Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the 'New 7 Wonders Of Nature' is an initiative that acknowledges spectacles around the world that were chosen as the most impressive natural wonders after more than 500 million votes were cast.
Visiting the official ‘Wonders of the World’ is a travel aspiration that many people have on their bucket lists, so if you’re looking for something a little more unique, why not head to a spectacle made not by hand?
Specialist adventurous travel providers Rainforest Cruises have rounded up their favorite natural ‘wonders’ that Americans can visit right now, helping people to tick off some of the top-rated destinations and enjoy unique travel experiences to some of the most stunning places on the planet.
It’s quite unsurprising that the Amazon River won a spot on the outstanding natural wonders list, being the longest river not only in South America but also in the world according to some experts. And the best way to experience it is by taking a trip down a section of the river, which is something that Rainforest Cruises specialize in. Their wide range of tour options can all be customized with expert-led excursions into the forest to break up your time on the water and experience the incredible environment that makes this part of the world such a popular travel destination.
And if you want to make your trip to the Amazon really special, there’s also an ultra-high-end option of the 205-foot Aqua Nera vessel that lets you cruise along the river in total luxury, offering facilities such as a spa, cinema, gym and cocktail bar.
Komodo Island (pictured)
Next up on the list is Komodo Island in Indonesia, chosen for being home to the population of the largest lizards on earth, known as Komodo dragons. And now is a better time than ever to see them, after the species was added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species this September. Rising temperatures and sea levels caused by climate change are anticipated to diminish the Komodo dragon's habitat by at least 30% in the next 45 years, according to the report.
As part of the ‘Indonesia Wildlife Holiday’, travelers can experience the diverse range of species on the islands around the Komodo archipelago as well as other destinations like Borneo and Bali. An expert guide will lead you on a trek to spot the ancient species in their natural habitat, and you’ll also see plenty of other creatures in the forests and savannah as you walk. It is worth noting though, that Indonesia requires tourists to quarantine upon arrival so this is one to perhaps save until after the pandemic if you're not keen on a 10-day down-period at the start of your trip.
Ha Long Bay
As well as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, Hạ Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site too, gaining both of these accolades because of the thousands of limestone karsts and isles dotted around the area. And not only is Vietnam’s Quảng Ninh Province an incredibly geodiverse part of the world, but it is also very biodiverse which means you can enjoy the unique landscape of cliffs, caves and grottos as well as the wildlife that live in them.
Hạ Long Bay is a wonder that is enjoyed on cruises by all kinds of travelers, whether on a family holiday, an adventurous expedition or even on a ‘party boat’ for those looking to let their hair down. But for those looking for a more relaxing experience, the ‘Ylang’ cruise is a luxurious three-day tour that focuses on holistic wellness and offers daily Tai Chi lessons held at sunrise on the upper deck.
With regards to travel restrictions, Vietnam has outlined its plan to resume regular commercial flights from 1st January 2022 to nine selected cities around the world, including Los Angeles.
Iguazú Falls, which borders both Argentina and Brazil, made the official Wonders of Nature list for being the largest waterfall system in the world. And tourists can finally visit again after the area recently started welcoming back guests for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. It is the ideal place to enjoy remarkable wildlife alongside hundreds of cascading waterfalls in the South American rainforest.
There are a variety of different ways to experience Iguazú Falls, including on a helicopter ride that will allow you to experience the falls from above as well as boat rides taking you almost beneath them. You can also combine a trip with a visit to the vast Iberá Wetlands as part of the ‘Buenos Aires, Iberá & Iguazu Falls’ experience, which gives travellers a true taste of the diversity of Argentina.
Rainforest Cruises are specialists in exotic riverboat and small ship cruise packages across South America and South-East Asia. The company creates custom once-in-a-lifetime holiday packages, with a focus on adventure travel, and tours to four of the seven locations that make up the New 7 Wonders of Nature. More information about the tours can be found here > https://www.rainforestcruises.com/tours