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João Aender Campos Cremasco Profile

I have been interested in WHS for some time now and my focus is to visit those in South America, though I usually travel overseas at least once a year. There's a scarce number of WHS in South America comparing to Europe, and some of them are quite difficult to reach, but most are really rewarding.
In Brazil I have already visited 18 out of the 19 inscribed sites. My goal is to visit them all.
Whenever I can, I will review South American WHS in this excellent website and I also review them in my own website (, in Portuguese language.

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Pampulha João Aender Campos Cremasco

Pampulha Architectural Ensemble is Brazil probably Brazil's next nomination for inscription in WHS list. Pampulha is the name of a upper-class suburb of Belo Horizonte city and was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, a famous architect (who died in 2012 at 104), also responsible for the construction of Brasilia (another WHS). The most famous elemento of Pampulha ensemble is Sao Francisco Church, a tiny temple by the lake shore, which is considered one of Niemeyer's early masterpieces and inspiration for many other buildings in the same style worldwide. I was there last weekend, in a sunny and relaxing Sunday afternoon.

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Discovery Coast João Aender Campos Cremasco

It was surprising to me to see this WHS hasn't been yet reviewed. Discovery Coast is by no means a difficult place to reach or uninteresting area to be looked down, all the way around. It is made up of several Atlantic Rainforest reserves, most of them close to Porto Seguro, a vibrant city (and with a famous carnival) that is also situated in the area where the first Portuguese colonizers arrived in Brazil (year 1500).

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Central Amazon Conservation Complex João Aender Campos Cremasco

During carnival this year, unlike most Brazilians, I opted not to party, but, instead, to reach Central Amazon Conservation Complex, the WHS Brazil dedicated to its largest bioma.

First stop is Manaus, a large 2-million people city situated in the heart of Amazon forest. After that, with a rental car one must drive 200 km (paved roads in good condition) to a town called Novo Airão, from where you can easily visit the Anavilhanas National Park (it is no longer an Ecological Station since 2008). Anavilhanas comprises an average of 400 river islands and islets, depending on the dry or wet season. All of them are located within the Rio Negro (Black River), the largest blackwater river in the world and one of the most important tributary rivers of Amazon River.

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Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis João Aender Campos Cremasco

Last weekend I visited the Brazilian part of this WHS, that is São Miguel das Missões. I had previously visited the Argentinian ruins of San Ignacio Miní, and these two sites are probably the best preserved of all inscribed Jesuit Missions of the Guarani ruins (the Paraguayan ones are a separate WHS).

The former São Miguel das Missões church has a remarkable façade and also a very interesting museum of guarani christian art, including a bell used when the mission was active.

There are some other ruins nearby, worth visiting, but only the São Miguel ruins were declared WHS in Brazil.

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São Luis João Aender Campos Cremasco

I was in São Luís, capital of the State of Maranhão, for a weekend last August. Most tourists don't spend much time in São Luís, rather go as soon as possible to the nearby Lençóis Maranhenses, a paradisiac complex of fresh water lagoons formed on the dunes.

Anyway, São Luís was the only city in Brazil founded by the French (hence named after the French King St.Louis IX), but very little of French heritage is left.

The main attractions are the Government Palace, some historic museums and the "tiled buildings", designed with the purpose of isolating their interior from the intense heat (the city is close to the Equator).

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Name: João Aender Campos Cremasco

Country: Brazil

Visited WHS: 224

Most Impressive: Machu Picchu, Petra, Jerusalem, Rome, Uluru, Los Glaciares, Great Barrier Reef, Igua�u/Iguaz�, Pen�nsula Vald�s

Proposal New WHS: Paraty, Chapada Diamantina and Jalap�o (Brazil)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 04.01.18


  1. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  4. Saltaire
  5. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  6. Guimarães
  7. Vienna
  8. Cerrado Protected Areas
  9. Masada
  10. Old City of Acre
  11. Aranjuez
  12. Alto Douro
  13. Kew Gardens
  14. White City of Tel-Aviv
  15. Rio de Janeiro
  16. Royal Exhibition Building
  17. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  18. Liverpool
  19. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  20. Bahá’i Holy Places
  21. Rideau Canal
  22. Preah Vihear Temple
  23. León Cathedral
  24. Ouro Preto
  25. Stari Grad Plain
  26. Kotor
  27. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  28. Caral-Supe
  29. São Francisco Square
  30. San Miguel de Allende
  31. Copan
  32. Stoclet House
  33. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  34. Australian Convict Sites
  35. Cidade Velha
  36. Tower of Hercules
  37. Heritage of Mercury
  38. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  39. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  40. Camino Real
  41. Bridgetown
  42. University of Coimbra
  43. Rabat
  44. Fujisan
  45. Bethlehem
  46. Los Glaciares
  47. Qhapaq Ñan
  48. Old City of Jerusalem
  49. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  50. Quirigua
  51. Pampulha
  52. Venetian Works of Defence
  53. Great Barrier Reef
  54. Sydney Opera House
  55. Medina of Fez
  56. Florence
  57. Olinda
  58. Quito
  59. Old Havana
  60. Nancy
  61. Vallée de Mai
  62. Belem
  63. Monastery of Batalha
  64. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  65. La Fortaleza
  66. Old City of Berne
  67. Abbey of St Gall
  68. Cuzco
  69. Machu Picchu
  70. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  71. Yellowstone
  72. Cartagena
  73. Vatican City
  74. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  75. Cologne Cathedral
  76. Anjar
  77. Baalbek
  78. Byblos
  79. Tyre
  80. Aachen Cathedral
  81. Québec
  82. Iguazu National Park
  83. Statue of Liberty
  84. Salvador de Bahia
  85. Segovia
  86. Cordoba
  87. Granada
  88. El Escurial
  89. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  90. Petra
  91. Medina of Marrakesh
  92. Congonhas
  93. Santiago de Compostela
  94. Avila
  95. Iguacu
  96. Istanbul
  97. Göreme NP
  98. Evora
  99. Chan Chan
  100. Trier
  101. Gondwana Rainforests
  102. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  103. Studley Royal Park
  104. Stonehenge
  105. Gwynedd Castles
  106. Toledo
  107. Salamanca
  108. Skocjan Caves
  109. Venice and its Lagoon
  110. Budapest
  111. Sian Ka'an
  112. Palenque
  113. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  114. Teotihuacan
  115. Puebla
  116. Blenheim Palace
  117. Westminster
  118. City of Bath
  119. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  120. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  121. Brasilia
  122. Uluru
  123. Guanajuato
  124. Chichen-Itza
  125. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  126. Tower of London
  127. Strasbourg
  128. Canterbury
  129. Lima
  130. Monastery of Alcobaça
  131. Victoria Falls
  132. Santo Domingo
  133. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  134. Potsdam
  135. St. Petersburg
  136. Vilnius
  137. San Gimignano
  138. Tiwanaku
  139. Sukhothai
  140. Ayutthaya
  141. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  142. Dong Phayayen
  143. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  144. Novgorod
  145. Serra da Capivara
  146. Ruins of León Viejo
  147. Prague
  148. Fraser Island
  149. Tikal National Park
  150. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  151. Antigua Guatemala
  152. Horyu-ji Area
  153. Himeji-jo
  154. Angkor
  155. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  156. Joya de Ceren
  157. Ancient Kyoto
  158. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  159. City of Luxembourg
  160. Popocatepetl monasteries
  161. Rapa Nui
  162. Siena
  163. Sintra
  164. Edinburgh
  165. Kutna Hora
  166. Colonia del Sacramento
  167. Oporto
  168. Belize Barrier Reef
  169. Genbaku Dome
  170. Itsukushima Shrine
  171. Independence Hall
  172. Schönbrunn
  173. Panamá
  174. Querétaro
  175. Meknes
  176. Maritime Greenwich
  177. Trogir
  178. Willemstad
  179. São Luis
  180. Tallinn
  181. Pompei
  182. Versailles
  183. Volubilis
  184. Viñales Valley
  185. Qadisha Valley
  186. Riga
  187. Flemish Béguinages
  188. The Four Lifts
  189. Grand Place, Brussels
  190. Pyramids (Memphis)
  191. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  192. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  193. Ancient Thebes
  194. Ancient Nara
  195. Alcala de Henares
  196. Nubian Monuments
  197. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  198. Historic Cairo
  199. Diamantina
  200. Discovery Coast
  201. Atlantic Forest South-East
  202. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  203. Rome
  204. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  205. Nikko
  206. Greater Blue Mountains
  207. Peninsula Valdes
  208. Xochicalco
  209. Paramaribo
  210. Belfries
  211. Mostar
  212. Dubrovnik
  213. Valparaiso
  214. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  215. Split
  216. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  217. Churches of Chiloé
  218. Plitvice Lakes
  219. St. George, Bermuda
