reach it by foot, train, or helicopter, but now you can walk through the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru from your living room here.
Once the capital of the Nabataean Empire of King Aretas, Petra is home to a number of incredible structures that can be seen carved into the spectacular red stone. These include a 4,000-seat amphitheater and the El Deir monastery. Now, thanks to a collaboration between Google and Queen Rania of Jordan, you can now explore Petra on a virtual tour here.
The Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Standing on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, the Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum that was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The complex includes stunning formal gardens, raised pathways, sunken flower beds, and a reflecting pool. While you can’t go inside, you can explore the rest of the complex here.
BONUS: Pyramids Of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
The breathtaking Pyramids of Giza were constructed by the Ancient Egyptian pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure between 2550 to 2490 BCE. The pyramid complex is also home to the statue of the Sphinx, several cemeteries, a workers’ village, and many palaces. You can explore all of this on the virtual tour here.
So, Are You Going To Explore These Wonders Virtually?
With so many of us confined to our homes in this time of social distancing, it can be difficult to find something to keep our minds occupied. One perfect solution is to see a bit of the world, even if it’s just confined to a screen.