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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City of Granada and its natural environment (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 07-Aug-19

City of Granada and its natural environment (T)

We got delayed in Nicaragua a little longer than planned so spent about a week in Granada. It is by far the most touristic and popular town in the country and not without reason. It is relaxed, pleasant and within striking distance of a number of other nearby attractions/activities. 

The colonial architecture dominates the majority of the city core to varying degrees of preservation. In common theme to other small touristic cities the world over, they have freshly painted the buildings of the most popular streets in multiple colours making it quite photogenic. There are a handful of churches to visit though most are in need of some fresh paint and upkeep. The lakefront was an undeveloped disappointment. 

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Panamá

Watkinstravel Canada - 26-Jul-19

Panamá

Of the 2 parts of this WHS I enjoyed the ruins of Panama Viejo more than the neighbourhood of Casco Viejo. We easily covered both sites in a day. The ruins are well preserved in a state of (mostly) unrestored rubble but it is not hard to get a feel for the layout of the settlement and there is a very good museum on site to help get the most out of it. As the original settlement of Panama and the first by the Spaniards on the Pacific coast, a visit here was essential to our overall appreciation and understanding of the colonization of the new world, a theme we'd been following quite closely for the last couple years in our travels. 

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Portobelo-San Lorenzo

Watkinstravel Canada - 26-Jul-19

Portobelo-San Lorenzo

We visited Portobelo July 2019 as an easy day trip from Panama City on public transit. There is actually very little to add to the previous reviews as it is the kind of place where nothing changes. If anything it feels even more neglected. Other than a couple of local visitors we were the only ones there, which left us free to sit and imagine days gone by. The natural harbour and its strategic importance is obvious at first glance and at Portobelo there are two little fortifications (Santiago and San Jeronimo) to quickly explore. In a rush it could be seen in 10 minutes but if you are the type that enjoys history unrestored and decaying it is a great place to linger. 

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Cartagena

Watkinstravel Canada - 12-Jul-19

Cartagena

After reading many travel reviews on Cartagena suggesting that less time is better (cost, crowds and hassle were frequently mentioned) we only gave ourselves one full day to see the old town. The highlights can certainly be seen in a busy day but I felt rushed and didn't do all that I'd hoped.

As a strategic Caribbean port for the [...]

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Santa Cruz de Mompox

Watkinstravel Canada - 01-Jul-19

Santa Cruz de Mompox

Although Mompox was an important and prosperous port upriver from Cartagena, it was never very large. It hasn't really grown and has a very relaxed and lethargic atmosphere. It's no wonder rocking chairs are popular here. We quickly took over a few of our own at a little cafe and just watched the river flow by. 

Arriving in the early morning off an overnight bus, our first impressions of Mompox were not positive. Bus offices are at least a few blocks inland while the historic core runs parallel to the river and is only a few hundred meters long and about 2 blocks wide. Outside of this clean, preserved colonial core, Mompox is mostly a rundown and dirty village as far as we could tell. But the core is beautiful. The original buildings are also run down but in an atmospheric kind of way. There are three small plazas along the waterfront and the churches and old marketplace have been nicely restored. There are also boat tours along the river in the afternoon. Staying in one of the colonial homes rounds out the experience

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Watkinstravel
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Canada
Most Impressive
So many to choose
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Bagan, Myanmar; Jerash, Jordan
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Recently Visited WHS

Update 16.08.19
Rating Stats
Bagan 5
Iguacu 5
Brugge 4.5
Lalibela 4.5
Byblos 4
Meroe 4
Yazd 4
Chavin 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Djenné 3.5
Hampi 3.5
Harar 3.5
Lima 3.5
Palmyra 3.5
Samarkand 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
Panamá 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 Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  7. Badshahi Mosque, Lahore (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. Catholic Doctrine Temples (T)
  14. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  15. Chachapoyas sites of the Utcubamba Valley (T)
  16. Chalchuapa (T)
  17. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  18. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  19. City of Granada and its natural environment (T)
  20. Ciudad Bolivar in the narrowness of the Orinoco River (T)
  21. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  22. Cretaceous Dinosaur Fossil Sites in the Mongolian Gobi (T)
  23. Cultural Landscape of Alamout (T)
  24. Cultural Landscape of the Lower Basin of the Chicamocha River (T)
  25. Dahab (T)
  26. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  27. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  28. Desert Landscapes of the Mongolian Great Gobi (T)
  29. Dinder National Park (T)
  30. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  31. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
  32. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  33. Etosha Pan (T)
  34. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  35. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System form Peru (RNSIIPG) (T)
  36. Gulf of Fonseca (T)
  37. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  38. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  39. Historic Georgetown (T)
  40. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  41. Inle Lake (T)
  42. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  43. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  44. Jerusalem (T)
  45. Kakum National Park (T)
  46. Karez Wells (T)
  47. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  48. Khor Dubai (T)
  49. La Moneda Palace (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. Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)
  67. Puente de Occidente (Western Bridge) (T)
  68. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  69. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  70. Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala (T)
  71. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  72. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  73. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  74. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  75. San Pedro de Atacama (T)
  76. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  77. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  78. Shush (T)
  79. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  80. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  81. Siwa archaeological area (T)
  82. South of Ricaurte Province (T)
  83. Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab (T)
  84. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
  85. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  86. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  87. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  88. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  89. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  90. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  91. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  92. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  93. The Historical City of Masouleh (T)
  94. The Lofoten islands (T)
  95. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi Anapat and the adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley (T)
  96. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  97. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  98. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  99. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  100. University City of Bogotá (T)
  101. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  102. Virgilio Barco Library (T)
  103. White Sands National Monument (T)
  104. Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)
  105. Zaruma ciudad minera (T)