The list with the 28 finalists for the new 7 wonders of nature has been announced. It includes two candidates with an important Brazilian input: the Iguazu Falls, shared with Argentina and the Amazon jungle, shared with Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.
It is, above all, a marketing drive to enrichen the pockets of the clever Swiss businessman behind the 7 new wonders initiative. All it does is help promote a series of places that, as a rule, are extremely well-known tourist destinations. In a way, it is a relief to know that fantastic Brazilian natural wonders – and widely unknown – like Fernando de Noronha or Lençóis Maranhenses will not suffer as a result of the overexposure caused by the contest.
There is plenty of outstanding nature in Brazil (and elsewhere, amazing and mind-blowing Patagonia is nowhere to be found among the 28 finalists!), do go beyond the 7 Wonders!