Back in 2000, a man called Bernard Weber led an organisation called the New7Wonders Foundation, to find the New 7 Wonders of the World. The process took seven years, and since it was carried out as a public vote with the chance to vote multiple times over telephone it was not considered scientific.
Despite these controversies, the Foundation then moved on to find the New7Wonders of Nature, with the winners announced at an event in Zurich in 2011. Here’s a guide to the seven winners; the seven incredible natural sites that make up the New7Wonders of Nature:
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park – this underground river is around 30 miles north of Puerto Princesa, with fascinating tours taking you into the darkness where you’ll see bats, rock formations, marine wildlife and more. Tours can only go so far – there’s a lack of oxygen deeper in the river.
Jeju Island – this whole island was nominated and then chosen for the list due to the incredible sights available, ranging from the stunning waterfalls to Hallasan Mountain, a dormant volcano. The volcano created an extensive network of lava tubes, huge caves that vary in shape – some have intricate stalactites and stalagmites, while some look almost like man-made tunnels.
Ha Long Bay – a famous location in Vietnam, instantly recognisable to anyone who sees it, this beautiful bay has nearly 2,000 limestone islands, many towering high, covered in jungle vegetation and riddled with caves. The tranquil inlets created by these impressive islands are always popular with tourists.
Iguazu Falls – falling on the border of Argentina and Brazil, these waterfalls are some of the most impressive and genuinely breath-taking the world over. Combining huge curtains of rushing water with luscious green forests and large mists creates a destination that is almost literally unbelievable.
Amazon River & Rainforest – the region with the most biodiversity in the world, the Amazon is home to 10% of the world’s known species, ranging from aquatic wildlife in the river itself to land and air creatures amongst the forest and some stunning plant life. To say the area is teeming with wildlife would be an understatement.
Komodo Island – while Komodo is known as being an attractive sight with tropical vegetation and marine life, it’s more famous for being the home of the Komodo dragon, the fascinating creature that roams wild. The island also has a pink beach.
Table Mountain – characterised by the flat plateau that overlooks Cape Town, Table Mountain is one of the more remarkable mountains that exists in the world. It’s accessible by cable car, or if you’re feeling active you can hike the route to experience the majestic views.
By Ian Lewis