Ammon Watkins Profile

Air traffic controller from Canada. Spent the better part of my 20's traveling around the world after finishing my bachelor degree. Made a friend on the road that suggested I look into the WH list if I didnt know what to visit somewhere. Excellent advice! Unfortunately got into the WHS thing a little too late to maximize my potential visits. I wont make that mistake again! Now my goal is to visit every country and as many WHS as i reasonably can and I'm rarely disappointed.

My travel experience is varied but has mostly ranged in the budget to extreme budget category which has made things very interesting at times. With a limited time and budget and to balance other interests I am more prone to skipping out on the less known natural WHS. 

I still try to take holidays and visit new sites a few times a year, with an itinerary and prioritization that befuddles all, including the mrs. 

Fun trivia: I proposed to my wife in the Rock Islands WHS in Palau. I married her in the Waterton/Glacier NP WHS in Canada :)

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Cour royale de Tiébélé (T)

Ammon Watkins Canada - 23-May-23

Cour royale de Tiébélé (T)

I visited Tiebele in April 2023 on my final day in Burkina Faso. Being not far off the main highway to Ghana, it was still safely accessible and was done as a day trip from Ouagadougou (~4 hours each way) before my flight out that night. The drive out there in a private car was pleasant enough but I was surprised to find that Tiebele was bigger than I thought and looked like a growing village typical of the region. The Cour Royale de Tiebele is just a tiny traditional compound tucked away within the larger settlement. I had erroneously assumed it would be more isolated.

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Sya, centre historique de Bobo-Dioulasso (T)

Ammon Watkins Canada - 03-May-23

Sya, centre historique de Bobo-Dioulasso (T)

Visited April 2023. As part of a 5-day private tour of Burkina Faso I stayed 2 nights in Bobo-Dioulasso and was able to visit this site. The most recognizable part of this site is the Sudano-Sahelian style mosque which sits on a square at the edge of the historical quarter. We were able to visit inside and on top of the mosque with a local guide to escort us. Due to the traditional nature of its construction it is constantly being repaired. Despite being in the center of the second largest city in the country, Sya has managed to maintain a traditional atmosphere and way of life that is centuries old. It somehow still feels like walking around a traditional village, isolated from the rest of the city

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Sudd wetland (T)

Ammon Watkins Canada - 29-Apr-23

Sudd wetland (T)

Visited Apr 2023. The Sudd wetland is a very important inland freshwater ecosystem on a scale with the already listed Pantanal and Okavango delta. Throughout the year it's size is highly variable, basically doubling from it's lowest point during the dry season to it's maximum during seasonal flooding. As a natural site it supports a wide variety of wildlife, including large, diverse fish populations and is an important stop for many migrating bird species. It's also home to many mammals and supports the largest antelope migration in the world. As a cultural site, the ecosystem supports a local population of up to a million who largely live a traditional lifestyle including fishing, seasonal farming and semi-nomadic cattle herding

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Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin

Ammon Watkins Canada - 22-May-22

Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin

I can understand this one having a poor rating as it really shouldn't take 700+ locations to make your point. But with that many locations we are going to need a lot of reviews to figure out which ones to make an effort for.

Feb 2022, I found myself once again visiting the inlaws in Benidorm. I'll be the first to admit that as a hub it has to be one of the worst spots in the country as a base for visiting WHS but there seems to be numerous rock art locations scattered about nearby.

Rewind to 7 years ago and we attempted to visit La Sarga just outside of Alcoy but it has been fenced off. As tempted as I was to jump the fence and look on my own I am glad I didn't. This time around we came prepared. The site at La Sarga is accessible by free tours on Sundays nearly year round (Feb-Nov). You are supposed to make a reservation online for one of the hourly tours (10-1pm). The group size is 25 max but it was all so informal on site that I think you could just show up and join in. I was surprised at the popularity of the site on a random Feb Sunday with other Spaniards making up the rest of the group

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Minoan Palatial Centres (T)

Ammon Watkins Canada - 22-May-22

Minoan Palatial Centres (T)

We visited 3 of the 5 sites during our visit to Crete in Feb 2022.

Our first introduction to Minoan ruins was actually at Phaistos. It was an easy hour drive from Heraklion first thing in the morning and we had the site to ourselves. As previously mentioned the location is fantastic with great views in all directions. The site is in a state you'd expect when visiting "ancient ruins", the form is there and you can fairly easily make out all the structural elements though the only remaining artifacts are a few storage jars (pithoi) scattered about at the ends of various chambers. This site is worth a visit for anyone seriously interested in the Minoans and if it weren't part of a serial site that looks a long way off from getting inscribed could easily get in on its own.

