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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Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 07-Apr-19

Made a quick stop here while in downtown Rio (it's not far from the Valongo Wharf WHS). It's the strangest approach to a monastery as access is by elevator from a modern building on the street below (addresses are for that building if taking an uber or taxi) and the security guy points you in the right direction.

The monastery is free though only the small church is open to the public. The exterior is simple and would never suggest one of the most ornate interiors I've ever seen. Despite its smallish size you could spend a long time in there trying to pick out every detail. 

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The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi Anapat and the adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 05-Apr-19

Visited in the summer of 2012. Very beautiful and well preserved monastery in an area full of impressive monasteries and definitely a highlight of a visit to southern Armenia. Didn't take the cable car but it was accessible by bus from Goris and made an easy 1/2 day trip. Whether or not it makes the WH list (it should) the setting was stunning and quite peaceful and worth the visit. Easily hitchhiked back to town as I recall. 

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Ischigualasto / Talampaya

Watkinstravel Canada - 05-Apr-19

I'd never heard of this WHS until looking at the list just before entering Argentina. It wouldn't have made my itinerary either if not for Michael Novins' detailed review on how to get to Talampaya by public transport. Suddenly it seemed like a very doable stop between Mendoza and Jujuy and we are glad we made the effort. 

From Mendoza we took a bus to the tiny town of Patquia, planning to catch the Facundo bus on its way from La Rioja and saving us an hour of sleep and backtracking. What we got for our troubles was standing room on a very crowded and hot bus. It was running late but we easily had enough time for a tour before catching the return bus at 4pm (also running late). 

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Lake Titicaca (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 05-Apr-19

I can't imagine Lake Titicaca not being inscribed one day though it will be interesting to see which parts make the cut. So many culturally and historically significant areas are being altered and modernized by mass tourism that I worry it might be lowering their chances of actually getting it done.

While I generally agree that the tourist parts of the lake on the Bolivian side (Copacabana, Isla del Sol) are nicer than the touristy parts on the Peru side (Puno, Uros, etc) we were glad that after a brief debate over skipping it entirely we decided to give Peru's side ac hance. Puno is unpleasant and so many areas smelled like urine it was very offputting. Don't bother staying long and don't bother with the tours. By far the nicest area we found on the lake was in the Capachica peninsula at the village of Llachon. The is beginner's DIY. There are minibuses that go direct to Llachon from Puno (saving you from the longer boat trip that is also possible) and a handful of affordable family run guesthouses that provide food too

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Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 19-Mar-19

Finding myself in the beautiful WHS city of Sucre, I thought it would be a terrible waste to not visit the footprints at Cal Orck'o when they are so close and easy to access. We jumped on city bus 4 from about a block away from the central market and followed a winding route through town until it ended right at the entrance to the cement factory. The factory is still going strong (though the guide at the museum expressed hope that it would eventually be shut down) and if not for the fact that I could see the museum entrance inside, I would have been hesitant to walk around the busy cement trucks and in through the chain-link fence. 

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Update 06.04.19
Rating Stats
Iguacu 5
Brugge 4.5
Harar 3.5
Sana'a 3.5
Shibam 3.5
Sucre 3.5
Timbuktu 3.5
Potosi 3
Bagerhat 2.5
Olinda 2.5
Tiwanaku 2.5
Urbino 2.5
Zabid 2.5
  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. Badshahi Mosque, Lahore (T)
  7. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments (T)
  8. Baquedano Street (T)
  9. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  10. Caesarea (T)
  11. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  12. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  13. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  14. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  15. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  16. Ciudad Bolivar in the narrowness of the Orinoco River (T)
  17. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  18. Cretaceous Dinosaur Fossil Sites in the Mongolian Gobi (T)
  19. Cultural Landscape of Alamout (T)
  20. Dahab (T)
  21. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  22. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  23. Desert Landscapes of the Mongolian Great Gobi (T)
  24. Dinder National Park (T)
  25. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  26. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
  27. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  28. Etosha Pan (T)
  29. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  30. Gold Route in Parati and its landscape (T)
  31. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  32. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  33. Historic Georgetown (T)
  34. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  35. Inle Lake (T)
  36. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  37. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  38. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  39. Jerusalem (T)
  40. Kakum National Park (T)
  41. Karez Wells (T)
  42. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  43. Khor Dubai (T)
  44. La Moneda Palace (T)
  45. Lake Titicaca (T)
  46. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  47. Le lac Tanganyika (T)
  48. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  49. Le Paysage culturel des chuttes de la Lobé (T)
  50. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  51. Les ruines d'Ouara (T)
  52. Maaloula (T)
  53. Mahansthangarh and its Environs (T)
  54. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  55. Mole National Park (T)
  56. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  57. Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  58. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  59. Noréas de Hama (T)
  60. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  61. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  62. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  63. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  64. Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala (T)
  65. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  66. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  67. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  68. San Pedro de Atacama (T)
  69. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  70. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  71. Shush (T)
  72. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  73. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  74. Siwa archaeological area (T)
  75. Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab (T)
  76. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
  77. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  78. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  79. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  80. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  81. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  82. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  83. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  84. The Historical City of Masouleh (T)
  85. The Lofoten islands (T)
  86. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi Anapat and the adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley (T)
  87. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  88. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  89. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  90. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  91. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  92. White Sands National Monument (T)
  93. Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)