Frédéric M Profile

Biologist, entomologist, outdoor enthusiast, scuba-diver, birder and traveler from Québec interested in discovering the world and its wonders! I did my first oversea backpacking trip in 2018 following my master and I don't want to stop any time soon. I am mostly interested in ecology, national parks and thus natural WHS, but being a WHS hunter opens my mind to architecture, history of art, urban planning, industrial heritage and the epic history of the World!

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Los Petenes-Ría Celestún (T)

Frédéric M Canada - 06-Jan-24

Los Petenes-Ría Celestún (T)

I visited Los Petenes-Ría Celestún during a trip to Yucatán in November 2023. The Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún and the Reserva de la Biósfera Los Petenes cover the north-western part of the Yucatán peninsula, straddling the states of Yucatán and Campeche. The easiest point of access is the village of Celestún. It is possible to stay overnight, but a day trip may be sufficient.

In addition to private cars, there are several ways to get there, with Mérida being the most convenient starting point. Most of the city's tour operators and hotels offer excursions to Celestún. In November, this package cost MXN$1,650 per person and included transport to Celestún, boat trip, guide, and dinner, departing at 8AM and returning at 4:30PM. It is also possible to reach the village by public transport. Buses supposedly depart from Terminal Oriente. Departures were posted on the wall, but no one was at the counter when we tried to get information. Most of these buses would make a detour via Hunucmá, taking over three hours to reach their destination. So we opted for a collectivo. However, we had trouble finding the stop (it's here: 20

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Cueva de las Manos

Frédéric M Canada - 29-Dec-23

Cueva de las Manos

I visited the Cueva de las Manos in February 2022. My base for this visit was the uninteresting little town of Perito Moreno (which, it should be remembered, has nothing to do with the famous glacier of the same name). I arrived there in the evening after several hours on the bus from Esquel (an ideal base for visiting Los Alerces). I had booked an excursion via WhatsApp with Chelenco Tours. Our guide was really friendly and the tour was well organized. I can therefore recommend this agency without any problem.

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Yogyakarta

Frédéric M Canada - 27-Dec-23

Yogyakarta

We spent four days and four nights in Yogyakarta in February 2023. We arrived in the evening, having spent the day on trains from Bogor (Kebun Raya Bogor TWHS).

Our first day was spent visiting the Kraton complex and the surrounding area. We got in just on time for an impressive traditional percussion show. Their music is captivating and quite unique. This was followed by a boring puppet show that we didn't watch until the end. The Kraton is very large and rather pretty. However, it's a little difficult to understand what you're visiting, as there's very little interpretation. There is a museum on site, but it's only in Indonesian and seems to focus more on the life of the sultan (they even display his kitchen utensils), than on Javanese architecture.

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Tak'alik Ab'aj

Frédéric M Canada - 27-Dec-23

Tak

I visited Tak'alik Ab'aj during a trip to Guatemala in November 2021, my first trip abroad after the Covid-19 outbreak. I chose to visit this archaeological site on a day trip from Panajachel, a good choice as a base for visiting the Lake Atitlan TWHS. After numerous visits to travel agencies in town, I finally found someone who could take me there at an affordable price, and I was off the next day for the visit.

Only one other car was in the parking lot when we arrived. Several guides were also waiting at the entrance to accompany visitors. One of them was assigned to me free of charge

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ESMA Site Museum

Frédéric M Canada - 09-Dec-23

ESMA Site Museum

Joel's review of this excellent and disturbing museum is itself excellent (but fortunately not very disturbing!). He describes the site itself and its history exceedingly well, and I even share his opinion about the site's outstanding universal value. So I'll just add a few details about my visit.

I visited ESMA in March 2022, before its inscription on the World Heritage List. Like Joel, I was struck by the human side of the museum, with its emphasis on the testimonies of victims and survivors, the former far outnumbering the latter

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Name
Frédéric M
Country
Canada
Most Impressive
Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Göreme, Gunung Mulu, Los Glaciares, Machu Picchu, Rome, Tikal

8 Countries Complete

Argentina . Belize . Guatemala . Holy See . Malaysia . Paraguay . Singapore . Uruguay .

Rating Stats
Iguacu 5
Pompei 5
Rome 5
Copán 4
Cuzco 4
Oporto 4
Puebla 4
Sintra 4
Uxmal 4
Belem 3
Chavin 3
Evora 3
Lima 3
Mafra 3
Mostar 3
Naples 3
Quito 3
Split 3
Troy 2
Trogir 1
  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Amazonia Theaters (T)
  3. Anavilhanas Ecological Station (T)
  4. Ancient City of Kaunos (T)
  5. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  6. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  7. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  8. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  9. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  10. Canal del Dique - Dike Canal (T)
  11. Castle of San Felipe de Lara (T)
  12. Catholic Doctrine Temples (T)
  13. Central Park (T)
  14. Chachapoyas sites of the Utcubamba Valley (T)
  15. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  16. Church of Santa Prisca and its Surroundings (T)
  17. City of Tigre and its rowing clubs (T)
  18. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  19. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  20. Ellis Island (T)
  21. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  22. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  23. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System (T)
  24. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  25. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  26. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  27. Jewish Cemetery in Sarajevo (T)
  28. Kebun Raya Bogor (T)
  29. Kekova (T)
  30. Kornati and Telašćica (T)
  31. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  32. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  33. Los Petenes-Ría Celestún (T)
  34. Montado, Cultural Landscape (T)
  35. Nasca Aqueducts (T)
  36. National Theater of Guatemala (T)
  37. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  38. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  39. Oswaldo Cruz Foundation: health, science and culture in Manguinhos (T)
  40. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  41. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  42. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  43. Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)
  44. Puente de Occidente (Western Bridge) (T)
  45. Quartier de Peñarol: la Vieille Ville historique et le paysage industriel ferroviaire (T)
  46. Region Lacan-Tún - Usumacinta (T)
  47. Route of Magellan (T)
  48. Route of the Franciscan Evangelisation (T)
  49. Route of the Peace and National Identity (T)
  50. Route of the to Dominique Evangelisation (T)
  51. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Portugal (T)
  52. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  53. Seaflower Marine Protected Area (T)
  54. Sistema Ferrocarril Pte. Carlos Antonio Lopez (T)
  55. Sites of Globalization (T)
  56. South of Ricaurte Province (T)
  57. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  58. The Archaeological Heritage of Niah National Park’s Caves Complex, Sarawak, Malaysia (T)
  59. The architectural legacy of Rogelio Salmona: an ethical, political, social and poetic manifesto (T)
  60. The Coastal Lomas System of Peru (T)
  61. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  62. The Historic Centre of Cajamarca (T)
  63. The Mayan-Olmecan Encounter (T)
  64. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  65. The Padang Civic Ensemble (T)
  66. Town of Chichicastenango (T)
  67. Transatlantic Cable Ensemble (C) (T)
  68. University City of Bogotá (T)
  69. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  70. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  71. Wineries and Vineyards for traditional Pisco Production (T)
  72. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)