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If you enjoy spending your holidays in a club hotel in the Caribbean drinking Mai Tais, that's fine. It's your holiday and do as you please. And I personally enjoy the occasional Mai Tai on the beach, too. For me, though, spending more than a few days in the aforementioned Caribbean club hotel would be akin to purgatory. Because I like moving around, seeing new things and going to distant places.

As such I have read my fair share of guide books to figure out where to go and what to see. Eventually I noticed a few annoying biases. The authors would try to cover all regions of a country equally, judge on a relative scale and provide more details on touristy and easy to reach places. For instance, I see little reason to spend any time in Santiago de Chile apart from the international airport. Santiago is a nice city for Chile, but it's not in the same league as Mexico City. Still, any guide book you pick up on Chile will spend a full chapter on the city.

World Heritage Sites are different. They are as objective as it gets. They make you travel off the beaten path. I will always fondly remember my cab ride in a winter landscape to Holasovice. More often than not these are great sites.

Initially, I focused on quantity. And while this may seem stressful, it did give me a good picture and overview. Of late (ever since reaching the magical 300) I collect differently. Now I plan my trips on the truly great sites and pick up any site to the left and right I can visit on top.

So, should you become a whs traveler, too? My honest recommendation is to do as you please. But if you are going to country anyhow (and be it in a club hotel), then use the map provided on this site and check out if any world heritage site is nearby. It may force to travel a bit off the beaten path, but trust me, it will be worth it.

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Lake Titicaca (T) Nan

Lake Titicaca (T) by Nan

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable body of water at 3800m. For the natives in pre-Columbian times this was where the gods created the world. Several islands and pre-Columbian sites can be found in and around the lake. The islands have kept some of the original lifestyle and most of the islands are terraced.

I visited on a day trip from Puno. This is part of the standard tourist itinerary in Peru and the boat's passengers came from all over the world. The boat ride was relatively long and the views I got weren't that great. I like trees and there aren't many covering the shores.


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Sacred Titicaca Lake (T) Nan

Sacred Titicaca Lake (T) by Nan

Whatever was missing for me on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca was readily there on the Bolivian side. I had boarded a bus from Puno to La Paz with a short tourist stop to visit Isla del Sol. We took a boat ride along the coast line and then landed below an Inka ruin.

Due to the limited time window I only hiked along the Southern tip of the island. You reach the main village Yumani after 20min or so on a rather steep and original stone path. With more time, I would have ventured further North where more prominent ruins are found.


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Qhapaq Ñan Nan

Qhapaq Ñan by Nan

A site like Qhapaq Nan is fairly difficult to grasp. Is it the roads the Inkas built to connect all parts of their empire? Or does it refer to the sites the roads connect? Or a combination of the two? It doesn't really help that the nomination file comes in at 500 MB, the site names are somewhat cryptic IDs and that the GPS coordinates repeatedly do not match the nomination file boundaries. For a detailed discussion using Pachacamac as example, check Solivagants comments in the forum. 

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Sucre Nan

Sucre by Nan

Sucre is one of the prettiest cities in Latin America I have encountered in my travels so far. Immediately when I exited the shared cab from Potosi and stepped out at Parque Simon Bolivar, I was smitten by the white colonial and post colonial buildings that make up the city center. Personally, I would put it near the top along sites as illustrious as San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. To me it's second only to Mexico City.

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Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T) Nan

Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T) by Nan

For my 2017 trip to South America I ventured a bit off the beaten path, at least in terms of WHS travel. A colleague more or less implored me to include the Salar de Uyuni in my itinerary. At first I was a bit hesitant as Uyuni is not on the list, so doing the detour and spending three full days here, seemed excessive. Eventually, I gave in and made my travel arrangements accordingly. And I have to concur, Salar de Uyuni is a great place to visit and it was the highlight of my trip.

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Name: Nan

Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 365

Most Impressive: Petra

Proposal New WHS: Seoraksan, Korea. Okefenokee, USA.


