So did you notice in yesterday’s post about The Quirky Traveller that we were intrigued by their entry to this awesome competition from Exodus Travels?
My 7 World Wonders
Win a trip to all 7 of your world wonders!
We believe everyone has their own definition of what makes something wondrous – after all, travel is personal. That’s why we don’t believe in a prescribed travel bucket list and why we’re giving you the chance to choose your very own Seven World Wonders. You’ll even be able to create a personalised video to share with your friends. What’s more? We’re also offering you the chance to WIN all seven of your selections – that’s seven Exodus trips to your personal Seven World Wonders!
Well, isn’t that a competition worth entering? Let’s just head over there and work our way through our seven picks of World Heritage Sites to be our 7 Wonders of the trips on offer, shall we?
The Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls is the world’s greatest sheet of falling water and significant worldwide for its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the falls i.e. the spray, mist and rainbows…
Yep, the world’s largest waterfall is a suitably epic natural World Heritage Site to start this list off. Let’s switch things up, and add some mysterious archaelogy for:
Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. A society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300 established a powerful, imaginative and original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external influence. From the 10th to the 16th century this society built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai , which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world…
Is there anywhere else as iconic a representation of grandeur and mystery as Easter Island? No, we don’t think so either, so that definitely gets a high spot on our list. And speaking of iconic, for our next entry we’ll pick the literally biggest icon of the world:
Sagarmatha is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys, dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848 m). Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda, are found in the park. The presence of the Sherpas, with their unique culture, adds further interest to this site…
Conquering Everest is a metaphor for ultimate achievement across any field of endeavour, so it definitely needs to be an anchor entry on our Wonders list, yep. Let’s go from that symbol of the world, to somewhere practically otherworldly:
#4. Namib Sand Sea (Sossusvlei)
The Namib Sand Sea is a unique coastal fog desert encompassing a diverse array of large, shifting dunes. It is an outstanding example of the scenic, geomorphological, ecological and evolutionary consequences of wind-driven processes interacting with geology and biology. The sand sea includes most known types of dunes together with associated landforms such as inselbergs, pediplains, and playas, formed through aeolian depositional processes. It is a place of outstanding natural beauty where atmospheric conditions provide exceptional visibility of landscape features by day and the dazzling southern hemisphere sky at night…
Sounds like nowhere we’ve been … and we’d venture to guess most people haven’t been … so that looks like a good Wonder to mark the midpoint of our list! Let’s go to the exact opposite of that ecology for our next selection,
The Central Amazon Conservation Complex makes up the largest protected area in the Amazon Basin (over 6 million hectares) and is one of the planet’s richest regions in terms of biodiversity. It also includes an important sample of varzea ecosystems, igapó forests, lakes and channels which take the form of a constantly evolving aquatic mosaic that is home to the largest array of electric fish in the world. The site protects key threatened species, including giant arapaima fish, the Amazonian manatee, the black caiman and two species of river dolphin…
From one of the driest places on earth to the wettest, that’s a good way to keep our Wonders switched up, and again jungle just doesn’t get more iconic than Amazon jungle, does it? But our list is pretty heavy on nature so far, so let’s add a cultural site next, and appropriately the site of one of the original Seven Wonders:
Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean…
It just wouldn’t be a proper Seven Wonders list without a homage to the original list, would it? And for the last entry on our list, let’s get whimsical with
#7. Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve (Madagascar Lemur Safari)
Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve comprises karstic landscapes and limestone uplands cut into impressive ‘tsingy’ peaks and a ‘forest’ of limestone needles, the spectacular canyon of the Manambolo river, rolling hills and high peaks. The undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps are the habitat for rare and endangered lemurs and birds…
Because LEMURS! Who could miss the chance to put a visit to LEMURS! on their Wonders list? Why, not us, that’s for sure!
p dir=”ltr”>So there’s our 7 Wonders selected, and they make a little video for you of your selections as well — check ours out and enter today!