We are all aware of the seven wonders of the ancient world, but since then, we’ve discovered and learned about many more spectacular sights. Let us introduce to the lesser known wonders of the world and you may just want to make your next trip to one of these places.
Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines
Covering over 4,000 square miles and an altitude of 1524m in the mountains of Ifugao you will find what locals call the eighth wonder of the world; magnificent rice fields in the form of layers, which were made by hand to become an unintentionally beautiful sight. These terrace fields were curved around the mountainous surface by admired farmers some 2000 years ago. The locals maintain them to this day for planting crops, and it is widely believed that if all the terraces could be lined up end to end, the resulting line would completely encircle the globe.
It is an ancient city located in the Mandalay region of Burma or Myanmar. This place has been called by various names as it has been the ancient capital of several Burmese kingdoms. The most impressive way to experience the city in all its ancient glory is by taking a hot air balloon ride.
Stone Forest, Madagascar
Madagascar’s Forest of Knives dates back to the Jurassic age and while their razor sharp limestone formations make it too dangerous to admire up close, this forest is without doubt a wonderful location. This natural cathedral once sheltered Madagascar’s first inhabitants; the remnants of their presence can be found hidden in the crevices below. Beyond the maze-like tsingy, the park houses 90 species of birds and 11 species of rare lemurs. The 666 square km area is a natural barrier to keep mankind away from the animals and plants on the other side of the rocks, leaving this part of the world an untouched beauty to view from a distance.
Tower of Hercules, Spain
This ancient Roman lighthouse is 55m high, overlooking the north Atlantic coast of Spain. Going back 1900 years to when it was first built, the tower has been maintained and restored since to this day. The tower is the oldest Roman building acting as a fully functioning lighthouse in the world.
Nestled in eastern Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, the well-preserved ancient site of Baalbek was settled some 9,000 years ago, it was used primarily as a religious site and the ruins today include one of the largest temples of the Roman Empire in Lebanon devoted to Bacchus, a Roman god.
These are some of the world’s most underrated wonders. By all means, their lesser known status does not indicate they are any less wondrous. Also, make sure that you have travel insurance while planning a trip to these, as it can come handy in more ways than one.