Built on four continents, most by ancient and medieval empires, the 7 Wonders of the New World are architecture marvels that must be seen to be believed. Lucky for you, aboard Azamara you can experience each and every one of these incredible landmarks. The only question is: which one will you visit first?
In addition to being one of the 7 Wonders of the New World, Peru’s Machu Picchu is a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a must-see ancient city.
This 15th century Incan Citadel, located 7,970 feet above sea level on a mountain ridge, is widely believed to have been built around 1450 for the Incan Emperor Pachacuti. Built in the classical Inca style with polished dry-stone walls, this complex of plazas, temples, and terraces is comprised of three primary structures: Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows.
While Machu Picchu was abandoned by the Incas at the time of the Spanish conquest and virtually forgotten about until the 20th century, it is now the best-known archeological site in South America. And you can experience its history and grandeur with one of Azamara’s pre- or post-voyage packages.
Petra, also known as the ‘Rose City’, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. Its nickname comes from the color of the stone out of which most of the city is carved and is famous not only for its architecture but for its ancient and sophisticated water collection system too.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, Petra was established as early as 312 B.C. and served as the capital city of the Nabataean Kingdom. The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs responsible for making Petra a major regional trading hub. Though it’s no longer a hustling and bustling place of commerce, this awe-inspiring city is just a short drive from Azamara’s port in Aqaba, Jordan and is yours to discover.
Christ the Redeemer
Looking for a way to work off a huge meal from one of Brazil’s famous Churrascaria rodizios (a restaurant that serves unlimited meat)? Make your way to the peak of the 2300 ft Corcovado mountain for the most stunning view of Rio de Janeiro, where you’ll see the iconic Christ the Redeemer.
This art deco statue of Jesus Christ was constructed between 1922 and 1931 and has served as a cultural icon of Brazil ever since. Concerned about the trek to the top? Fear not! From the train station, there are escalators and elevators that can transport you almost all the way up. For an extra special experience, be sure to visit at sunset and take in the views of Rio, Copacabana, and Ipanema.
Chichén Itza (El Castillo)
A visit to Cozumel, Mexico, brings the opportunity to visit Chichén Itza—one of the largest and most famous Mayan cities. The most recognizable structure of Chichén Itza is El Castillo (also known as the Temple of Kukulkan)—an AzAmazing Mesoamerican Step Pyramid. Built by the Mayans, this pyramid features many characteristics that demonstrate the accuracy and importance of astronomy to the ancient civilization.
As just one of the Mayans’ many scientific accomplishments includes developing the 365-day calendar, the four-sided pyramid has 365 steps (91 per side along with the top platform) representing each day of the year. If you think that’s impressive, be sure to visit during either the Spring or Fall equinox! The shadows caused by the sun at these times of year create the illusion of a serpent slithering down the staircase. If you want to impress with some insider knowledge, clap once outside of the Pyramid to create an echo that resembles the serpent’s chirp.
The best way to enjoy the ruins of El Castillo and Chichén Itza? With our Explore Local, View Global Chichén Itza Mayan Ruins Shore Excursion!
Perhaps the best known Ancient Roman monument, The Colosseum in Rome was the arena of games and gladiators. The largest structure of its kind ever built, it was capable of seating 50,000 spectators. While it’s no longer a place to watch bloody battles and rub elbows with Roman emperors, you’re sure to be amazed at the sheer majesty of this not-to-be-missed landmark.
Want to make the most of your time in Rome during your Azamara voyage? Explore the Colosseum and other sites around Rome on a shore excursion! A few of our favorites include the Glories of Gladiators and the St. Peters Basilica and Colosseum Shore Excursion.
Need more inspiration for your trip to Rome? Check out our blog about How to Spend 36 Hours in Rome!
This incredible monument took 22 years, 22,000 laborers, and 1,000 elephants to raise. Commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 to house the tomb of his wife, this marble mausoleum attracts up to 8 million visitors per year!
This masterpiece perfectly encapsulates Muslim art in India, and as such, was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to marvel at the sheer scale and beauty of this Indian icon. No visit to India is complete without taking it in, and with Azamara’s four-day excursion from Goa to Agra, you get to do it in a more authentic way.
Great Wall of China
Though it’s a myth that this fortification can be viewed from outer space, the Great Wall is not to be missed on your Azamara voyage to China! The entire wall stretches 13,171 miles and is considered to be one of the most amazing accomplishments in architectural history.
The 2300-year-old Great Wall served as a mode of border control, a method of defense, and a transportation corridor and can best be explored with Azamara from the Beijing port of call. While you’re there, take note of how few weeds grow between the ancient bricks. Sticky rice flour was used to bind the bricks so tightly together that they are impenetrable by plants. Be sure to pack good walking shoes, comfortable clothes, and some water. This site is worthy of several hours of your time!
Feeling inspired to start checking the 7 Wonders of the New World off your travel bucket list? All you have to do is come aboard!