Guide To Natural Wonders Of The World
Some of the most breathtaking views on this Earth are nature’s gift to us. Human-made sites don’t compare and can’t evoke the same reaction one has while viewing some of the most beautiful natural scenery on this stunning planet where we live. It is impossible to know all the world’s natural beauties, but seven natural wonders are world-renowned. This list was compiled by CNN and the Seven Natural Wonders Organization. The seven natural phenomena should be on your travel bucket list as seeing these natural beauties of the world is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Check out our ultimate guide to the seven natural wonders of the world.
1. Mount Everest
Located in the Himalayas, the highest mountain perched above sea level is Mount Everest. Its elevation is measured at 8,846.86 m. Many experienced climbers and mountaineers dream of climbing and reaching the Everest Summit.
When to Visit: The most popular months for trekking in this region are March, April, May, October, and November, as the temperature is reasonable, with clear blue skies and very little chance of rain and snowfall.
How to get there: Take a flight to Kathmandu and make your way to the Everest Base Camp with a trekking company. Tourists who do not wish to trek can schedule a flight to catch an aerial view of one of the world’s natural wonders or book a lodge with a view of the Himalayas.
Did you know? Although Mount Everest is the highest mountain above sea level, it is not the tallest. Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world.
2. The Grand Canyon
One of the world’s seven natural wonders includes the Grand Canyon, carved by the copper-coloured Colorado River. The layered bands of red rocks record billions of years of geological history.
When to Visit: The best months to visit the Grand Canyon are from March-May and September-November when daytime temperatures are excellent, and since it is not peak season (summer), there aren’t hordes of tourists around.
How to get there: Most tourists making their way to the Grand Canyon fly into Las Vegas or Phoenix and rent a car. Since public transit is very limited in this part of the US, renting a car is necessary.
Did you know? About 1,000 caves tucked within this natural wonder of the world, and out of those, only 335 have been recorded. Only one cave is open to the public- the Cave of the Domes on Horseshoe Mesa.
3. Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is the largest waterfalls in the world due to its width of 1,708 m. People who live around the falls call it ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, which means “smoke that thunders”.
When to Visit: The best time to visit this spectacular natural wonder of the world is from February to May, after the region’s summer rains have taken place, as the most significant volume of water flows during this period.
How to get there: You can opt to fly directly to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or fly into Livingstone in Zambia or Maun in Botswana.
Did you know? At Victoria Falls, tourists can view stunningly beautiful rainbows at night called moonbows. These lunar rainbows are pretty rare and only occur regularly in a few places around the world. They appear when moonlight illuminates falling water drops in the atmosphere.
4. Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis is one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world. These breathtaking lights are the result of disturbances in the magnetospheres caused by the solar wind. These are predominantly seen in high-latitude regions.
When to Visit: There are a few places where you can spot the most beautiful natural scenery that occurs on Earth. For instance, if you are in Iceland, the best time to see the Northern lights would be between August and April and from Norway, September to late March would be the ideal time.
How to get there: There are many places like Iceland and Norway from where you can witness this stunning natural phenomenon.
Did you know? It is a lesser-known fact that there is a southern aurora that occurs in the southern hemisphere. However, its northern counterpart is more popular.
Paricutin is a unique volcano located in Mexico. It is one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world with a unique origin story. The volcano surged out of nowhere from the cornfield of a local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943 and since then has been on the radar of scientific folk and tourists alike.
When to Visit: The ideal time to visit this unique volcano is from October to April, and it is best to avoid this spot during the rainy season.
How to get there: Make your way to this unique natural wonder of the world by flying to Mexico City and travelling to Anguhuan.
Did you know? Paricutin is the youngest volcano in the Western Hemisphere, and many people witnessed its birth.
6. Harbour of Rio de Janeiro
Image: Alt (Harbour of Rio de Janeiro – Live More Zone)
The Harbour of Rio de Janeiro is classified as one of the natural wonders of the world. It is the largest harbour in the world based on the volume of water. The natural port is home to over 130 islands and some of the world’s most famous beaches , including the much-loved Copacabana.
When to Visit: The ideal period to visit is from September to October.
How to get there: This is an easily accessible natural wonder of the world. All you got to do is fly into Rio de Janeiro.
Did you know? Rio de Janeiro harbour has a varied marine life, but this has suffered from pollution and mismanagement of sewage and natural resources.
7. Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef is one of the most extensive coral reef systems comprising countless individual reefs and 900 islands located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is home to a unique range of ecological communities, habitats and species, making it one of the most complex natural ecosystems on our planet.
Visit: The best time to visit one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world is June to October.
How to get there: International flights fly directly to Cairns Airport, and from there, one can choose one of the many tours to the Great Barrier Reef
Did you know? It is the only place on earth where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet. The reef hugs the coastline of the breath-taking wet tropics, which is the oldest rainforest on earth.
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