Tag: Wonders Of The World

World Travel Watch: Machu Picchu Closed, Security Boosted in Goa and More*

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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Five Photos: Machu Picchu, Peru

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The fabled Inca site, from its dry stone walls and morning mist to its lofty crags

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Must I Get ‘Off the Beaten Path’ When I Travel?

Vagabonding traveler Rolf Potts answers your questions about travel and the world

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More Bad News for the Dead Sea?

More Bad News for the Dead Sea? Photo by amanderson2 via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Because of a marked decrease in water inflow from the Jordan River, the famous salt lake is shrinking so fast that some scientists believe that it could dry up in 50 years. But politics could also displace it from the list of the world’s top natural wonders, Reuters reports. The countries bordering the sea—Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan—must sign off for the Dead Sea to qualify for votes in 2010-2011 at the New Seven Wonders of Nature competition.

Seven Wonders of the Shrinking Planet

Chicago O'Hare Airport Photo by Idle Type, via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Jim Benning and Michael Yessis unveil World Hum's seven wonders: places, things and people that embody ways the planet is shrinking and cultures are colliding

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Petra Makes Push for Seven Wonders Status

Until last century, Petra was virtually off limits to non-Arab travelers. And in recent years, troubles in the Middle East have kept travelers away. But now that Petra has been shortlisted for the New Seven Wonders of the World list, the Jordanian government is making a push to show off the “rose red city half as old as time.” The BBC’s Jon Leyne reports that Petra “has probably not seen such a buzz of activity since civilised life ended there in the 8th century AD.”

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USA Today’s Seven New Wonders of the World

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The newspaper, along with “Good Morning America,” recently consulted six panelists, from an astrophysicist to travel writer Pico Iyer, to update the Seven Wonders of the World. The news organizations are now revealing the wonders—one each weekday—through Friday. Making the list are Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet (“they form a dramatic double act of spiritual power, architectural splendor and faith enduring against all odds”); Old City, Jerusalem (“for its central place in religious history and struggles for tolerance”); the Polar ice caps (“it is becoming increasingly clear that the mind-blowing expanses of frozen water at the top and bottom of Earth hold the key to the future of life as we know it”); and Hawaiian Marine Monument in the Pacific (“It is the largest protected area on the planet”). Today, the newspaper added the Internet to the list, and World Hum’s own Michael Yessis, who also happens to be an editor at USA Today, explained the unorthodox choice.

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