  1. Imperial Tombs
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Arequipa
  6. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  7. Saltaire
  8. Derwent Valley Mills
  9. Vienna
  10. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  11. Aranjuez
  12. Tugendhat Villa
  13. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  14. Churches of Peace
  15. Calakmul
  16. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  17. Stralsund and Wismar
  18. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  19. Trebic
  20. Kew Gardens
  21. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  22. Monte San Giorgio
  23. Novodevichy Convent
  24. Muskauer Park
  25. Primeval Beech Forests
  26. Grimeton Radio Station
  27. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  28. Kernavë Archeological Site
  29. Kii Mountain Range
  30. Liverpool
  31. Regensburg
  32. Centennial Hall
  33. Yaroslavl
  34. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  35. Struve Geodetic Arc
  36. West Norwegian Fjords
  37. Genoa
  38. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  39. Stari Grad Plain
  40. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  41. Kotor
  42. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  43. Bordeaux
  44. Teide National Park
  45. San Miguel de Allende
  46. Hiraizumi
  47. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  48. Fortifications of Vauban
  49. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  50. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  51. Stoclet House
  52. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  53. Wadden Sea
  54. Longobards in Italy
  55. Royal Joseon Tombs
  56. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  57. Albi
  58. Jantar Mantar
  59. Western Ghats
  60. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  61. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  62. Portobelo-San Lorenzo
  63. Camino Real
  64. Yagul and Mitla
  65. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  66. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  67. Elvas
  68. Fagus Factory
  69. Margravial Opera House
  70. University of Coimbra
  71. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  72. Stevns Klint
  73. Fujisan
  74. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  75. Trang An
  76. Van Nellefabriek
  77. Grand Canal
  78. Corvey
  79. Tomioka Silk Mill
  80. Los Glaciares
  81. Qhapaq Ñan
  82. Fray Bentos
  83. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  84. Christiansfeld
  85. Par force hunting landscape
  86. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  87. Forth Bridge
  88. Gorham's Cave Complex
  89. Antequera Dolmens Site
  90. Archaeological site of Philippi
  91. Los Alerces National Park
  92. Caves and Ice Age Art
  93. Venetian Works of Defence
  94. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  95. Fontainebleau
  96. Amiens Cathedral
  97. Orange
  98. Arles
  99. Speyer Cathedral
  100. Würzburg Residence
  101. Florence
  102. Medici Villas and Gardens
  103. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  104. Rila Monastery
  105. Pirin National Park
  106. Avignon
  107. Nancy
  108. Red Fort
  109. Humayun's Tomb
  110. Qutb Minar
  111. Churches and Convents of Goa
  112. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  113. Agra Fort
  114. Taj Mahal
  115. Fatehpur Sikri
  116. Great Smoky Mountains
  117. Belem
  118. Monastery of Batalha
  119. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  120. Old City of Berne
  121. Abbey of St Gall
  122. Mesa Verde
  123. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  124. Lübeck
  125. Cuzco
  126. Machu Picchu
  127. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  128. Vatican City
  129. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  130. Cracow
  131. Cologne Cathedral
  132. Aachen Cathedral
  133. Warsaw
  134. Iguazu National Park
  135. Statue of Liberty
  136. Yosemite National Park
  137. Auschwitz Birkenau
  138. Segovia
  139. Cordoba
  140. Granada
  141. El Escurial
  142. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  143. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  144. Petra
  145. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  146. Keoladeo National Park
  147. Pont du Gard
  148. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  149. Santiago de Compostela
  150. Avila
  151. Iguacu
  152. Evora
  153. Trier
  154. Giant's Causeway
  155. Ironbridge Gorge
  156. Studley Royal Park
  157. Stonehenge
  158. Gwynedd Castles
  159. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  160. Toledo
  161. Salamanca
  162. Seville
  163. Caceres
  164. Venice and its Lagoon
  165. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  166. Castel del Monte
  167. Budapest
  168. Acropolis
  169. Sian Ka'an
  170. Palenque
  171. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  172. Teotihuacan
  173. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  174. Puebla
  175. Boyana Church
  176. Potosi
  177. Blenheim Palace
  178. Westminster
  179. City of Bath
  180. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  181. Great Wall
  182. Imperial Palace
  183. Peking Man Site
  184. Mount Athos
  185. Meteora
  186. Thessalonika
  187. Guanajuato
  188. Chichen-Itza
  189. Tower of London
