The Most Astonishing Seven Natural Wonders of the World

By Lily Evans | Popular

May 17
The Most Astonishing Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Everyone seems to be traveling nowadays – and it is easy to understand why. With the advent of the Internet, sharing photographs of picturesque locations has become a lot easier. And with transportation having massively improved in the past decades, everyone seems to be afflicted with wanderlust.

Realty developers have created all sorts of destinations for all sorts of people, but nothing beats the beauty of nature. In this article, I will talk about the seven natural wonders of the world and why you must absolutely see them. I will also include some quick facts about each of these natural wonders.

Read on to find out more about these breathtaking locations.​

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#1 Grand Canyon

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Located in Arizona, United States is the Grand Canyon, a massive gorge measuring a staggering 277 miles in length. This magnificent canyon was formed by the course of the Colorado River. Scientists estimate that the Colorado River first carved its path around 17 million years ago.

Located in Arizona, United States is the Grand Canyon, a massive gorge measuring a staggering 277 miles in length. This magnificent canyon was formed by the course of the Colorado River. Scientists estimate that the Colorado River first carved its path around 17 million years ago.

There are numerous vistas throughout the Grand Canyon National Park, especially along the South Rim. The most spectacular of these vistas is probably the Toroweap Overlook. This vista provides an astonishing view of the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, it is accessible only through three dirt paths.

If you don’t feel like going through the dirt paths in St. George, Utah, Colorado City, and Pipe Spring National Monument, then you can check out Lipan Point instead. This vista is a lot more accessible, but it still gives a great view of the Grand Canyon.

From Lipan Point, visitors can get a good look at a variety of rock strata. From there, visitors can also get a good view of the Unkar Creek area. If you are feeling fancy, you can also try flying over the Grand Canyon on board a helicopter.​

#2 Paricutin

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Less popular than the Grand Canyon but just as astounding is Paricutin, a cinder cone volcano in Michoacán, Mexico. Its shape is near perfect, thereby making it quite a known landmark in Mexico. This volcano is now dormant, having last erupted in 1952.

What makes Paricutin so interesting is the fact that mankind has witnessed its birth, so to speak. Its life cycle – from its birth up until its dormancy – was well-documented, making it quite a fascinating sight. It was an active volcano for 19 years and is now no longer expected to erupt again.

Paricutin started out from a fissure in a cornfield before eventually growing to a height of 1,391 feet. Its gradual birth has attracted scientists all over the world. In fact, the site where Paricutin is now located used to be flocked by experts during the 1940s and the 1950s

If you really want to enjoy your visit to Paricutin, then the best way to do that is via a 12-mile roundtrip horseback ride (or a hike, if you are quite the athletic type) to the top of the volcano. Given the height of Paricutin, the view to the top is breathtaking.

The volcano is also known for its tropical environment characterized by longer summers and significantly milder winters. It can be explored any time of the year, but you might want to shy away from the rainy season which runs from May to September.

#3 Aurora Borealis

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Easily one of the most popular of the seven natural wonders, the aurora borealis (also known as the Northern Lights) has caught the fancy of nature-lovers and avid travelers from different countries. The scene is as romantic as it is picturesque – you would definitely want to see it in real life.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with this phenomenon, the auroras are naturally occurring lights which create a spectacular display in the sky. Unlike the rest of the natural wonders enumerated here, you can see the auroras from many different locations.

The best way to see the auroras is by traveling to the Northern Hemisphere. There are greater chances of witnessing this spectacular display if you go in March and April, or in September and October. The closer to the magnetic pole and the higher in altitude you go, the more likely will you see the auroras.

When and where the auroras will appear is pretty unpredictable, so you might want to save up for a long vacation in the Northern Hemisphere is you really want to see it. At present, Alaska, Canada, and Norway are popular spots for tourists who want to see the aurora borealis up close.

As for the time when you will likely witness the Northern Lights, that could vary widely, too. In certain cases, the display could happen at around midnight. In other cases, it might happen around five in the morning. Seeing it could take some patience, but it is certainly worth seeing.​

#4 Victoria Falls

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The Victoria Falls located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe might not be the highest or the widest falls in the world, but combining the height and the width, it is easily the largest. Dubbed as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the Smoke that Thunders, this body of water is certainly a compelling sight.

The Victoria Falls can be accessed either through Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. It is also close to the borders of Botswana. The water flowing down the Victoria Falls, meanwhile, is from the Zambezi River in Northern Zambia.

Given the size of the Victoria Falls, swimming in it is pretty dangerous. Nevertheless, there are still numerous ways by which you can enjoy this breathtaking view and make the most out of your visit http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/. There are two ways by which you can view the falls, both of which are worth checking out.

