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I have been interested in WHS for some time now and my focus is to visit those in South America, though I usually travel overseas at least once a year. There's a scarce number of WHS in South America comparing to Europe, and some of them are quite difficult to reach, but most are really rewarding.
In Brazil I have already visited 18 out of the 19 inscribed sites. My goal is to visit them all.
Whenever I can, I will review South American WHS in this excellent website and I also review them in my own website (, in Portuguese language.

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Pampulha João Aender Campos Cremasco

Pampulha Architectural Ensemble is Brazil probably Brazil's next nomination for inscription in WHS list. Pampulha is the name of a upper-class suburb of Belo Horizonte city and was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, a famous architect (who died in 2012 at 104), also responsible for the construction of Brasilia (another WHS). The most famous elemento of Pampulha ensemble is Sao Francisco Church, a tiny temple by the lake shore, which is considered one of Niemeyer's early masterpieces and inspiration for many other buildings in the same style worldwide. I was there last weekend, in a sunny and relaxing Sunday afternoon.

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Discovery Coast João Aender Campos Cremasco

It was surprising to me to see this WHS hasn't been yet reviewed. Discovery Coast is by no means a difficult place to reach or uninteresting area to be looked down, all the way around. It is made up of several Atlantic Rainforest reserves, most of them close to Porto Seguro, a vibrant city (and with a famous carnival) that is also situated in the area where the first Portuguese colonizers arrived in Brazil (year 1500).

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Central Amazon Conservation Complex João Aender Campos Cremasco

During carnival this year, unlike most Brazilians, I opted not to party, but, instead, to reach Central Amazon Conservation Complex, the WHS Brazil dedicated to its largest bioma.

First stop is Manaus, a large 2-million people city situated in the heart of Amazon forest. After that, with a rental car one must drive 200 km (paved roads in good condition) to a town called Novo Airão, from where you can easily visit the Anavilhanas National Park (it is no longer an Ecological Station since 2008). Anavilhanas comprises an average of 400 river islands and islets, depending on the dry or wet season. All of them are located within the Rio Negro (Black River), the largest blackwater river in the world and one of the most important tributary rivers of Amazon River.

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Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis João Aender Campos Cremasco

Last weekend I visited the Brazilian part of this WHS, that is São Miguel das Missões. I had previously visited the Argentinian ruins of San Ignacio Miní, and these two sites are probably the best preserved of all inscribed Jesuit Missions of the Guarani ruins (the Paraguayan ones are a separate WHS).

The former São Miguel das Missões church has a remarkable façade and also a very interesting museum of guarani christian art, including a bell used when the mission was active.

There are some other ruins nearby, worth visiting, but only the São Miguel ruins were declared WHS in Brazil.

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São Luis João Aender Campos Cremasco

I was in São Luís, capital of the State of Maranhão, for a weekend last August. Most tourists don't spend much time in São Luís, rather go as soon as possible to the nearby Lençóis Maranhenses, a paradisiac complex of fresh water lagoons formed on the dunes.

Anyway, São Luís was the only city in Brazil founded by the French (hence named after the French King St.Louis IX), but very little of French heritage is left.

The main attractions are the Government Palace, some historic museums and the "tiled buildings", designed with the purpose of isolating their interior from the intense heat (the city is close to the Equator).

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Name: João Aender Campos Cremasco

Country: Brazil

Visited WHS: 227

Most Impressive: Machu Picchu, Petra, Jerusalem, Rome, Uluru, Los Glaciares, Great Barrier Reef, Igua�u/Iguaz�, Pen�nsula Vald�s

Proposal New WHS: Paraty, Chapada Diamantina and Jalap�o (Brazil)

