Why are these sites not classified as a natural wonder of the world?

Aug 10, 2022

5 min read

You're probably very familiar with the 7 wonders of the world.

They include:

  • Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Temple of Artemis
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria

There have also been a lot of other lists created, including 7 Natural Wonders of the World and the New seven wonders of the world.  This list was created by counting the votes of 100 million people.

The new list of world wonders includes:

  • Great Wall of China
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Machu Picchu
  • Chichen Itza
  • Roman Colosseum
  • Taj Mahal
  • Petra Jordan

The 7 Natural Wonders of the world are:

  • Northern Lights
  • Harbor Rio de Janeiro
  • Grand Canyon
  • Great barrier reef
  • Mount Everest
  • Parícutin
  • Victoria Falls


These are some of the fantastic and unimaginably beautiful sites globally but it's safe to say these lists do not contain all the magical places our world offers. You’ll find almost unlimited incredible destinations and sights scattered across the globe. The question is, what do you consider the great wonders of the world?

Next, let me share my favorite destinations, and you can decide.

Angel Falls – Jungle of Venezuela


Angel falls is characterized as the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world.  The waterfall is 979 m tall.  It is named after the USA aviator, Jimmy Angel.  Interestingly the indigenous name of the waterfall means ‘devils mouth.’

The forest offers many varieties of wildlife, including monkeys, poison-arrow frogs, jaguars, puma, etc.  You can also find a variety of orchid species.


The falls are located within Canaima National Park.  Most of the park is covered with beautiful table mountain formations, arching waterfalls, and spectacular cliffs.

It is not easily accessible due to the lack of roads. You will need to trek to the waterfall. Nonetheless, the view makes the difficult trek worth it.

Crystal Caves – Island of Bermuda


The Crystal Cave is a unique and dramatic cave system formed millions of years ago.  Thousands of dramatic stalactite and stalagmite formations can be observed in the cave.  Crystal clear turquoise waters can be observed in the cave.  Interestingly the pool of water is 17m deep.


Inside the cave, a floating bridge was built.  Walking over this bridge can be pretty daring as it rises and falls with the sea's tide.

The Cave was discovered in 1907 when 2 young boys were trying to retrieve their lost ball.  Their ball dropped into a hole. As the kid crept deeper into the hole to retrieve his ball, he realized it was a magnificent scene awaiting at the bottom.

A separate entrance was created for visitors to observe the stunning cave.

Fox Glacier – New Zealand


Found in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, it is considered one of the most accessible glaciers for tourists.

There are multiple ways of experiencing this fantastic glazier firsthand.  For people who are happy getting about 500m from the glacier terminal face, a one-hour loop trail takes you through spectacular forest and glacier views.

For the people wanting to experience the glacier in its full glory, it is recommended to take a guided tour.  These tour guides will provide you with all the necessary hiking equipment and transport you to the top of the glacier by helicopter.

Doing this ice expedition does not require ice trekking expertise.  Trekking on ice just requires care and a slower pace.

Fox Glacier is one of the few glaciers that can survive in mild weather.


Zhangjiajie – China


Zhangjiajie is like a real-life Avatar scene.  Found in China's Hunan province, there are thousands of towering quartzite sandstone columns.  Some of these columns are over 200 m tall.

Someone seeking to experience nature in all its beauty and tranquility will love this place.

There are 3 attractions not to be missed within the forest park:

  • Heavens Gate Mountain

Heaven Gate is a beautiful large hole corroded between two peaks.  To reach this beautiful landmark, you have to climb the 999 stairs.

  • Coiled Dragon Cliff – Skywalk

This terrifying yet fantastic experience consists of a crystal transparent bridge suspended over the cliffs.


Interestingly, it is easier to walk over the bridge on foggy days as you can not see anything below. The altitude is about 1400 m.

  • Tianmen Shan Cable Car

The cable car is the longest in the world.  For 28 minutes, you will be bombarded by spectacular views.  You will also have a spectacular view of Heaven's Gate while riding.

Cliffs of Moher – Ireland

The fantastic cliffs offer a superb view of the Atlantic ocean.  The cliffs span about 14 km, with the highest point being about 214m above the ocean.


The cliff edge is practically vertical and abrupt.


Nothing compares to the magnificent view and sunset you can experience at Moher Cliffs.

With a dramatic landscape like that, it's no surprise that a dramatic folklore story can be linked.  The story goes that a fisherman once spotted a mermaid and started a conversation with her.  Once close, he snatched her magical mantle and quickly ran home.  The mermaid, unable to return to sea without her veil, followed the man home.  Promised that the mantle would be returned if she married the fisherman, the mermaid went through with it. They also had 2 children.  One day when the fisherman was away, the mermaid found her cloak and swiftly returned. She never returned to her husband or kids.

Travel Requirements for each Wonder:

In a world where travel restrictions and requirements are forever changing, I highly recommend checking the travel requirements for each wonder before planning your next great adventure. Remember, if you need a visa, Atlys is the only way to get one effortlessly!

These are only a handful of amazing wonders the world has to offer. 

But why have they not considered these wonders of the world?  If you are an avid nature lover, our list could be expanded to 100 wonders of the world.  Most of these wonders are not well-known places and have not made it on the list of world wonders. How lucky are we that the world's actual list of wonders is far more than 7 sites?

Written By: Shannon Reeler
Fact Checked By: Richard Nathan

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