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Mexico City and Xochimilco
Frédéric M Canada - 13-Dec-19
I visited Mexico between February and April 2019. I visited most WH colonial towns around Mexico City and the capital itself was the fifth one.
From what I've read when preparing this visit, I was expecting Mexico City to be chaotic, loud, noisy and dirty. However, I exited the Metro near Alameda Central, only to find flowering jacarandas and ladies sweeping the street. In the end, Mexico City proved to be a fantastic world-class city, with good atmosphere. Excepting the Metro at the rush hour, it is not very chaotic, and it's definitely not dirty or too noisy.Read On
Antequera Dolmens Site
Jakob Frenzel Germany - 16-Jan-20
March 2017 - it was our 3rd Whs on the honeymoon trip. After we had spent the night in Ronda, a very pictueresque town north of Gibraltar, we drove past the Caminito del Rey. Unfortunately it was loaded with visitors, so we had to skip the hike. On very small roads, passing several herds of sheep, we finally reached El Torcal. And surprisingly, there was even a bit of snow when we arrived.
The visitor center has some information on the natural sight but also about the solar significance of the rocks. We took a nice hike between the interesting rock formations, and have to admit, that just the natural beauty of the side would be worse the inscriptionRead On
Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
Jay T USA - 15-Jan-20
What makes a great World Heritage Site? Is it a sense of wonder, of awe, of joy? Is it basking in the presence of history, or reveling in the grandeur of nature (and I do love nature!)? Is it the quiet spaces inviting reflection? The revelation of a new culture? The memories that linger through the years?
I ask these questions since this week I'm writing about my favorite World Heritage Site, the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, which has expanded from a single site inscribed for fossils to a total of seven national and [...]Read On
Frédéric M Canada - 13-Dec-19
I visited Mexico between February and April 2019. I visited most WH colonial towns around Mexico City and Querétaro was the fourth one.
Querétaro is the most underwhelming town among Mexican WH cities and the one I enjoyed the least. It felt quite like every Mexican town to me, and I couldn't see the OUV. Monuments and churches in the center were either closed or boring, excepting maybe el Templo de Santa Rosa de Viterbo who as an interesting baroque exterior. Jardin Zenea and Plaza de la Constitucion were pleasant public squares, but doesn't deserve a stop in town by themselves. Under reviews bellow describe well my thoughts about Querétaro.Read On
Forts and Castles Gold Coast
Richard Stone South Aftica - 15-Jan-20
Visited March 2019.
I guess i shouldn't have been so shocked given humanity's track record of inhumanity to others.
Visiting these sites is interesting from a historical perspective but it is mind numbing from a human perspective. Expect to be appalled.
The builders and occupants of these forts went to very great lengths to taunt and crush the spirits of the slaves: The hell of the dungeons, packed full with slaves, no light or air, an unbelievable stench, a floor thick with faeces, vomit and blood, while directly above the heavenly chapel and the commander's godly quarters.Very biblical connotations.Read On
El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
GabLabCebu Philippines - 15-Jan-20
If you've read my review on the T-list site Coron, the stunningly pristine karst landscapes and seascapes, and abode of the native Tagbanwa in northern Palawan, you might've noticed that I recommended an inscription together with fellow T-list site El Nido without having gone there. Well, now I have! I just came from El Nido a few days ago (probably over a week ago by the time this is published), and it's been an epic adventure. And I think I confirmed the recommendation I made prior to the visit. The stunningly pristine karst landscapes and seascapes, and abode of the native Tagbanwa in northern Palawan, that is El Nido too. Even the name "El Nido" derives from the birds' nests used to make soupRead On
Incense Route of the Negev
Ilya Burlak USA - 14-Jan-20
I visited Mamshit and Avdat on my trip to Israel in November 2019. Unlike the Biblical Tels, the archaeological sites of the Nabatean towns offer enough of standing remains to help imagine what the places looked like at the height of their prosperity, and in that respect are more visually interesting. Large portions of the sites are still shapeless piles of rocks, but there are also high walls, defined interior spaces, and some structures that survived in reasonable shape. Where the arches survive, they are definitely among the most eye-catching details. And the temples are usually the places where you can find the best remaining decorative details, such as floor mosaics or columns.Read On
San Miguel de Allende
Frédéric M Canada - 13-Dec-19
I visited Mexico between February and April 2019. I visited most WH colonial towns around Mexico City and San Miguel was the third one.