  190. Rhodes
  191. Strasbourg
  192. Canterbury
  193. Lima
  194. Monastery of Alcobaça
  195. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  196. Poblet Monastery
  197. Kiev
  198. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  199. Potsdam
  200. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  201. Quedlinburg
  202. St. Petersburg
  203. Vilnius
  204. Kremlin and Red Square
  205. Maulbronn Monastery
  206. Royal Palace at Caserta
  207. Birka and Hovgarden
  208. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  209. Skogskyrkogarden
  210. Drottningholm
  211. Zamosc
  212. Sucre
  213. Tiwanaku
  214. Urnes Stave Church
  215. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  216. Morelia
  217. Bryggen
  218. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  219. Reims
  220. Novgorod
  221. Prague
  222. Cesky Krumlov
  223. Telc
  224. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  225. Bamberg
  226. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  227. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  228. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  229. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  230. Brú na Bóinne
  231. Horyu-ji Area
  232. Himeji-jo
  233. Mérida
  234. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  235. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  236. Matera
  237. Ha Long Bay
  238. Hué
  239. Donana National Park
  240. Völklingen Ironworks
  241. Ancient Kyoto
  242. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  243. Roskilde Cathedral
  244. Kronborg Castle
  245. Jelling
  246. City of Luxembourg
  247. Nasca Lines
  248. Popocatepetl monasteries
  249. Vicenza
  250. Rapa Nui
  251. Siena
  252. Messel Pit
  253. Sintra
  254. Naples
  255. Edinburgh
  256. Bauhaus Sites
  257. Visby
  258. Kutna Hora
  259. Ferrara
  260. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  261. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  262. Haeinsa Temple
  263. Jongmyo Shrine
  264. Schokland
  265. Colonia del Sacramento
  266. Grand Canyon
  267. Oporto
  268. Sceilg Mhichíl
  269. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  270. Everglades
  271. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  272. Canal du Midi
  273. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  274. Genbaku Dome
  275. Itsukushima Shrine
  276. Independence Hall
  277. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  278. Cuenca
  279. La Lonja de la Seda
  280. Luther Memorials
  281. Salzburg
  282. Semmering Railway
  283. Schönbrunn
  284. The trulli of Alberobello
  285. Ravenna
  286. Panamá
  287. Uxmal
  288. Querétaro
  289. Maritime Greenwich
  290. Verona
  291. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  292. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  293. Chartres Cathedral
  294. Trogir
  295. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  296. Hwaseong Fortress
  297. Kinderdijk
  298. Tallinn
  299. Botanical Garden, Padua
  300. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  301. Modena
  302. Pompei
  303. Versailles
  304. Costiera Amalfitana
  305. Torun
  306. Medina of Tétouan
  307. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  308. Classical Weimar
  309. Malbork Castle
  310. Riga
  311. Flemish Béguinages
  312. The Four Lifts
  313. Grand Place, Brussels
  314. Holy Trinity Column
  315. Pyramids (Memphis)
  316. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  317. Holasovice
  318. Tlacotalpan
  319. L'viv
  320. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  321. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  322. Ancient Thebes
  323. Ancient Nara
  324. Karlskrona
  325. Lyon
  326. Provins
  327. Tarraco
  328. Alcala de Henares
  329. Summer Palace
  330. Temple of Heaven
  331. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  332. Bellinzone
  333. Campeche
  334. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  335. Wartburg Castle
  336. Beemster Polder
  337. Litomysl Castle
  338. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  339. Rome
  340. Nikko
  341. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  342. Graz
  343. Saint-Emilion
  344. Cueva de las Manos
  345. Peninsula Valdes
  346. Xochicalco
  347. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  348. Belfries
  349. Mountain Railways of India
  350. Mostar
  351. Hoi An
  352. Dubrovnik
  353. Valparaiso
  354. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  355. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  356. Southern Öland
  357. Split
  358. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  359. Churches of Chiloé
  360. Reichenau
  361. Zollverein
  362. Gyeongju
  363. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  364. Curonian Spit
  365. Brugge
  1. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  4. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  5. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  6. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  7. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  8. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  9. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  10. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  11. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  12. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  13. Great Pskov (T)