  220. Roman Walls of Lugo
  221. Goias
  222. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  223. Brugge
  224. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  1. Amazonia Theaters (T)
  2. Anavilhanas Ecological Station (T)
  3. Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (T)
  4. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  5. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  6. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  7. Bet She'an (T)
  8. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  9. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  10. Camp de concentration de Tarrafal (T)
  11. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  12. Central Park (T)
  13. Centre historique de Praia (T)
  14. Centre Historique de Saida (T)
  15. Centre historique de São Filipe (T)
  16. Chalchuapa (T)
  17. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  18. Chobe Linyanti System (T)
  19. City of Granada and its natural environment (T)
  20. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  21. Cultural Itinerary of Ecuador's Trans-Andean Train (T)
  22. Cultural Landscape of Paranapiacaba: Village and railway systems in the Serra do Mar Mountain Range, São Paulo (T)
  23. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  24. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  25. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  26. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  27. Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape (T)
  28. Ellis Island (T)
  29. Ensemble du site naturel de la region du Chouf (T)
  30. Ensemble du site naturel de la Vallee du Nahr el Kelb (T)
  31. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  32. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  33. Gold Route in Parati and its landscape (T)
  34. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  35. Grenadines Island Group (T)
  36. Grenadines Island Group (T)
  37. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  38. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  39. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  40. Jerusalem (T)
  41. La Moneda Palace (T)
  42. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  43. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  44. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  45. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  46. Mission Ruins of Venn's Town (T)
  47. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  48. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  49. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  50. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  51. Parc National de la Serra da Bocaina (Sao Paulo - Rio de Janeiro) (T)
  52. Parc Naturel de Fogo – Chã das Caldeiras (T)
  53. Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses – Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (T)
  54. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  55. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  56. Region Lacan-Tún - Usumacinta (T)
  57. Route of the Franciscan Evangelisation (T)
  58. Route of the to Dominique Evangelisation (T)
  59. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  60. Salines de Pedra de Lume (T)
  61. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  62. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  63. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  64. Seaflower Marine Protected Area (T)
  65. Serra da Capivara National Park and Permanent Preservation Areas (T)
  66. Sistema Ferrocarril Pte. Carlos Antonio Lopez (T)
  67. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  68. St. George Fortified System (T)
  69. St. George Historic District (T)
  70. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  71. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  72. The Burren (T)
  73. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  74. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  75. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  76. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  77. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  78. The La Soufrière National Park (T)
  79. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  80. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  81. The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac (T)
  82. The Route of The Rivers (T)
  83. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  84. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plecnik in Ljubljana and Prague (T)
  85. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plecnik in Ljubljana and Prague (T)
  86. Town of Chichicastenango (T)
  87. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  88. Turks and Caicos Islands (T)
  89. Ver-o-Peso (T)
  90. Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat (T)
  1. Atacama Desert
  2. Devils Island (on French Guiana)
  3. Ephesus
  4. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  5. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol
  6. Jericho
  7. Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains
  8. La Brea Pitch Lake
  9. Lake Titicaca
  10. Panama Canal
  11. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  12. Scrovegni's Chapel
  13. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  14. Varanasi