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Recently Visited WHS

Update 10.04.24
Rating Stats
Bagan 5
Iguacu 5
Brugge 4.5
Calakmul 4.5
Lalibela 4.5
Mystras 4.5
Rhodes 4.5
Asmara 4
Byblos 4
Copán 4
Hegra 4
Meroe 4
Yazd 4
Aquileia 3.5
Chavin 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Djenné 3.5
Hampi 3.5
Lima 3.5
Palmyra 3.5
Samarkand 3.5
Sana'a 3.5
Shibam 3.5
Sucre 3.5
Timbuktu 3.5
Uxmal 3.5
Aleppo 3
Bosra 3
Potosi 3
Tyre 3
Al Ain 2.5
Bagerhat 2.5
Chan Chan 2.5
Olinda 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Rabat 2.5
Shushtar 2.5
Tiwanaku 2.5
Urbino 2.5
Vigan 2.5
Goias 2
Zabid 2
Le Morne 1.5
  1. Abraj Al-Kuwait (T)
  2. Abydos, city of pilgrimage of the Pharaohs (T)
  3. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  4. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  5. Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)
  6. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  7. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  8. Ancient Lavrion (T)
  9. Apamee (Afamia) (T)
  10. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  11. Archaeological site of Ancient Messene (T)
  12. Ayeyawady River Corridor (T)
  13. Badshahi Mosque, Lahore (T)
  14. Baquedano Street (T)
  15. Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) (T)
  16. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  17. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  18. Caesarea (T)
  19. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  20. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  21. Cathédrale de Bamako (T)
  22. Catholic Doctrine Temples (T)
  23. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  24. Centre historique de Saida (T)
  25. Chachapoyas sites of the Utcubamba Valley (T)
  26. Chalchuapa (T)
  27. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  28. Chobe Linyanti System (T)
  29. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  30. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  31. City of Granada and its natural environment (T)
  32. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  33. Ciudad Bolivar in the narrowness of the Orinoco River (T)
  34. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  35. Cour royale de Tiébélé (T)
  36. Cretaceous Dinosaur Fossil Sites in the Mongolian Gobi (T)
  37. Cultural Landscape of Alamout (T)
  38. Dahab (T)
  39. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  40. Dali Chanshan Mountain and Erhai Lake Scenic Spot (T)
  41. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  42. Desert Landscapes of the Mongolian Great Gobi (T)
  43. Dinder National Park (T)
  44. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  45. Domaine de Fontainebleau : château, jardins, parc et forêt (T)
  46. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  47. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
  48. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  49. Egyptian Hajj Road (T)
  50. Ensemble of Phanom Rung, Muang Tam and Plai Bat Sanctuaries (T)
  51. Etosha Pan (T)
  52. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  53. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  54. Gulf of Fonseca (T)
  55. Hejaz Railway (T)
  56. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  57. Historic Georgetown (T)
  58. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  59. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  60. Inle Lake (T)
  61. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  62. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  63. Jerusalem (T)
  64. Kakum National Park (T)
  65. Karez Wells (T)
  66. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  67. Khor Dubai (T)
  68. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  69. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  70. La Camargue (T)
  71. La Moneda Palace (T)
  72. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  73. Lake Titicaca (T)
  74. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  75. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  76. Le lac Tanganyika (T)
  77. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  78. Le Paysage culturel des chutes de la Lobé (T)
  79. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  80. Les ruines d'Ouara (T)
  81. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  82. Maaloula (T)
  83. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  84. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  85. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  86. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  87. Mole National Park (T)
  88. Monuments of Srirangapatna Island Town (T)
  89. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  90. Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  91. Mughal and Colonial Temples of Bangladesh (T)
  92. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  93. Noréas de Hama (T)
  94. Orvieto (T)
  95. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  96. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  97. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  98. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  99. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  100. Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)
  101. Puente de Occidente (Western Bridge) (T)
  102. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  103. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  104. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  105. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  106. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  107. Route of Magellan (T)
  108. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  109. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  110. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  111. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  112. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  113. San Pedro de Atacama (T)
  114. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  115. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  116. Shush (T)
  117. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  118. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  119. Siwa archaeological area (T)
  120. South of Ricaurte Province (T)
  121. Sri Harimandir Sahib (T)
  122. St. George Fortified System (T)
  123. St. George Historic District (T)
  124. Sudd wetland (T)
  125. Sultanats Historiques des Comores (T)
  126. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
  127. Sya, centre historique de Bobo-Dioulasso (T)
  128. Syrian Hajj Road (T)
  129. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  130. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  131. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  132. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  133. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  134. The Archaeological Heritage of Niah National Park’s Caves Complex, Sarawak, Malaysia (T)
  135. The architectural legacy of Rogelio Salmona: an ethical, political, social and poetic manifesto (T)
  136. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  137. The Chinese Section of the Silk Roads (T)
  138. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  139. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  140. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  141. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  142. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  143. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  144. The Historic Centre of Cajamarca (T)
  145. The Historic City of Thula (T)
  146. The historic ensemble of Orchha (T)
  147. The Historical City of Masouleh (T)
  148. The Historical City of Maybod (T)
  149. The Lijiang River Scenic Zone at Guilin (T)
  150. The Lofoten islands (T)
  151. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  152. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi Anapat and the adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley (T)
  153. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  154. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  155. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  156. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  157. Torfajökull Volcanic System / Fjallabak Nature Reserve (T)
  158. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  159. University City of Bogotá (T)
  160. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  161. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  162. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  163. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  164. Wazir Khans Mosque, Lahore (T)
  165. Western Area Peninsula National Park (T)
  166. White Sands National Monument (T)
  167. Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)
  168. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  169. Zaruma ciudad minera (T)