New 7 Wonders – destinations on the overland trail
Can you name the 7 wonders of the Ancient World? While you may be able to name them, unfortunately fire, earthquakes and general pillaging have taken their toll on these ancient relics, and only one remains in recognisable form today: the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Fortunately, there is now a new list of 7 Wonders! And the great news…
Can you name the 7 wonders of the Ancient World? While you may be able to name them, unfortunately fire, earthquakes and general pillaging have taken their toll on these ancient relics, and only one remains in recognisable form today: the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Fortunately, there is now a new list of 7 Wonders! And the great news is that 5 of these are on current overland tour routes (and hopefully Jordan will one day soon return to being a top overland destination!).
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Built from 1922 to 1931, this 38m high statue sits on top of the Corcovado (“hunchback”) mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
No visit to Rio is complete without gazing up in awe at this iconic structure, and getting to the statue by taking cog train is part of the adventure!
Great Wall of China
Far from being one continuous wall, the Great Wall of China is actually a series of walls, trenches and fortifications that, in its heyday, stretched a total of over 21,000km across China.
If your overland tour travels through China, chances are you will get the opportunity to see at least one section of the wall, and maybe even camp along side part of this incredible structure.
Machu Picchu, Peru
The 15th century citadel of Machu Picchu is the most iconic relic of the Inca civilisation remaining today.
If your overland tour visits Cusco, then you will have the opportunity to see Machu Picchu. There are several different ways to visit this incredible destination – by walking the Inca Trail or one of the community based treks which are gaining in popularity, or, for those not so keen on a multi-day trek, by train. No matter how many photos you have seen of Machu Picchu, prepare to be wowed when you get to see it in person!
Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Where Machu Picchu is an iconic symbol of the Inca civilisation, Chichen Itza is one of the top sites remaining from the Mayan civilisation.
The Chichen Itza site covers a vast area of almost 5sqkm, with a wide range of architectural styles. The most recognisable of the buildings remaining is El Castillo (the castle), which stands around 30m high.
Taj Majal, Agra, India
Considered one of the world’s greatest monuments to love, the incredible Taj Mahal is an unforgettable site. Again, forget how many pictures you have seen of this iconic structure, seeing it in person is something very special.
Prior to the recent troubles since the Arab Spring, Petra used to be one of the highlights of Middle East overland tours, and we hope that in the future it will once again be a top destination on overland tours.
Roman Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Which brings us to the 7th and final site, the Colosseum in Rome. Overland travel to Rome is still very possible, although you are more likely to be on a train or bus than on an overland truck!