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Galapagos Islands Jay T

Galapagos Islands by Jay T

The Galápagos Islands are a nature-lovers dream, home to giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, penguins, flamingos, pelicans, Darwin's famed finches, frigates, and, my favorite, the blue-footed booby. And that's just on land. Rest assured, if you are hoping to see wildlife, you will not be disappointed with the species endemic to these volcanic isles on the Equator. When planning a trip to the Galápagos, you have the choice of joining a multi-day boat tour of the islands or creating your own tour by flying or taking ferries between islands. I chose the latter when I visited the Galápagos in June. If creating your own tour, you also have to decide which islands you'll visit. I chose Santa Cruz Island, in the center of the archipelago, and Isabela Island, the largest of the islands. Santa Cruz Island is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, on the east side of the main town of Puerto Ayora.

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Budapest Jay T

Budapest by Jay T

Budapest was my first foray into Eastern Europe beyond Russia, and it was an unforgettable city. I traveled to the city by train from Vienna with family and friends in the fall of 2003, and was thus able to consecutively visit both capitals of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. We stayed on the Buda side of the city, west of the Danube, where we spent much of the first day exploring the heights of the Buda Castle district. I particularly enjoyed Matthias church and the glorious view of the Danube from Fisherman's Bastion, an unforgettable overlook. Directly across from the river on the east bank of the Danube is the amazing Hungarian Parliament Building; this view is featured prominently in American advertisements of European river cruises. Just as spectacular are the views of the bridges, which are brightly lit at night.

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Wet Tropics of Queensland Jay T

Wet Tropics of Queensland by Jay T

Lush, green rainforests carpet the low hills of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, which border the beaches, coastal towns, and agricultural fields of the northeast coast of Australia. When I visited the Great Barrier Reef in June 2012, my friend and I chose to visit the hill town of Kuranda, using the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which transits through the World Heritage Site. The gondola ride provided an incredible view of the Atherton Tablelands and Barron Gorge National Park, as well as two sightseeing stops along the way. The first stop featured a museum and a walk through the canopy, overlooking ferns and tropical hardwoods; there were also displays about local fauna, though I never did find a cassowary. The second stop included an overlook of Barron Falls, which was not particularly impressive in the dry season.

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Sangay National Park Jay T

Sangay National Park by Jay T

The road through Sangay National Park is a fait accompli, providing a quicker route to the Ecuadorian city of Macas, east of the Andes. I can't speak to the ecological impact of the road on the park, but it did provide an easy way to access the Atillo Lakes region of the park, where I spent a couple of hours hiking in the Andes last month. The weather was not the most promising, with low, grey clouds obscuring the volcanic peak of Sangay; rain held off, however, and at times the sun did its best to disperse some of the cloud cover. My driver arranged for a local guide, Dora, to lead a hike through a high mountain valley to the first of the Atillo lakes. The region serves as a watershed for the western Andes, and the hills were marshy and covered with grasses and wildflowers; I was very glad my tour company provided rubber boots for the hike.

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Paris, Banks of the Seine Jay T

Paris, Banks of the Seine by Jay T

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Paris, Banks of the Seine World Heritage Site, one of the most famous and visited sites in the world, is that 16 French World Heritage Sites were inscribed in previous years before it was finally added to the list in 1991. Paris is easily one of the most picturesque cities I have ever seen, with amazing views from the heights of Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and Montmartre (of which the last is not part of the inscribed site), as well as at street level, with grand boulevards and squares. Even the underground sewer system (so thoroughly described by Hugo in Les Misérables) and catacombs are tourist attractions, though I believe the official site boundary stops at surface level. Of the inscribed properties in this site, I particularly appreciated Sainte-Chapelle, with its beautiful stained glass which glows in morning light, and the Musée d'Orsay, with its impressionist and post-impressionist art displayed throughout a former train station.