  14. Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape (T)
  15. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  16. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  17. La Camargue (T)
  18. La Moneda Palace (T)
  19. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  20. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  21. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  22. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  23. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  24. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  25. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  26. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  27. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  28. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  29. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  30. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  31. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  32. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  33. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  34. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  35. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  36. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  37. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  38. Seoul City Wall (T)
  39. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  40. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  41. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  42. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  43. Southwest Coast (T)
  44. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  45. Teylers (T)
  46. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  47. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  48. The Naumburg Cathedral and the landscape of the rivers Saale and Unstrut an important dominion in the High Middle Ages (T)
  49. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  50. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  51. The Silver Route (T)
  52. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  53. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  54. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby (T)
  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Atacama Desert
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  5. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  6. Golden Gate Bridge
  7. Great Gobi Desert
  8. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  9. Jericho
  10. Lake Titicaca
  11. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  12. Mecca, Kaaba
  13. Okavango Delta
  14. Panama Canal
  15. Shwedagon Pagoda
  16. Silk Roads
  17. Sites Mégalithiques de Carnac
  18. The Grand Canal
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Ur
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Vienna
  3. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  4. Persepolis
  5. Ilulissat Icefjord
  6. Thingvellir
  7. West Norwegian Fjords
  8. Crac des Chevaliers
  9. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  10. Lena Pillars
  11. Jantar Mantar
  12. Redwood
  13. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  14. Persian Garden
  15. Wadi Rum
  16. Çatalhöyük
  17. Okavango Delta
  18. Grand Canal
  19. Old City of Jerusalem
  20. Arab-Norman Palermo
  21. Aksum
  22. Great Barrier Reef
  23. Florence
  24. Tasmanian Wilderness
  25. Leptis Magna
  26. Damascus
  27. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  28. Hampi
  29. Sun Temple, Konarak
  30. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  31. Chola Temples
  32. Agra Fort
  33. Fatehpur Sikri
  34. Mesa Verde
  35. Cuzco
  36. Machu Picchu
  37. Yellowstone
  38. Vatican City
  39. Cracow
  40. Aachen Cathedral
  41. Iguazu National Park
  42. Yosemite National Park
  43. Altamira Cave
  44. Granada
  45. El Escurial
  46. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  47. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  48. Petra
  49. Pont du Gard
  50. Chaco Culture
  51. Istanbul
  52. Site of Carthage
  53. Studley Royal Park
  54. Stonehenge
  55. Venice and its Lagoon
  56. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  57. Acropolis
  58. Palenque
  59. Teotihuacan
  60. Westminster
  61. Great Wall
  62. Imperial Palace
  63. Guanajuato
  64. Chichen-Itza
  65. Tower of London
  66. Rhodes
  67. St. Petersburg
  68. Kremlin and Red Square
  69. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  70. Borobudur
  71. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  72. Prague
  73. Tikal National Park
  74. Himeji-jo
  75. Angkor
  76. Ha Long Bay
  77. Völklingen Ironworks
  78. Ancient Kyoto
  79. Nasca Lines
  80. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  81. Rapa Nui
  82. Siena
  83. Haeinsa Temple
  84. Grand Canyon
  85. Itsukushima Shrine
  86. Ravenna
  87. The Sundarbans
  88. Mont-Saint-Michel
  89. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  90. Kinderdijk
  91. Pompei
  92. Versailles
  93. Troy
  94. Pyramids (Memphis)
  95. Ancient Thebes
  96. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  97. Rome
  98. Mountain Railways of India
  99. Dubrovnik
  100. Split
  101. Gyeongju
  102. Brugge
  103. Great Himalayan National Park