If you’ve ever Googled photos of the seven wonders of the world, you’ll find serene and majestic shots — especially if you happen to find one where the sun is setting or rising.
However, if you’ve ever actually visited one, you know that there are often hordes of tourists and pure pandemonium.
That’s why we found alternatives to the “New Seven Wonders of the World.” These seven sites were chosen thanks to a contest put on by the New 7 Wonders Foundationin 2007 and include places like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, and the Colosseum.
While we think the wonders are still worth visiting, here are some other monuments to visit, sans crowds, while you’re in the country.
Instead of Christ the Redeemer, visit the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral.
Rio is a little hedonistic paradise so while you may want to give Christ a visit (plus the views on Corcovada are spectacular) you can atone more privately at the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral. The cathedral was designed by Edgar Fonseca in a modern style inspired by the style of Mayan pyramids.
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