New Wonders of the World in Latin America

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Latin America is home to almost 50% of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Specifically, 3 of the 7 New Wonders of the World are located in Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. In 2007, some 100 millions people from around the world voted to determine the Seven New Wonders of the World. These 3 sites have become some of the most visited sites in all the Americas. How many have you visited?

In no particular order they are:

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Chichen Itza, Mexico

Set on the north central part of the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is a vast Mayan ruin with countless structures dating back to the first century. This formerly powerful city flourished from approximately 800 AD to 1200 AD  as a trading center for cloth, slaves, honey, and salt. It was also the political and economic hub of the Mayan civilization. One of the most familiar ruins is El Caracol, a sophisticated astronomical observatory popular with tourists from all over the planet.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Another city of old, this Incan city of sparkling granite is precariously perched at 2,430 meters (7,972 feet) between 2 towering Andean peeks. Built at the peak of the Incan Empire in the mid-1400s, scholars believe that it may have been a sacred archaeological center for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco. It was only inhabited less than 100 years before being abandoned. The site remained unknown except to locals until 1911 when it was rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham. There are no roads to Machu Picchu; you can only reach it by foot, train, or helicopter.

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Christ Redeemer, Brazil

During the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the statue of Christ the Redeemer was a frequent focus on TV during panoramic views overlooking the city. Standing at 39.6 meters (130 feet) tall, the statue is at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain. Completed in 1931, this art deco style statue took 5 years to build. Designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, the funds used to build the statue come mostly via donations. While you could hike up the mountain or take a van, my favorite way to go is the cog train!


In case you were wondering what are the other four Wonders, here they are: