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Volcanoes of Kamchatka Martina Ruckova

Volcanoes of Kamchatka by Martina Ruckova

This is one of those WHS that truly deserve a trip of their own and contain so many parts and places that even with a week at your disposal, you'll be able to just cover couple of those places. I visited the Kamchatka peninsula this August with my husband Ivan. It consists of numerous nature parks/reserves and places. We started with the ascend to Avachinskiy volcano (2000m altitude hike over 8 km track), hiked around Dachniye springs (by the Mutnovskiy geothermal station), did a helicopter tour of the Valley of Geysirs and hiked the Gorelyi volcano. The nature is marvellous and out of the three "top" mainland Russia natural UNESCO WHSs, Altai, Lake Baikal, and Kamchatka, I have to hand it to Kamchatka as the most wonderful of the three. It's a beautiful place that will leave even seasoned nature lovers amazed.

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Lena Pillars Martina Ruckova

Lena Pillars by Martina Ruckova

On our way to Kamchatka, we have made a detour through Yakutsk. It's a good way to get to Kamchatka, as direct flights from Moscow to Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy are much more expensive. Yakutsk is a good base from which to see the stunning Lena Pillars and then either to move on to Kamchatka or ride the Road of Bones. There were three of us and we booked a tour with local tour operator named Bolot (from Visit Yakutia), who arranged a three-hour return car ride to the bank of Lena River and a boat ride from there.

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Sarazm Martina Ruckova

The ancient site of Sarazm is to be found about 15 kms west off Penjikent in north-western part of Tajikistan. Travelling from Dushanbe, it takes about 4-5 hours to reach Penjikent and let me tell you, even though you might think otherwise, that's one of the best roads to be found across the country. The site itself is well-marked, behind a small fence and the excavations are protected by a roof. Some basic information is provided, but not very much. Info booklet can be bought in the Rudaki museum in Penjikent. I really missed a local tour guide here who would give us some context of the culture and the excavation works, as, for example in Cattalhoyuk in Turkey. Some of the artifacts that have been excavated from the ancient Sarazm can also be found in the Rudaki museum, so I'd recommend visiting that first.

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Alejandro de Humboldt National Park Martina Ruckova

Visited in January 2013. The last part of our journey through Cuba was the historically first town on the island, Baracoa. It's the base from which you can easily get to the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park. There are plenty of options on how to visit this site, we chose to take part in a guided tour that included 4 hour long trek around the National park. The price was reasonable, the guide waits you in city centre with bus at hand. The only downside of the tour is getting there, as the road is very rickety indeed, you will have to endure an hour and half of being shaken to your core.

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Tauric Chersonese Martina Ruckova

Visited in October 2014. This WHS is located on the Crimean peninsula. Today due to geopolitics the easiest way to visit is through Moscow and via some of the connecting flights, should you find yourself in Russia and don't want to bother with multiple-entry visa. Flights from Moscow land either in Simferopol or Sevastopol, the WHS itself is located on the outskirts of Sevastopol. We chose a taxi from our hotel in Sevastopol to get there and returned by walking and then taking a bus. As for other technicalities, you need Russian visa to enter Crimea and the accepted currency everywhere around is Russian Ruble.

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Name: Martina Ruckova

Country: Slovakia

Visited WHS: 400

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  1. Durmitor National Park
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. First Coffee Plantations
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  6. Ephesus
  7. Val di Noto
  8. Villa d'Este
  9. Val d'Orcia
  10. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  11. Saltaire
  12. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  13. Derwent Valley Mills
  14. Guimarães
  15. Vienna
  16. Masada
  17. Old City of Acre
  18. Aranjuez
  19. Alto Douro
  20. Tugendhat Villa
  21. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  22. Churches of Peace
  23. Tokaji Wine Region
  24. Stralsund and Wismar
  25. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  26. Derbent
  27. Gobustan Rock Art
  28. Takht-e Soleyman
  29. Trebic
  30. Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda
  31. Kew Gardens
  32. Monte San Giorgio
  33. White City of Tel-Aviv
  34. Novodevichy Convent
  35. Pasargadae
  36. Incense Route of the Negev
  37. Biblical Tells
  38. Muskauer Park
  39. Tchogha Zanbil
  40. Primeval Beech Forests
  41. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  42. Kernavë Archeological Site
  43. Persepolis
  44. Sarazm
  45. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  46. Liverpool
  47. Regensburg
  48. Etruscan Necropolises
  49. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  50. Centennial Hall
  51. Yaroslavl
  52. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  53. Le Havre
  54. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  55. Struve Geodetic Arc
  56. Soltaniyeh
  57. West Norwegian Fjords
  58. Nesvizh
  59. Kunya-Urgench
  60. Syracuse
  61. Cienfuegos
  62. Bam Cultural Landscape
  63. Tequila
  64. Genoa
  65. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  66. Bahá’i Holy Places
  67. Bisotun
  68. Melaka and George Town
  69. Aapravasi Ghat
  70. Sulaiman-Too
  71. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  72. Stari Grad Plain
  73. Nisa
  74. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  75. San Marino and Mount Titano
  76. Kotor
  77. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  78. Tajik National Park
  79. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  80. Bordeaux
  81. Teide National Park
  82. Le Morne
  83. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  84. Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  85. Camagüey
  86. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  87. San Miguel de Allende
  88. Rhaetian Railway
  89. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  90. Fortifications of Vauban
  91. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  92. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  93. Lena Pillars
  94. Wadden Sea
  95. Shushtar
  96. Pitons of Reunion
  97. Longobards in Italy
  98. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  99. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  100. Al Ain
  101. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  102. Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
  103. Tabriz Bazaar
  104. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  105. Camino Real
  106. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  107. Selimiye Mosque
  108. Elvas
  109. Fagus Factory
  110. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  111. Serra de Tramuntana
  112. Persian Garden
  113. Margravial Opera House
  114. University of Coimbra
  115. Mount Carmel Caves
  116. Masjed-e Jâme'
  117. Çatalhöyük
  118. Tauric Chersonese
  119. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  120. Stevns Klint
  121. Golestan Palace
  122. Maymand
  123. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  124. Mount Etna
  125. Bethlehem
  126. Van Nellefabriek
  127. Silk Roads
  128. Corvey
  129. Susa
  130. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  131. Champagne
  132. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  133. Christiansfeld
  134. Par force hunting landscape
  135. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  136. Old City of Jerusalem
  137. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  138. Forth Bridge
  139. Arab-Norman Palermo
  140. Battir
  141. Lut Desert
  142. The Persian Qanat
  143. Fontainebleau
  144. Amiens Cathedral
  145. Arles
  146. Speyer Cathedral
  147. Würzburg Residence
  148. Florence
  149. Medici Villas and Gardens
  150. Old Havana
  151. Rila Monastery
  152. Nessebar
  153. Pirin National Park
  154. Belem
  155. Monastery of Batalha
  156. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  157. Old City of Berne
  158. Abbey of St Gall
  159. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  160. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  161. Lübeck
  162. Vatican City
  163. Cracow
  164. Warsaw
  165. Statue of Liberty
  166. Auschwitz Birkenau
  167. Segovia
  168. El Escurial
  169. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  170. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  171. Pont du Gard
  172. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  173. Avila
  174. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  175. Istanbul
  176. Göreme NP
  177. Evora
  178. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  179. Studley Royal Park
  180. Stonehenge
  181. Toledo
  182. Garajonay
  183. Studenica Monastery
  184. Skocjan Caves
  185. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  186. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  187. Venice and its Lagoon
  188. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  189. Budapest
  190. Hollókö
  191. Acropolis
  192. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  193. Teotihuacan
  194. Puebla
  195. Ibiza
  196. Boyana Church
  197. Blenheim Palace
  198. Westminster
  199. City of Bath
  200. New Lanark
  201. Madara Rider
  202. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  203. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  204. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  205. Meteora
  206. Thessalonika
  207. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  208. Hortobágy
  209. Guanajuato
  210. Xanthos-Letoon
  211. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  212. Tower of London
  213. Epidaurus
  214. Rhodes
  215. Monastery of Alcobaça
  216. Mystras
  217. Neolithic Orkney
  218. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  219. Olympia
  220. Poblet Monastery
  221. Kiev
  222. Delos
  223. Potsdam
  224. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  225. Quedlinburg
  226. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  227. St. Petersburg
  228. Vilnius
  229. Itchan Kala
  230. Kizhi Pogost
  231. Kremlin and Red Square
  232. Maulbronn Monastery
  233. San Gimignano
  234. Birka and Hovgarden
  235. Engelsberg Ironworks
  236. Skogskyrkogarden
  237. Drottningholm
  238. Zamosc
  239. Berat and Gjirokastra
  240. Butrint
  241. Ayutthaya
  242. Sammallahdenmäki
  243. Old Rauma
  244. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  245. Petäjävesi Old Church
  246. Morelia
  247. Bryggen
  248. Dong Phayayen
  249. Villages with Fortified Churches
  250. Monastery of Horezu
  251. Churches of Moldavia