Update 2018-07-04 20:45:04

  1. Brazilian Atlantic Islands : 5.0
  2. Central Amazon Conservation Complex : 5.0
  3. Victoria Falls : 5.0
  4. Aachen Cathedral : 4.5
  5. Vallée de Mai : 4.5
  6. Cape Floral Region : 4.0
  7. Cerrado Protected Areas : 4.0
  8. Brasilia : 3.5
  9. Olinda : 3.5
  10. Atlantic Forest South-East : 3.0
  11. Joya de Ceren : 2.5
  12. Robben Island : 2.5
  13. Abbey of St Gall
  14. Alcala de Henares
  15. Alto Douro
  16. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  17. Ancient Kyoto
  18. Ancient Nara
  19. Ancient Thebes
  20. Angkor
  21. Anjar
  22. Antigua Guatemala
  23. Aranjuez
  24. Australian Convict Sites
  25. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  26. Avila
  27. Ayutthaya
  28. Baalbek
  29. Bahá’i Holy Places
  30. Belem
  31. Belfries
  32. Belize Barrier Reef
  33. Bethlehem
  34. Blenheim Palace
  35. Bridgetown
  36. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  37. Brugge
  38. Budapest
  39. Byblos
  40. Camino Real
  41. Canterbury
  42. Caral-Supe
  43. Cartagena
  44. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  45. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  46. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  47. Chan Chan
  48. Chichen-Itza
  49. Churches of Chiloé
  50. Cidade Velha
  51. City of Bath
  52. City of Luxembourg
  53. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  54. Cologne Cathedral
  55. Colonia del Sacramento
  56. Congonhas
  57. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  58. Copan
  59. Cordoba
  60. Cuzco
  61. Diamantina
  62. Discovery Coast
  63. Dong Phayayen
  64. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  65. Dubrovnik
  66. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  67. Edinburgh
  68. El Escurial
  69. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  70. Evora
  71. Flemish Béguinages
  72. Florence
  73. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  74. Fraser Island
  75. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  76. Fujisan
  77. Genbaku Dome
  78. Goias
  79. Gondwana Rainforests
  80. Granada
  81. Grand Place, Brussels
  82. Great Barrier Reef
  83. Greater Blue Mountains
  84. Guanajuato
  85. Guimarães
  86. Gwynedd Castles
  87. Göreme NP
  88. Heritage of Mercury
  89. Himeji-jo
  90. Historic Cairo
  91. Horyu-ji Area
  92. Iguacu
  93. Iguazu National Park
  94. Independence Hall
  95. Istanbul
  96. Itsukushima Shrine
  97. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  98. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  99. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  100. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  101. Kew Gardens
  102. Kotor
  103. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  104. Kutna Hora
  105. La Fortaleza
  106. León Cathedral
  107. Lima
  108. Liverpool
  109. Los Glaciares
  110. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  111. Machu Picchu
  112. Major Town Houses
  113. Maritime Greenwich
  114. Masada
  115. Medina of Fez
  116. Medina of Marrakesh
  117. Meknes
  118. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  119. Monastery of Alcobaça
  120. Monastery of Batalha
  121. Mostar
  122. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  123. Nancy
  124. Nikko
  125. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  126. Novgorod
  127. Nubian Monuments
  128. Old City of Acre
  129. Old City of Berne
  130. Old City of Jerusalem
  131. Old Havana
  132. Oporto
  133. Ouro Preto
  134. Palenque
  135. Pampulha
  136. Panamá
  137. Paramaribo
  138. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  139. Peninsula Valdes
  140. Petra
  141. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  142. Plitvice Lakes
  143. Pompei
  144. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  145. Popocatepetl monasteries
  146. Potsdam
  147. Prague
  148. Preah Vihear Temple
  149. Puebla
  150. Pyramids (Memphis)
  151. Qadisha Valley
  152. Qhapaq Ñan
  153. Quebrada de Humahuaca
  154. Querétaro
  155. Quirigua
  156. Quito
  157. Québec
  158. Rabat
  159. Rapa Nui
  160. Rideau Canal
  161. Riga
  162. Rio de Janeiro
  163. Roman Walls of Lugo
  164. Rome
  165. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  166. Royal Exhibition Building
  167. Ruins of León Viejo
  168. São Francisco Square
  169. Salamanca
  170. Saltaire
  171. Salvador de Bahia
  172. San Gimignano
  173. San Miguel de Allende
  174. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  175. Santiago de Compostela
  176. Santo Domingo
  177. Schönbrunn
  178. Segovia
  179. Serra da Capivara
  180. Sian Ka'an
  181. Siena
  182. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  183. Sintra
  184. Skocjan Caves
  185. Split
  186. St. George, Bermuda
  187. St. Petersburg
  188. Stari Grad Plain
  189. Statue of Liberty
  190. Stoclet House
  191. Stonehenge
  192. Strasbourg
  193. Studley Royal Park
  194. Sukhothai
  195. Sydney Opera House
  196. São Luis
  197. Tallinn
  198. Teotihuacan
  199. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  200. The Four Lifts
  201. Tikal National Park
  202. Tiwanaku
  203. Toledo
  204. Tower of Hercules
  205. Tower of London
  206. Trier
  207. Trogir
  208. Tyre
  209. Uluru
  210. University of Coimbra
  211. Valparaiso
  212. Vatican City
  213. Venetian Works of Defence
  214. Venice and its Lagoon
  215. Versailles
  216. Vienna
  217. Vilnius
  218. Viñales Valley
  219. Volubilis
  220. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  221. Westminster
  222. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  223. White City of Tel-Aviv
  224. Willemstad
  225. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  226. Xochicalco
  227. Yellowstone
  1. Amazonia Theaters (T)
