Thursday, October 27, 2011

The World’s Newest Seven Wonders

Despite what goes on in the world, nature is one way to bring us all together. Beyond our control, and all around us, it can be awe-inspiring to look at the world through appreciative eyes, and not take for granted the immense beauty of our planet. Every so often, it becomes time to choose new natural wonders to focus on. 28 different locales across the globe are competing for one of seven spots. The first contest of natural wonders happened in 2007, and it brought votes from more than 100 million people worldwide.

Among the contestants are Angel Falls, Venezuela, which is the world’s tallest waterfall, which cascades 19 times above Niagra Falls. Germany’s Black Forest, Azerbaijan’s Mud Volcanoes, Halong Bay of Vietnam, Iguazu Falls of Brazil and Argentina, Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, the Maldives Islands, the Jeita Grotto of Lebanon, and Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest are just a sliver of the distinctive natural landscapes vying for a spot on the revered seven. Well-known, somewhat obvious contestants include the Grand Canyon, the Dead Sea, Australia’s Aboriginal sacred monolith, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos Islands, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Of course, this is not a complete list, but I am sure you get the picture on the majesty of these places.

Once the list is chosen, you can be sure that travel will definitely increase to the selected locales. If you are planning on making a trip that will be rich in both natural exploration and culturally enriching, finding a great, luxurious hotel should not be a problem. With all of the great perks, you can be sure to find a great deal as well. If you plan on visiting the Grand Canyon, staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas is a great option for both fun and location. In Tanzania, Singita Grumeti Reserves will provide a posh, relaxing atmosphere as you explore the surrounding wilderness. Hotel das Cataratas in Brazil provides the most sumptuous stay near the legendary Iguazu Falls. In Vietnam, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has had more than 100 years of excellent service and luxury. Munich’s Rocco Forte Charles Hotel is a fantastic place to stay if you are going to be venturing into the Black Forest regions, offering a great location as well as comfort.

The natural wonders of the world offer so much to us, and no matter which destinations get chosen, it is important to remember how necessary all of the earth’s resources are. And there is no better way to appreciate them than to visit!

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