Don’t think my neighbours would mind…right?
Lonely Planet has decided that they do not agree with the New7Wonders, as many controversies have come from this voting competition. Instead, they chose the following, of which 4 were the same (Amazon, Iguazu Falls, Komodo, and Puerto Princesa Underground River):
Photograph: Judy Bellah
South America’s gushing spectacle washes away the competition as Lonely Planet readers’ top natural wonder. From the dizzying walkways to the spray from Devil’s Throat, the sight of this colossal waterfall is seared into traveller’s brains.
Photograph: Mark Newman
The rocky wonder favoured by the New7Wonders list was Table Mountain, but the Grand Canyon, with its vermillion cliffs and river-carved rock faces, takes the number two spot among Lonely Planet readers.
Photograph: Kraig Leeb
Teeming mangrove swamps and basking lizards hurtled Indonesia’s Komodo National Park into third place.
Photograph: John Borthwick
Finally, something we can all agree on. The rich jungles of the Amazon’s river basin are big hitters for Lonely Planet readers, as well as New7Wonders and the G Adventures bloggers. Check out our tips for Amazon riverboat trips.
Photograph: Leonard Zell
Another firm favourite, this azure expanse of Queensland coastline is a magnet to snorkellers, scuba divers and beach hoppers.
Photograph: Tom Cockrem
This subterrannean river captured your imaginations, but it seems the whole country is dear to your hearts. Our survey showed an incredible 8 destinations from the Philippines were put forward, from the Banaue Rice Terraces to the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.
Photograph: Richard l’Anson
The second Aussie highlight on our top 7, the sacred site of Uluru remains an unmissable icon for Lonely Planet readers.
So the Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef and Uluru are the wonders that Lonely Planet decided to use to replace Halong Bay, Jeju Island, and Table Mountains. Hmmm….I love them all, so just take me to all of them for me to decide on my own!!
I am in parent teacher interviews at my school right now, and am enjoying a quick break.
Now to think of where I shall daydream about for the brief moment I have…
As a teacher of Geography, I just spun the globe in my classroom and my finger landed upon Brazil.
I just knew that method would work, as I thought about what my fantasy destination would be this week. Is there any place I would not like to go? Well, perhaps the middle of the ocean, but luckily that didn’t happen.
What would I do in Brazil if I were there right now (Thanks justbrazil.org for the recommendations!)?
Amazonia National Park
Covering an impressive 7 of Brazil’s 27 states, “The Green Inferno” covers almost 40 per cent of Brazil’s total landmass. Although parts of the Amazon cover countries bordering Brazil (notably Bolivia, Colombia, Guiana and Peru), it is to Brazil that most tourist come if they want to take in the splendors of this most magnificent natural wonder. Things to do in the Amazon include bird watching, trekking/hiking, climbing and taking boat journeys along the river. Without doubt, a tour to Brazil is incomplete without a trip to the Amazon.
Iguassu Falls or Iguaçu Falls
Sometimes described as being one of the 7 natural Wonders of the World; in fact, Iguassu Falls are neither the widest waterfall in the world, nor are they the tallest. However, what it lacks in width and height it makes up for elsewhere. On the Parana River, the falls act as a natural border to the countries of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and compose of 275 cataracts in total. Best time of year to see the Iguacu Falls is between October and December and as this is such a magnificent sight, it is highly recommended that you make arrangements to stay at least one night here before moving on to your next destination!
Considered one of the world’s great wildlife reserves, any tour to the Pantanal needs to be carefully planned as the area is not ideally suited to the tourist – with little infrastructure in place. However, don’t let this stop you from making arrangements to visit the Pantanal as this is truly a splendid place. Fishermen will also be attracted to the Pantanal as it has some of the best fishing in South America. But, it is for the birds that most visitors come to the Pantanal and bird watching here is truly amazing!
Formerly Brazil’s colonial capital city, the city of Salvador is located on the Bay of All Saints. Visitors to this wonderful city can revel in walking the narrow cobblestone streets that have changed little since the days when the city served as the slave center of Brazil.
Located right in heart of the Amazonian Basin, Manaus is a popular destination for tourists looking for excursions into the exotic heartland of the Amazon
For centuries, civilization did not portrude into Brazil far from the coastline. The vast majority of the population was there, trade was there, cities were there. It has always been a dream of the Brazilian government to move the capital inland – thereby gaining more control of the vast interior of the country.
There is one word that sums up Sao Paulo – “BIG”! The city is not only the most populous in all Brazil, but as the commercial center of Brazil it also contains some of the biggest skyscrapers in the country. However, visitors to Sao Paulo should not be mistaken into believing that Sao Paulo is all work and no play, once the sun has set Sao Paulo likes to party at some of the trendiest pubs and clubs in all of Brazil – some argue that Sao Paulo’s clubs are more in-tune with western and modern styles than Rio!
Located on the Gold Coast of Brazil (northeastern Brazil), Recife is a famous tourist destination for the package tourist. Recife is also well known for the number of canals and bridges that criss-cross this city. The city also has a number of good museums and churches. However, no visit to Recife is complete without a visit to the town’s old prison – to make your visit there more interesting, it’s now a shopping complex!
Named after Louis XIII (of France), Sao Luis is considered one of Brazil’s most beautiful cities. The city’s architecture is very colonial – it was founded by a French pirate -with magnificent churches and palaces. Sao Luis is nothing short of charming and delightful fusion of all the cultures of Brazil – African, indigenous and Portuguese. This beautiful little town is well worth going out of your way to visit.