  252. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  253. Reims
  254. Bukhara
  255. Samarkand
  256. Novgorod
  257. Prague
  258. Cesky Krumlov
  259. Banska Stiavnica
  260. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  261. Telc
  262. Vlkolinec
  263. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  264. Bamberg
  265. Mir Castle
  266. El Tajin
  267. Solovetsky Islands
  268. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  269. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  270. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  271. Zacatecas
  272. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  273. Roskilde Cathedral
  274. Kronborg Castle
  275. Jelling
  276. City of Luxembourg
  277. Popocatepetl monasteries
  278. Mtskheta
  279. Upper Svaneti
  280. Gelati Monastery
  281. Vicenza
  282. Siena
  283. Virgin Komi Forests
  284. Messel Pit
  285. Sintra
  286. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  287. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  288. Edinburgh
  289. Bauhaus Sites
  290. Crespi d'Adda
  291. Kutna Hora
  292. Ferrara
  293. Schokland
  294. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  295. Lake Baikal
  296. Oporto
  297. Pannonhalma
  298. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  299. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  300. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  301. Golden Mountains of Altai
  302. Canal du Midi
  303. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  304. Haghpat and Sanahin
  305. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  306. Cuenca
  307. Luther Memorials
  308. Salzburg
  309. Semmering Railway
  310. Schönbrunn
  311. Ravenna
  312. Pienza
  313. Paphos
  314. Querétaro
  315. Maritime Greenwich
  316. Verona
  317. Mont-Saint-Michel
  318. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  319. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  320. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  321. Chartres Cathedral
  322. Trogir
  323. Hospicio Cabañas
  324. Kinderdijk
  325. Tallinn
  326. Botanical Garden, Padua
  327. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  328. Modena
  329. Urbino
  330. Agrigento
  331. Villa Romana del Casale
  332. Torun
  333. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  334. Viñales Valley
  335. San Pedro de la Roca Castle
  336. Classical Weimar
  337. Malbork Castle
  338. Choirokoitia
  339. Troy
  340. Riga
  341. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  342. Flemish Béguinages
  343. The Four Lifts
  344. Grand Place, Brussels
  345. Holy Trinity Column
  346. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  347. Holasovice
  348. L'viv
  349. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  350. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  351. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  352. Lyon
  353. Provins
  354. Tarraco
  355. Alcala de Henares
  356. Bellinzone
  357. Shakhrisyabz
  358. Ancient Merv
  359. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  360. Wartburg Castle
  361. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  362. Beemster Polder
  363. Western Caucasus
  364. Litomysl Castle
  365. Sighisoara
  366. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  367. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  368. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  369. Isole Eolie
  370. Rome
  371. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  372. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  373. Graz
  374. Saint-Emilion
  375. Xochicalco
  376. Mycenae and Tiryns
  377. Belfries
  378. Mostar
  379. Dubrovnik
  380. Walled City of Baku
  381. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  382. Monastery of Geghard
  383. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  384. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  385. Split
  386. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  387. Bardejov Town
  388. Reichenau
  389. Zollverein
  390. Corfu
  391. Plitvice Lakes
  392. Kazan Kremlin
  393. Bolgar
  394. Ferapontov Monastery
  395. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  396. Vall de Boi
  397. Ohrid Region
  398. Assisi
  399. Curonian Spit
  400. Brugge
  1. Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (T)
  2. Bet She'an (T)
  3. Caesarea (T)
  4. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  5. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  6. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  7. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  8. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  9. Eglises romanes d'Andorre (T)
  10. Ensemble historique de Santa Coloma (T)
  11. Ensemble of the Astrakhan Kremlin (T)
  12. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  13. Fann mountains (T)
  14. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  15. Gelati Monastery (T)
  16. Gemer and Abov churches with the medieval mural paintings (T)
  17. Great Pskov (T)
  18. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  19. Jerusalem (T)
  20. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  21. Konya-A capital of Seljuk Civilization (T)
  22. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  23. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  24. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  25. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  26. Limes Romanus - The Roman antique monuments on the Middle Danube (T)
  27. Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex "To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad" (T)
  28. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  29. Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (T)
  30. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  31. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  32. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  33. Original Meadow - Pasture Sites of Slovakia (T)
  34. Orvieto (T)
  35. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  36. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  37. Sharjah: the Gate to Trucial States (T)
  38. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  39. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  40. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  41. The Bauhaus and associated sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau (T)
  42. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  43. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  44. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  45. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  46. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  47. Virgin Komi Forests (re-nomination) (T)
  48. Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat (T)
  49. Western Caucasus (re-nomination) (T)
  1. Chernobyl
  2. Communist heritage of Volgograd
  3. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  4. Divided Cities along the German Border
  5. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  6. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  7. Minoan palaces of Crete
  8. Modern Legacy of Vienna
  9. Neuschwanstein Castle
  10. Olympic Park in Munich
  11. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  12. Transiberian Railway