Watkinstravel 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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San Agustín

Watkinstravel Canada - 09-Jun-19

We were happy to reach San Agustin at the end of our bumpy 5 hr ride from Popayan. The town of San Agustin itself is nothing to get too excited about but the surrounding area is beautiful so I'd recommend staying just outside of town at one of the nicer and quieter resorts or above town to enjoy the views during your down time. 

The WHS consists of 3 sites which we saw over 2 days. Our first visit was to the main archaeological park 3km out of town. The entry fee is a bit much at 50,000 pesos but is valid for 2 days and all 3 sites. There is a nice museum on site and overall the sites are well maintained and presented though English signage is limited so read up ahead of time or hire a guide at the entrance.

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Zaruma ciudad minera (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 14-May-19

Zaruma is a small mining town that was once a major player in the Spanish colonial gold trade. Unlike typical Spanish colonial towns, Zaruma doesn't have a grid pattern though it still manages a small central plaza. Most of the older buildings are made of local wood and have a more typical local style of construction rather than a colonial one. In some areas even the sidewalks are still made of wood. Unfortunately wood doesn't age very well so in some ways the town looks older and more run down than it is but overall it was quite clean and still preserved well enough to get a good feel for what they are trying to convey with the nomination. 

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Kuelap Archaeological Complex (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 08-May-19

Kuelap is the ruins of a Chachapoyan sacred city on top of a mountain in a remote area of northern Peru. Although the main ruins are generally referred to as "the fortress" because of its high walls, the general consensus now is that the walls are not primarily defensive in nature but were used to help level the top of the mountain and that the city was a sacred one rather than militaristic with up to 3000 inhabitants. Findings have shown religious offerings and trade from other neighbouring cultures indicating widely recognized spiritual importance of the site. It is just a matter of time before Kuelap makes the List. It has all the characteristics of a significant archaeological site and easily satisfies OUV criteria iii and iv

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Watkinstravel Canada - 05-May-19


We stopped for a day and 2 nights on our way between the Pantanal and Brasilia. It is a pretty and well preserved former state capital on a very modest scale but on the day we visited the town felt deserted. We couldn't enter the churches or museums and had to content ourselves with a quick wander up and down the historic core (~1-2 hrs max) before settling down in the little plaza to eat ice cream and watch a few families play. An enjoyable enough day but a site only recommended for those with a lot of time to use going out of their way to get there or for the very serious WHS enthusiast. 

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Watkinstravel Canada - 03-May-19

Having recently visited, and seeing as the previous reviews are quite old, I thought it might be time for an update. But actually, it seems like nothing has really changed in 10+ years in Diamantina. Maybe that is the charm. It is far enough from anywhere that it still doesn't see many foreign visitors compared to Ouro Preto and the other colonial Minas towns. Even in colonial times it was remote, being the starting point of the "gold trail" leading to Paraty on the coast. 

The horses aren't parked in front of the marketplace anymore but the well preserved centre still retains its easy-going colonial charm. Is it an essential visit to understanding the rich history of Minas Gerais? No. Go to Ouro Preto. If you are short on time it is skipable

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Recently Visited WHS

Update 24.06.19
Rating Stats
Iguacu 5
Brugge 4.5
Lalibela 4.5
Byblos 4
Meroe 4
Chavin 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Djenné 3.5
Harar 3.5
Lima 3.5
Palmyra 3.5
Sana'a 3.5
Shibam 3.5
Sucre 3.5
Timbuktu 3.5
Aleppo 3
Bosra 3
Potosi 3
Tyre 3
Bagerhat 2.5
Chan Chan 2.5
Olinda 2.5
Rabat 2.5
Shushtar 2.5
Tiwanaku 2.5
Urbino 2.5
Vigan 2.5
Zabid 2.5
Goias 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. Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)
  5. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  6. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  7. Badshahi Mosque, Lahore (T)
  8. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments (T)
  9. Baquedano Street (T)
  10. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  11. Caesarea (T)
  12. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  13. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  14. Catholic Doctrine Temples (T)
  15. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  16. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  17. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  18. Ciudad Bolivar in the narrowness of the Orinoco River (T)
  19. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  20. Cretaceous Dinosaur Fossil Sites in the Mongolian Gobi (T)
  21. Cultural Landscape of Alamout (T)
  22. Dahab (T)
  23. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  24. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  25. Desert Landscapes of the Mongolian Great Gobi (T)
  26. Dinder National Park (T)
  27. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  28. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
  29. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  30. Etosha Pan (T)
  31. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  32. Gold Route in Parati and its landscape (T)
  33. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  34. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  35. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  36. Historic Georgetown (T)
  37. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  38. Inle Lake (T)
  39. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  40. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  41. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  42. Jerusalem (T)
  43. Kakum National Park (T)
  44. Karez Wells (T)
  45. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  46. Khor Dubai (T)
  47. Kuelap Archaeological Complex (T)
  48. La Moneda Palace (T)
  49. Lake Titicaca (T)
  50. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  51. Le lac Tanganyika (T)
  52. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  53. Le Paysage culturel des chuttes de la Lobé (T)
  54. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  55. Les ruines d'Ouara (T)
  56. Maaloula (T)
  57. Mahansthangarh and its Environs (T)
  58. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  59. Mole National Park (T)
  60. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  61. Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  62. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  63. Noréas de Hama (T)
  64. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  65. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  66. Puente de Occidente (Western Bridge) (T)
  67. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  68. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  69. Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala (T)
  70. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  71. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  72. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  73. San Pedro de Atacama (T)
  74. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  75. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  76. Shush (T)
  77. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  78. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  79. Siwa archaeological area (T)
  80. Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab (T)
  81. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
  82. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  83. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  84. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  85. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  86. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  87. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  88. The Historic Centre of Cajamarca (T)
  89. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  90. The Historical City of Masouleh (T)
  91. The Lofoten islands (T)
  92. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi Anapat and the adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley (T)
  93. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  94. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  95. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  96. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  97. University City of Bogotá (T)
  98. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  99. Virgilio Barco Library (T)
  100. White Sands National Monument (T)
  101. Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)
  102. Zaruma ciudad minera (T)