Even though really few monuments are remarkable, I quite enjoyed San Miguel. The little cobblestone street with orange or pink houses are really charming and la Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel is very beautiful. Other churches, especially around Plaza Civica, are interesting as well. However, this city is more enjoyable for its atmosphere. When I was there, pre-easter celebrations were happening with kids running around and crushing colorful eggs filled with confetti on each other! It was just good to sit there and smile with the happy crowd.Read On
Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System form Peru (RNSIIPG) (T)
Clyde Malta - 13-Jan-20
I visited this tWHS as an easy stopover between Lima and the Nazca Lines in June 2019. Several boat trips take tourists on a 2 hour (sometimes bumpy) speedboat ride around the Ballestas islands and islets known as Guano islands.
From my photo of one of the islets with quite a high hill, you can easily identify why these islands and islets are called Guano islands! Guano (bird poop) is a highly effective fertilizer due to its exceptionally high content of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium: key nutrients essential for plant growth in agriculture. Guano was also, to a lesser extent, sought for the production of gunpowder and other explosive materials.Read On
Frédéric M Canada - 13-Dec-19
I visited Mexico between February and April 2019. I visited most WH colonial towns around Mexico City and Morelia was the first one.
The historical center of Morelia is not a breathtaking place, but the city is beautiful and the feeling walking around was really enjoyable. With its pink stone facades, la Avenida Madero and la Plaza de Armas, the city looks unique among Mexican towns. The focal point of any visit to Morelia is without a doubt the cathedral. It is impressive, massive and harmoniously mixes many architectural styles. Make sure to look at the 4,600 pipes organ inside! The cathedral is also nicely illuminated at night.Read On
Ilya Burlak USA - 11-Jan-20
I arranged for a private half-day guided tour of Bethlehem in November of 2019, which included not just the Church of Nativity, but also a drive through the governorate countryside, several viewpoints, a visit to the Shepherds Field, and a stroll through the center of the town of Bethlehem.
Church of the Nativity itself is not unlike the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, in that it is a major pilgrimage destination that is shared by several Christian denominations. The Bethlehem church is less of a madhouse, though; the stream of visitors is steady, but nowhere near the volume you find at the Holy Sepulchre. You can view the remains of the floor mosaic of the original church from the 4th century, and descend to a number of secondary grottoes where you may even have the space to yourselfRead On
Carlo Sarion Philippines - 11-Jan-20
I noticed that very few of the UNESCO WHS I have visited are natural. Hence, when I was planning my trip to Thailand almost 2 years ago, I made it a priority to visit Khao Yai National Park, the most accessible among the five protected areas that compose the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex. Almost all of the other reviewers have visited Khao Yai in one way or another—as a day trip from Bangkok or staying in Pak Chong—so I am just going to add my review to share my experience taking a tour of the forest from Pak Chong.Read On
Belize Barrier Reef
Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian - 11-Jan-20
How could I NOT like this place as both a scuba diver and nature lover!
I went to 3 places although I'm confused about the third. Does Bacalar Chico marine reserve include Amergris Caye or not!? I only went on a night dive from San Pedro (full moon makes for the best night dives!!) I know the park has a ranger station with a museum but it doesn't seem worth it, not many trips go out there and I think chances to see a jaguar are as likely in any other park in Belize and espresso northern Guatemala, and by chance I mean like 0.001%.