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Country: USA

Visited WHS: 129

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  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Ephesus
  3. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  4. Vienna
  5. Masada
  6. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  7. Kew Gardens
  8. Um er-Rasas
  9. White City of Tel-Aviv
  10. Novodevichy Convent
  11. Biblical Tells
  12. Royal Exhibition Building
  13. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  14. Pitons Management Area
  15. Rideau Canal
  16. Melaka and George Town
  17. San Marino and Mount Titano
  18. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  19. Fortifications of Vauban
  20. Australian Convict Sites
  21. Turaif Quarter
  22. Redwood
  23. Al Ain
  24. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  25. Camino Real
  26. Wadi Rum
  27. Poverty Point
  28. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  29. Qhapaq Ñan
  30. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  31. Old City of Jerusalem
  32. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  33. Forth Bridge
  34. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  35. Mammoth Cave
  36. Great Barrier Reef
  37. Sydney Opera House
  38. Florence
  39. Medici Villas and Gardens
  40. Cahokia Mounds
  41. Quito
  42. Great Smoky Mountains
  43. Sangay National Park
  44. Belem
  45. La Fortaleza
  46. Mesa Verde
  47. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  48. Yellowstone
  49. Vatican City
  50. Québec
  51. Iguazu National Park
  52. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  53. Statue of Liberty
  54. Yosemite National Park
  55. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  56. Petra
  57. Quseir Amra
  58. Chaco Culture
  59. Iguacu
  60. Istanbul
  61. Göreme NP
  62. Evora
  63. Giant's Causeway
  64. Ironbridge Gorge
  65. Stonehenge
  66. Gwynedd Castles
  67. Venice and its Lagoon
  68. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  69. L'Anse aux Meadows
  70. Budapest
  71. Acropolis
  72. Hawaii Volcanoes
  73. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  74. Teotihuacan
  75. Puebla
  76. Ibiza
  77. Gros Morne National Park
  78. Tongariro National Park
  79. Blenheim Palace
  80. Westminster
  81. City of Bath
  82. New Lanark
  83. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  84. Monticello
  85. Uluru
  86. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  87. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  88. Tower of London
  89. Taos Pueblo
  90. Potsdam
  91. St. Petersburg
  92. Kremlin and Red Square
  93. Ayutthaya
  94. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  95. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  96. Brú na Bóinne
  97. Popocatepetl monasteries
  98. Siena
  99. Sintra
  100. Naples
  101. Edinburgh
  102. Old Town Lunenburg
  103. Colonia del Sacramento
  104. Grand Canyon
  105. Lake Baikal
  106. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  107. Everglades
  108. Independence Hall
  109. Salzburg
  110. Schönbrunn
  111. Maritime Greenwich
  112. Mont-Saint-Michel
  113. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  114. Morne Trois Pitons
  115. Kinderdijk
  116. Pompei
  117. Versailles
  118. Costiera Amalfitana
  119. Pyramids (Memphis)
  120. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  121. Ancient Thebes
  122. Nubian Monuments
  123. Historic Cairo
  124. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  125. Rome
  126. Nikko
  127. Greater Blue Mountains
  128. Xochicalco
  129. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  1. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  2. Arbel (arbel, nebe shueb, horns of hittim) (T)
  3. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  4. Bet She'an (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Caesarea (T)
  7. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  8. Central Park (T)
  9. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  10. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  11. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  12. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  13. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  14. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  15. Ellis Island (T)
  16. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  17. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  18. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  19. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  20. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  21. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  22. Khor Dubai (T)
  23. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  24. Mount Vernon (T)
  25. Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)
  26. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  27. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  28. Rade de Marseille (T)
  29. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  30. Seoul City Wall (T)
  31. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  32. Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (T)
  33. St. George Fortified System (T)
  34. St. George Historic District (T)
  35. Teylers (T)
  36. The Burren (T)
