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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Uxmal

Watkinstravel Canada - 22-Sep-19

Uxmal

We visited as a day trip from Merida in August 2019. Having come from the southern Mayan sites of Palenque and Calakmul it is hard to believe this is still the same culture because the style and decor are so different. Uxmal is well restored and there was a good photo display in the tiny museum showing before and after pictures of a lot of the site. Very interesting. They continue to work on it, especially around the Governor's Palace, judging by the most recent photos taken in 2012. It's not really as large a site as it looks but we spent a couple hours to see it all

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Campeche

Watkinstravel Canada - 22-Sep-19

Campeche

As a quick stopover between other destinations in the Yucatan, Campeche feels like a quiet, safe provincial city but as a WHS destination, Campeche is relatively uninspiring. As previously mentioned, Spanish colonial towns have been overdone on the list though I suppose the kind of arguments for a major port stop for the Spanish treasure fleet that worked elsewhere make sense to use here. It's just another piece that will feel familiar to anyone that has been to any of the others. 

A half a day is enough though we made it a stopover for the night. The historic centre is cute but very small and unfortunately has too much car traffic to be as pleasant as I'd prefer. For a small tip you can walk on a section of the walls

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Calakmul

Watkinstravel Canada - 22-Sep-19

Calakmul

For such a remote site, Calakmul was surprisingly easy to get to. I had considered leaving it off our itinerary at one point thinking that it would be too time consuming and complicated to visit without a rental vehicle. We visited in August 2019 after making our way to Xpujil from Palenque by bus. 

Calakmul might be off the beaten path but it isn't unheard of and Xpujil has become a mini tourist hub for the couple dozen tourists that visit the site

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Palenque

Watkinstravel Canada - 29-Aug-19

Palenque

Maybe it was the perfect weather or the howler monkeys or the thousands of butterflies, but Palenque ended up unexpectedly being our favourite Mayan site on this trip and second overall (after Tikal). It has probably found the best balance between restoration and jungle setting, protection and letting you climb/explore, while being large enough to explore for hours without having to get lost or walk long distances through areas of no interest, Touristy but not too crowded also. Unfortunately we visited on a Monday and the museum was closed. 

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Antigua Guatemala

Watkinstravel Canada - 29-Aug-19

Antigua Guatemala

Compared to other colonial towns in Central America (and quite possibly the whole new world) Antigua has no equal. We arrived at night and the first impression was of how wide the streets are. Totally unlike other old towns which usually feel so cramped. It is beautifully preserved and maintained and the historic area is much larger than I expected. Make no mistake, this is a well-oiled tourism machine used to lots of visitors passing through. But rather than going the overly tacky route, they cater to foreigners with nice hotels, pretty cafes, good food and clean streets

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

Update 07.10.19
Rating Stats
Bagan 5
Iguacu 5
Brugge 4.5
Calakmul 4.5
Lalibela 4.5
Byblos 4
Copan 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
Uxmal 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)