  2. Anavilhanas Ecological Station (T)
  3. Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (T)
  4. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  5. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  6. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  7. Bet She'an (T)
  8. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  9. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  10. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  11. Camp de concentration de Tarrafal (T)
  12. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  13. Central Park (T)
  14. Centre historique de Praia (T)
  15. Centre Historique de Saida (T)
  16. Centre historique de São Filipe (T)
  17. Chalchuapa (T)
  18. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  19. Chobe Linyanti System (T)
  20. City of Granada and its natural environment (T)
  21. City of Tigre and its rowing clubs (T)
  22. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  23. Cultural Itinerary of Ecuador's Trans-Andean Train (T)
  24. Cultural Landscape of Paranapiacaba: Village and railway systems in the Serra do Mar Mountain Range, São Paulo (T)
  25. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  26. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  27. Early Farmsteads of the Cape Winelands (T)
  28. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  29. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  30. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  31. Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape (T)
  32. Ellis Island (T)
  33. Ensemble du site naturel de la region du Chouf (T)
  34. Ensemble du site naturel de la Vallee du Nahr el Kelb (T)
  35. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  36. Fortress of S.Miguel (T)
  37. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  38. Gold Route in Parati and its landscape (T)
  39. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  40. Grenadines Island Group (T)
  41. Grenadines Island Group (T)
  42. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  43. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  44. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  45. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  46. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  47. Jerusalem (T)
  48. La Moneda Palace (T)
  49. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  50. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  51. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  52. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  53. Mission Ruins of Venn's Town (T)
  54. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  55. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  56. Ngwenya Mines (T)
  57. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  58. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  59. Parc National de la Serra da Bocaina (Sao Paulo - Rio de Janeiro) (T)
  60. Parc Naturel de Fogo – Chã das Caldeiras (T)
  61. Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses – Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (T)
  62. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  63. Plantations in West Curacao (T)
  64. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  65. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  66. Region Lacan-Tún - Usumacinta (T)
  67. Route of the Franciscan Evangelisation (T)
  68. Route of the to Dominique Evangelisation (T)
  69. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)
  70. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  71. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  72. Salines de Pedra de Lume (T)
  73. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  74. Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga (T)
  75. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  76. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  77. Seaflower Marine Protected Area (T)
  78. Serra da Capivara National Park and Permanent Preservation Areas (T)
  79. Sistema Ferrocarril Pte. Carlos Antonio Lopez (T)
  80. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  81. St. George Fortified System (T)
  82. St. George Historic District (T)
  83. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  84. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  85. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  86. The Burren (T)
  87. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  88. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  89. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  90. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  91. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  92. The La Soufrière National Park (T)
  93. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  94. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  95. The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac (T)
  96. The Route of The Rivers (T)
  97. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  98. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  99. Town of Chichicastenango (T)
  100. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  101. Turks and Caicos Islands (T)
  102. Valle Calchaquí (T)
  103. Ver-o-Peso (T)
  104. Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat (T)
  1. Atacama Desert
  2. Devils Island (on French Guiana)
  3. Ephesus
  4. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  5. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol
  6. Jericho
  7. Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains
  8. La Brea Pitch Lake
  9. Lake Titicaca
  10. Panama Canal
  11. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  12. Scrovegni's Chapel
  13. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  14. Varanasi