  37. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  38. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  39. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  40. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  41. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  42. Waitangi Treaty Grounds historic precinct (T)
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Gunung Mulu
  5. Ephesus
  6. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  7. Vienna
  8. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  9. Masada
  10. Old City of Acre
  11. Alto Douro
  12. Kenya Lake System
  13. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  14. Rio de Janeiro
  15. Coffee Cultural Landscape
  16. Persepolis
  17. Koutammakou
  18. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  19. Thingvellir
  20. Pitons Management Area
  21. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  22. Gulf of California
  23. Timbuktu
  24. West Norwegian Fjords
  25. Sagarmatha National Park
  26. Syracuse
  27. Tequila
  28. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  29. Sewell Mining Town
  30. Ouro Preto
  31. South China Karst
  32. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  33. Valletta
  34. Western Ghats
  35. Al Ain
  36. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  37. Wadi Rum
  38. Grand Pré
  39. El Pinacate
  40. Fujisan
  41. Namib Sand Sea
  42. Okavango Delta
  43. Silk Roads
  44. Los Glaciares
  45. Qhapaq Ñan
  46. Old City of Jerusalem
  47. Great Barrier Reef
  48. Serengeti
  49. SGang Gwaay
  50. Sydney Opera House
  51. Medina of Fez
  52. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  53. Florence
  54. Lalibela
  55. Tasmanian Wilderness
  56. Leptis Magna
  57. Shibam
  58. Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve
  59. Cahokia Mounds
  60. Damascus
  61. Old Havana
  62. Bamiyan Valley
  63. Aleppo
  64. Red Fort
  65. Chola Temples
  66. Taj Mahal
  67. Island of Gorée
  68. Abbey of St Gall
  69. Mesa Verde
  70. Cuzco
  71. Machu Picchu
  72. Samarra
  73. Yellowstone
  74. Vatican City
  75. Cracow
  76. Baalbek
  77. Tyre
  78. Aachen Cathedral
  79. Québec
  80. Iguazu National Park
  81. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  82. Statue of Liberty
  83. Yosemite National Park
  84. Auschwitz Birkenau
  85. Cordoba
  86. Granada
  87. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  88. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  89. Petra
  90. Medina of Marrakesh
  91. Huascaran National Park
  92. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  93. Keoladeo National Park
  94. Istanbul
  95. Göreme NP
  96. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  97. Chan Chan
  98. Giant's Causeway
  99. Site of Carthage
  100. Ironbridge Gorge
  101. Stonehenge
  102. Gwynedd Castles
  103. Seville
  104. Ngorongoro
  105. Skocjan Caves
  106. Venice and its Lagoon
  107. L'Anse aux Meadows
  108. Budapest
  109. Kilimanjaro National Park
  110. Acropolis
  111. Dja Faunal Reserve
  112. Hawaii Volcanoes
  113. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  114. Teotihuacan
  115. Gros Morne National Park
  116. Potosi
  117. Tongariro National Park
  118. Westminster
  119. Great Wall
  120. Imperial Palace
  121. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  122. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  123. Brasilia
  124. Uluru
  125. Meteora
  126. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  127. Guanajuato
  128. Chichen-Itza
  129. Strasbourg
  130. Banc d'Arguin
  131. Victoria Falls
  132. Cliff of Bandiagara
  133. Olympia
  134. Santo Domingo
  135. Potsdam
  136. St. Petersburg
  137. Kremlin and Red Square
  138. Te Wahipounamu
  139. Ayutthaya
  140. Borobudur
  141. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  142. Samarkand
  143. Prague
  144. Tikal National Park
  145. Himeji-jo
  146. Angkor
  147. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  148. Ha Long Bay
  149. Hué
  150. Ancient Kyoto
  151. Nasca Lines
  152. Potala Palace
  153. Rapa Nui
  154. Glacier parks
  155. Carlsbad Caverns
  156. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  157. Edinburgh
  158. Grand Canyon
  159. Lake Baikal
  160. Everglades
  161. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  162. Laponian Area
  163. Genbaku Dome
  164. Independence Hall
  165. Luther Memorials
  166. Salzburg
  167. Maritime Greenwich
  168. Mont-Saint-Michel
  169. Chartres Cathedral
  170. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  171. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  172. Kinderdijk
  173. Pompei
  174. Versailles
  175. Costiera Amalfitana
  176. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  177. Qadisha Valley
  178. Pyramids (Memphis)
  179. Nubian Monuments
  180. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  181. Wartburg Castle
  182. Isole Eolie
  183. Rome
  184. Loire Valley
  185. Dubrovnik
  186. Saint Catherine Area
  187. Walled City of Baku
  188. Valparaiso
  189. Gyeongju
  190. Plitvice Lakes
  191. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  192. Brugge
  193. Pantanal
  194. Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
  195. Virunga National Park
  196. Air and Téneré
  197. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  198. Socotra Archipelago
  199. Bikini Atoll
  200. Meroe