CondeNastTraveler, the famous travel magazine, published an article featuring the 7 Wonders of the World by Aaron Millar.
Wonders of the World of 2020
According to Aaron Millar: “Wonder is the nourishment of the soul. Humans are the only animals on earth who, to our knowledge, can be moved to tears by the beauty of the sunset, the magic of the stars at night, and can be astonished at the achievements of the past… ”.
Among the 7 Wonders introduced by CondeNastTraveler, Son Doong Cave (Vietnam) is ranked second with the description: “is the largest cave on the planet, which contains a rich underground forest with rare plants., Milky white insects and vines suspended around giant stalactites, stalagmites … “.
1. Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico
Mosquito Bay is the best place in the world to see one of nature’s most fascinating sites: bioluminescence. Located on the island of Vieques, off the east coast of the main island, the bay is inhabited by a type of plankton, called dinoflagellates. This breed emits a green light when excited. The Guinness World Record recorded the brightest bioluminescence for this creature at Mosquito Bay. We know that only 6 places on this planet have experienced the same phenomenon and this place is the brightest place.
2. Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Son Doong is the largest cave on the planet. Deep in the forests of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, the largest cave measures 600 feet high, 300 feet wide, and over 2.5 miles long (equivalent to 183 meters high, 91 meters wide, 2.3 kilometers long). A Boeing 747 can fly over it.
Due to the size of the cave, the cave has its own ecosystem. Clouds gathered around the caves like giant natural wells shining rays of light in the inner darkness. And where that light shines, life is born: a rich underground forest filled with rare plants, milky white insects and vines hanging around giant stalactites and stalagmites. There is even an army of apes, perhaps the only apes on the planet who see the ground as a home instead of trees.
Only a few tourists are allowed to explore Son Doong each year. What they saw was the landscape like nowhere else on Earth, a giant mysterious world hidden beneath the ground.
3. Metor Crater, Arizona (United States)
Barringer Crater is the best-preserved asteroid impact site on the planet. About 50,000 years ago, a 300,000-ton rock burned the atmosphere, hitting the earth 1,000 times more powerful than Hiroshima’s nuclear bomb. The ground melted instantly, leaving a hole 550 feet (about 160 meters) deep and nearly a kilometer in diameter that is still visible to this day.
When you see Barringer Crater with your own eyes, you love to see the moment of impact and feel the tremendous power it creates. Barringer was the first site to convincingly prove it was caused by an asteroid impact.
4. Marianna Abyss, Mariana Islands
The Marianna Abyss is the deepest of all the world’s oceans. At the lowest depth, called Challenger Deep has a depth of 35,787 feet (approximately 10,908 m). If you drop Mount Everest inside, the top won’t even rise above the sea surface. There are many miracles inside the Marianna, like strange creatures glowing in the dark, heat vents that may contain clues to the origin of life on Earth … Scuba diving tourism is on the rise. But with today’s technology, it’s not possible to explore deep in the valley.
5. Don Sheldon, Alaska
Overall, Don Sheldon forms the Circle Theater with jagged peaks surrounding Ruth Glacier. It is one of the most amazing landscapes in America. Located deep in Denali National Park, for many years it was inaccessible except for a few talented climbers. Now a new luxury guesthouse named Sheldon Chalet has been opened on a cliff in the middle. Named after legendary Alaskan pilot Don Sheldon – who found the job over 50 years ago.
6. International Space Station ISS
NASA has just announced its intention to authorize travel to the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is not just the largest and most complex machine ever designed to fly in space. November 2, 2020 will mark two decades of uninterrupted ISS. The ISS has been circling the Earth every 90 minutes, every day for the past 20 years. A trip to the ISS is expected to cost over a million dollars per passenger, but it could also be a life-changing opportunity by seeing firsthand the fragility and beauty of their planet.
7. Caracol, Belize
The ancient Mayans were a remarkable people. They don’t have advanced tools but have built vast rocky towns in the midst of one of the densest forests in the world … Located in the rainforests of western Belize, the site is only 30 meters tall. miles wide (about 50 km2). about 10 people visit per day. And perhaps the most authentic way to experience the mystery and magic of the ancient Mayans.
Caracol has thousands of ruins to explore, but the most impressive is Caana – a 143-foot pyramid where the King of Tollan lived. Climbing to the top of the tower is the same scene as it was over 1,500 years ago: no tourists, no souvenir stalls, only thick forests and stone pyramids in the distance visible to the naked eye.