The first way is by boarding a helicopter and leveraging a flight over the falls. This is a great way to get a full view of the falls and a chance to get a glimpse of the wildlife in the surrounding area. If you are lucky, you might even see an elephant!

The second way is through the trails alongside the falls. The trails provide a great panoramic view of the side of the falls, especially if you take the trails on the Zimbabwe side of the Victoria Falls. The best time to see the falls would be in June and July when both the water levels and the visibility are high.​

#5 Rio de Janeiro Harbor

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Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, is quite a popular location. In fact, this city has been the shooting location of quite a number of Hollywood films. The harbor of Rio de Janeiro, in particular, is an astounding sight, seeing as it combines both nature and modernity.

Also known as the Guanabara Bay, the Rio de Janeiro Harbor was created by erosion from the Atlantic Ocean. It is a 19-mile stretch of land, with more than a hundred islands situated around it. Some of the notable islands around the bay are Paquetá, Snakes, and Villegagnon Island.

Another notable feature of the Rio de Janeiro Harbor is how it is surrounded by several granite mountains. Included are the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain standing at 1,296 feet, Corcovado Peak at 2,310 feet, and Tijuca at 3,350 feet.

If you want a panoramic view of the harbor, then it is best to view this wonder from the peak of one of the surrounding mountains. Sugar Loaf Mountain is in the harbor itself and provides a great view not only of the harbor and the beaches but also of the city.

Given the fact Rio de Janeiro is a buzzing city, you will not run out of things to do while you are there. Whether you are into water sports or just casually lounging at the beach, the harbor certainly has a lot to offer. Prepare to fall in love with this natural wonder.​

#6 Great Barrier Reef

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For the ocean lovers out there, this next natural wonder will certainly leave you awestruck. Located in Australia – and certainly one of its most notable features – is the Great Barrier Reef. Not only is this natural wonder known for its size, but it is also well-known for its beauty.

The Great Barrier Reef is dubbed as largest individual formation created by living organisms in the world. Consisting of over 2,900 separate reefs and spanning a staggering 1,600 miles, it is certainly worthy of its name. It is composed of around 900 islands and can be seen even from outer space.

The Great Barrier Reef is already picturesque in photographs, but nothing beats seeing the coral reef formations up close. That said, snorkeling and/or scuba diving is your best bet if you want to fully experience the beauty of this natural wonder.

If scuba diving and snorkeling is not really your thing, then you might want to avail of the boat or cruise tours instead. These tours have quite a number of variations, ranging from single day trips to extended stays. Want a more panoramic view? You can try boarding a helicopter, too, to see its expanse.

The weather in the Great Barrier Reef is pretty consistent all year round, so you can go whenever your heart desires. Note, however, that the rainy season is from November through May, so you might want to plan your activities during your vacation accordingly.​

#7 Mount Everest

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For those of you who are more adventurous and would not mind being out there in the cold, then Mount Everest is the perfect destination for you. Widely known as the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest rises to an astonishing 29,029 feet.

This towering giant is located along the border of Nepal and Tibet. The mountain is over 60 million years old and is estimated to be growing by about a quarter of an inch every year. The mountain is composed of different types of rocks, such as shale, limestone, and marble.

The summit of Mount Everest is rocky. However, due to its altitude, the summit of Mount Everest is covered in deep snow all year long. The temperature at the summit can be as low as -80°F, with winds blowing at speeds of over 200 meters per hour. The jet stream, meanwhile, sits at the peak all year long.

The temperature and the weather conditions in Mount Everest can be pretty harsh, so climbers typically wait for the summit window in May and November before they try climbing the summit. During these times, the jet stream moves north, making the winds significantly calmer and the temperature warmer.

If you are not into climbing this challenging peak (and, really, it is not for amateurs to try), you can opt instead to stay in the neighboring locations. This will still afford you a good view of this spectacular natural wonder but without the hazard and the danger that goes with climbing this mountain.​


Conclusion

The world has so many beautiful locations just waiting to be discovered and explored, and these are only seven of them. While you might have your personal favorites, these seven natural wonders are undoubtedly beautiful and breathtaking.

With all the beautiful places all over the world, however, one can easily curate a top seven natural wonders per country or region. How about you? Do you have your personal top seven natural wonders? What do you think sets these apart from other natural wonders? Any travel recommendations?

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About the Author

I'm Lily Evans and I’m here to share with you pieces of travel advice, as well as handy tips and tricks, which I have accumulated over years of travelling and exploring the globe.