In Search of the New Seven Wonders of the World: Pyramids & Chichen Itza

January 19, 2010 by  

In the summer of 2007, more than 90 million people cast their votes to determine which architectural marvels in the world deserved to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. There were a total of twenty-one landmarks vying for that title.


Of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, only the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt still stand. The pyramids were given an automatic spot after infuriated Egyptian officials said it was a disgrace to have to compete for something that had belonged to their country for so long. I agree!

View of Chichen Itza

1st New Wonder - Chichen Itza

In January, 2007, we made it to Giza to see the Pyramids, and then we cruised down the Nile for five days seeing more incredible tombs and temples. We then boarded another ship on Lake Nasser for three days and ended up in Abu Simbel. (If you want more details on our trips scroll down or type in the search bar on the top right)

It was our most favorite vacation up until Antarctica in 2009. We found out we like adventure in our vacations. In the six years we have been together we have been to all seven continents. We have lots of adventures planned for the next several years.

It is our goal to see twenty of the twenty-one landmarks. We decided that Timbuktu (once one of the world’s richest cities, in Mali, Africa) isn’t one we care to venture to. But hey, that may change!

Another Part  of the Ancient City

Another Part of the Ancient City

Also, Chris and I have collectively seen a lot of the twenty, however, not together. So the rule is, we go back and see all of them together!

Very Steep Steps

Very Steep Steps

In 2005, on a trip to Cozumel and Cancun we spent a very long, cramped day on a bus getting to the Chichen Itza Pyramid. And it was worth it! It is an ancient Mayan city on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. And you thought all Mexico had to offer was beer, margaritas and sandy beaches!