New 7 Wonders of Nature

6th Feb 2011
Written by: Macca Sherifi

After years of deliberation and millions of votes, the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’ have been revealed.

440 locations from over 220 countries were initially proposed before a shortlist of 77 sites was published. A panel of experts reduced this to 28 before millions of people voted for their favourite.

A panel of experts have spent the last four years on the campaign, and the winners were picked by these criteria: unique beauty of the nominated site; diversity and distribution (accounted for in seven groups); ecological significance (in terms of either stand-alone eco-systems and/or their significance for human beings); historical legacy (relation that human beings and/or indigenous populations have or have had with the site); geo-location (even distribution of the 28 Official Finalists between all continents).

The New7Wonders of Nature campaign started in 2007, immediately after the campaign to elect the man-made New7Wonders of the World, in which more than 100 million votes were cast.

The ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’ are:

The Amazon

The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and is one of the world’s most diverse biological areas. It’s huge, covering 40% of South America, including Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

For more information, read our interview with Ed Stafford who walked the length of the Amazon.

The Amazon

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is a popular backpacker destination that features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes, many of which are filled with caves. In the bay are several floating villages where local fishermen live. On your gap year you can sail around these islands taking in the stunning sites.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Iguazu Falls, Argentina / Brazil

The Iguazu Falls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil and they are made up of 275 cascades. The Iguazu Falls is one of the world’s largest waterfalls and it is more than 2,700m long. Access to the Falls is usually done through one of the three cities in the so-called tri-border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and is one of the sites to see on a gap year in South America.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina / Brazil

Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju Island is a volcanic island that lies 230km from the southern coast of South Korea. The largest volcano is Hallasan and there are 360 other smaller volcanoes found nearby on the island. Jeju Island is the only special autonomous province of South Korea and it’s a popular tourist location for locals and tourists alike.

Jeju Island, South Korea

Komodo, Indonesia

Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands that make up Indonesia. It was made a national park in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, an endangered species. It’s also famous for its pink beaches, one of only a few in the world. Due to its location to Bali, it’s one of the more visited islands in Indonesia.

Komodo Island, Indonesia

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines

The Puerto Princesa underground river is located 50km north of Puerto Princesa on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. The entrance to the Subterranean River is a short hike from the town of Sabang. The Puerto Princesa underground river claims to be the world’s longest underground river at 8.2km and a lagoon marks the entrance of the cave.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines

Table Mountain, South Africa

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. The mountain has withstood six million years of erosion and hosts the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth with over 1,470 floral species. It’s a popular tourist attraction in South Africa with people hiking to the mountain top.

Table Mountain, South Africa

Which one of these wonders do you think is the best? What natural wonders do you think should have been in the top seven? Are there any natural wonders that you think are missing?

Check out these top travel experiences:

Search

Summer Blast – South Island

from £1687

16 - 19 days

Experience the best of the South Island on this all points covered tour with stunning accommodation, amazing hikes, awesome bike...

Essential India & Nepal

from £581

16 days

From Delhi to Kathmandu, embrace the traditions and customs of India and Nepal on this exotic 16 Day tour. An...

Amazing Turkey By Gulet

from £450

10 days

This awesome tour starts off exploring Istanbul the former capital of Turkey before heading off to Gallipoli to pay respect...

Springfest

from £105

3 days

Springfest is often referred to as “Little Oktoberfest” but offers a more local experience. Stay with Stoke at their all-inclusive...

Fantastic Morocco, Spain & Portugal

from £650

14 days

From Marrakesh to Madrid this fantastic tour visits three countries over 14 days. From couscous to tapas and from desert...

Gorillas, Gameparks and Zanzibar Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

from £1285

33 days

From the opportunity to trek to the majestic Gorillas to the wildlife on offer in the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and...

Ultimate Eastern Adventure

from £939

15 - 15 days

In Bond movies, Eastern Europeans are always the bad guys. But casting directors need to grow up and get real...

Andes and Amazon Quito to La Paz

from £1750

37 days

Experience the Amazon rainforest at first-hand in a jungle lodge, follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, stay overnight with...

Kingdoms & Carnivals

from £3545

84 - 105 days

An adventure for anyone yearning for an awesome road trip around South America’s most famous sites and undiscovered corners, from...

South Island Snow Safari

from £925

7 days

Welcome to NZ's ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour. We hit 6 different mountains over 7 days and our expert...

Search

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

from £960

Costa Rica

Home to volcanoes, lush rainforests, beaches, and unique wildlife, Costa Rica is a celebrated pioneer in protecting natural heritage. Forge...

Transylvania Unearthed – Halloween Edition

Romania

Is there a better time to explore Romania's most (in)famous region than during Halloween? We don't think so. Yeah, this...

Sri Lanka Express

from £679

Sri Lanka

Discover Sri Lanka's incredible cultural and natural highlights on this eight-day tour. Explore a spice plantation, look for elephants on...

Simply South India

from £480

India

A rollicking, rip-snorting jaunt through India’s lush interior. Head from Trivandrum up to Varkala for prime beach gallivanting. Take a...

Vietnam and Cambodia Family Holiday

from £2930

Take the family on a trip to remember when you voyage across Indochina from Hanoi to Siem Reap via Halong...

Lima Fly & Stay Independent Adventure

Peru

Add a night in Lima and a flight to Cusco to complement your ongoing adventures in the Cusco area. A...

Amazing Southern Africa

from £4695

Namibia

Travel to Africa and jump onboard an exhilarating journey through the magnificent nations of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe....

Amazing Central America

from £1623

Guatemala

Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. From...

Zanzibar to Cape Town

from £350

Dreaming of the perfect, desktop background-worthy African getaway? From Zanzibar’s famed white sand beaches to Cape Town’s glittering city lights,...

Johannesburg to Gorillas

from £5645

Namibia

Venture out and witness vast landscapes, natural wonders, towns rich in cultural traditions and modern cities humming with life on...

Find more travel inspiration from our writers:

Search
[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]