Israel J. Ruiz
The Colca Canyon, a canyon in southern Peru twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States (although its walls are not as steep), is among the top ten in the list of favorite nominees for the New 7 Wonders of Nature contest.
Of the sixteen places Peru has proposed to have nominated as on of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, five have had the most success so far.
Ranked in the top 77, the Colca Canyon (10), Lomas de Lachay National Park (16), Lake Titicaca (18), Machu Picchu Ecological Reserve (26) and Alpamayo Mountain Peak(76) have received the most recognition up until now.
The Amazon River, a nomination shared by Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela has had the most success.
It is currently ranked number four among the world nominees.
People can vote until December 31, 2008. The New 7 Wonders panel of experts will then form a shortlist of 21 candidates, which will be announced in January 2009.
Voting will then continue through 2009 and 2010 and in the summer of 2010 the New 7 Wonders of Nature will be officially declared.
Votes can log onto www.new7wonders.com to vote.