If you were asked to name some of the Wonders of the World, you would probably think about the Pyramids of Egypt and the Great Wall of China. But there are more wonders than what you have grown up knowing as the Wonders of the World.
There are certain features and certain places that are truly magnificent and fits well the definition of a world wonder, only that nobody talks about them and as such, not so many people know about their existence. If you are an avid traveler, then it is time you go for passport renewal and get ready to explore some of the ancient wonders of the world you may have never known to exist. Here is a brief look at some of them-:
Pamukkale Thermal Pools in Turkey
A visit to the Pamukkale thermal pools will give you a new definition of infinity pools in the world. For most cases, infinity pools are constructed by men, but how about lazing around in one designed and constructed by Mother Nature? This is exactly what you find at the chalk cliffs located in Pamukkale. The pools are as a result of high concentration of calcium from the mountain springs and the entire region is nothing but steaming hot tubs of water with high mineral concentration. A tourist enjoys visiting this place and taking a deep in the pools for their supposed health benefits.
St Paul’s Underground Cave in the Philippines
St. Paul’s Underground Cave in the Palawan River is another world wonder you will not hear many people talk about, but one which would be a reason enough for you to go for passport renewal and head over to the Philippines to marvel at its beauty. The cave is found in Puerto Princessa National Park which, already, is a magnificent tourist attraction appealing to the adventurous lot. The cave is about 50 miles long and it is the only route to the Cabayugan River. What you find in this cave is a characteristic clear green water with the wall being composed of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
Chan-Chan in Peru
The beauty of Chan-Chan in Peru comes from the fact that it is ornately carved from Adobe. Before the Spanish migration into the region, Chan-Chan used to be the largest city in South America and it was constructed around 850 AD. The city was the dwelling place of the Chimor until its conquest by the Indians after about 600 years. Still visible are the carved adobe structures which are very pleasant to the eyes and reason enough to take a trip and tour this ancient world wonder.
Lake Retba in Cap Vert, Senegal
Have you ever imagined swimming in a bright salmon pink lake? This is exactly what you find at the Lake Retba in Senegal. The water gets is pink coloration from the pigments released by a certain type of native algae, which then reacts to sunlight and heat to give the distinctive color. During the dry seasons, the lake has very high salt content, sometimes as high as 40%, though it still remains perfectly safe for those who would like to swim. The locals around harvest salt from the lake a means of survival and before they expose their skins to the saline conditions, they cover themselves with shea butter to avoid direct contact with the salty waters. A visit to this place will leave no doubt in your mind that it qualifies as an ancient world wonder.
Nan Madol, in Micronesia Islands
Nan Madol in Micronesia Islands is another ancient world wonder you won’t hear a lot of lips mention. It is generally a hugely uninhabited city with several man-made basalt islets separating the plethora of canals. The island is about 3600km from the Philippines to the east and right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Due to such a hidden location, it is one of the few hidden treasures, with very little information about the type or nature of civilization there. Historians can only come up with theories about the place, but it could be a long time before the world finally knows the exact truth about the island, the people who lived there and what might have happened to them.
Mud Volcanoes in Gobustan, Azerbaijan
Going for a mud bath in the spa may a common thing to some of you, but have you ever imagined about trying the same in a natural setup? If so, then the place you should go to is in the mud volcanoes in Gobustan. In this place, you find warm and rejuvenating pools of mud that results from natural volcanic activities and is one of the main attractions responsible for bringing in visitors from far away countries who come to just soak themselves in the mud. If it is your first time, you can bet it will be one of the most memorable moments you will have in any ancient world wonder.
The Luray Caverns in Virginia
The Luray Caverns in Virginia is the home to the world’s largest musical instrument known as the Great Stalacpipe Organ. Every key on this instrument is carefully using a rubber mallet to a stalactite and every time every key is pressed, the mallet hits the stalactite to produce very beautiful sounds like those produced by bells. There are other eye-catching attractions at the Luray Caverns, including the Saracen’s Tent which is thought to be one of the best-formed drapers on earth.
Derinkuyu in Turkey
Derinkuyu is in Turkey and it is an ancient wonder very people know about. It is a mesmerizing city constructed at a depth of over 200 meters below the conventional city. It holds the record of being the largest caverns ever built by man, featuring almost everything you would find in an ancient city, including farming areas, schools, animal sheds, and churches. The city is carved out of soft volcanic rocks and when it was in use, it was the dwelling place of about 20, 000 inhabitants, together with their livestock. Though it was initially built as a temporary shelter, it has managed to survive through the years as a little-known world wonder.