Trade Pilgrimage Routes of North-Western Ghana (T)
Michael Novins United States - 08-Jan-20
While returning from Mole National Park to Tamale, I stopped briefly in Larabanga in northern Ghana to visit its whitewashed mud-plaster and wooden-beam mosque, which will celebrate its six hundredth anniversary in two years, making it the oldest mosque in the country and one of the oldest in West Africa and earning it the nickname the Mecca of West Africa.Read On
Meidan Emam, Esfahan
Carlo Sarion Philippines - 10-Jan-20
I thought of reviewing an Iranian UNESCO World Heritage Site in light of Trump’s recent threat to the country’s cultural sites. Sheer insanity I thought, but thankfully, Pentagon just completely ignored him as blasting cultural heritage sites constitutes a war crime.
Date of Visit: December 2016
The first site inscribed for Iran, Meidan Emam (also called Naqsh-e Jahan Square) is one of the world’s largest public urban squares in the world, and indeed a tourism iconRead On
Island of Saint-Louis
Jarek Pokrzywnicki Poland - 09-Jan-20
Site visited in April, 2018. Located some 300 km from Dakar to the north, close to Mauritanian border. From Dakar Gare Routiere there are mini buses (leave when full) but despite good asphalted road it took full day to reach Saint-Louis, including waiting time in Dakar (in most cases the cars leave when full). So when you start the journey in the morning it is possible to get to the place late in the afternoon or in the evening the same day.
While approaching Saint-Louis you will encounter huge garbage damp (some 10 km before the town). It is just for you to be prepared what you can expect in the town. And that is terrifyingRead On
Mole National Park (T)
Michael Novins United States - 08-Jan-20
I visited northern Ghana in November 2019. I flew from Accra to Tamale in northern Ghana, about two hours by road from Mole National Park, the country’s largest protected area. Although the national park doesn’t have many animals, it is one of the best places in West Africa to see elephants and is one of few parks that allows visitors to approach the world’s largest land animal on foot. I was able to walk within ten meters of a large, broken-tusked, indifferent male, who was destroying small trees about fifty meters from Zaina Lodge, where I spent a few days.Read On
Donana National Park
Jakob Frenzel Germany - 09-Jan-20
March 2017- for our honeymoon we went to Andalusia. After the First nicht at the coast, we went to the deserted Hotel town, just West of the NP, parked the car and went on an 1 hour hike along the coast, in the way back went walked through the wonderful dunes. The nationalpark seems to Stretch way beyond the Horizont, but hard to visit other parts, since there are no roads. Looking at the shrubs, just behind the dunes, we saw footpaths of the famous lynx but could not spot any Cats.
That was a wonderful experience already. We continued our journey to Rocio, a Western town, all in Sand with Gauchos riding on mules. There was a festival going on, very lucky, for us since the atmosphere was great.Read On
Jay T USA - 08-Jan-20
I love gardens, so I was rather excited to choose Aranjuez Cultural Landscape as the first central Iberian World Heritage Site to visit after I arrived in Madrid for a long weekend last May. In truth, the gardens were not as impressive as others I have visited, but I did appreciate the laidback atmosphere of this suburb that began as a royal estate in the 16th century. After arriving in town, I started my tour indoors with the palace, so as to avoid a passing rain shower. The palace had many fine rooms, but since I came to Aranjuez to view the gardens, as soon as the skies brightened I was back outside. The gardens next to the palace were beautiful, however I was slightly let down by the Island Garden, which was not as well upkept as I thought it might beRead On
Nan Germany - 08-Jan-20
After WW2 France was faced with a severe housing shortage. During the wars construction had been on a low level. After WW2 a baby boom set in and people left their villages for the big cities, specifically Paris. Last but not least, the end of colonialism meant a huge influx of French citizens from the colonies back to France, most notably Algeria.
To deal with this the French constructed huge banlieus (suburbs) on the outskirts of town. These were build in a modernist style all over France. The citizens were mostly poor; new arrivals from the former colonies or poor French from the country sideRead On