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João Aender Campos Cremasco Profile

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: 224

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 2018-01-04

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