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Author nfmungard
Partaker
#91 | Posted: 26 May 2020 22:07 
Jurre:
Full Name of Site: Rural Temples of Cusco

I will second this. Barroco Andino deserves it space on the list. The fusion of native and Christian imagery I saw in Andahuaylillas was great.

Assif:
Name: Palaeoindian cave shelters of Southern Patagonia

Monte Verde is rather dull with little to nothing to see. I also don't think it's in Southern Patagonia, being around Puerto Montt.

Author nfmungard
Partaker
#92 | Posted: 26 May 2020 22:34 
Full Name of Site: Lauca NP / Sajama NP
Country: Bolivia, Chile
TWHS? No
Short description of site: Twin volcanoes in the North of Chile and West of Bolivia. Many native species. Stunning images.

"With a surface area of 137,883 ha (303,342 acres), this Global Biosphere Reserve covers the pre-Andean mountain chain and the high plateau of the northeast end of the region of Tarapacá. It has a dry climate with well-defined day and night thermal variations. This park is well-known for being home to a great wealth of flora and fauna, its highly interesting culture and history, and sites of uncultivated beauty. More than 130 different bird species live in this park, in addition to the distinctive vicuñas, vizcachas, and condors. A major attraction of the park is the astonishing Lake Chungará, one of the highest lakes in the world, located at the foot of the Payachata twin volcanoes."
https://www.gochile.cl/en/lauca-national-park/
"The park is home to indigenous people, known as the Aymara, whose influential ancient culture can be seen in various aspects throughout the park. The park contains unique cultural artifacts and ecological wonders, making it an exemplary location for ecotourism. Many different indigenous plants and animals are exclusive to this area; therefore, its continued conservation is of great ecological importance."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sajama_National_Park

Criteria: Natural. It oculd be argued that this could be a Mixed due to native population and colonization buildings.

Resources: Image

Full Name of Site: Maya Ruins at Bonampak and Yaxchilan
Country: Mexico
TWHS? No
Short description of site:
When it comes to the great Maya ruins these two are missing from the list. It's specifically the stone masonry and sculptures that set it apart.
Bonampak has important murals that also contributed significantly to our understanding of Maya history.
Yaxchilan is located on a river and also known for it's stone sculpture work.
OUV: Paleqnue, Tikal
Criteria: Cultural

Full Name of Site: San Cristóbal de las Casas
Country: Mexico
TWHS? No
Short description of site:
Yet another colonial site for Mexico... Still, it looks different from other Mexican colonial sites. In addition, it's home to the Tzotzil Maya with the surrounding towns of Zinacantán and Chamula adding to the mix.
"The city, especially the historic center, has maintained its Spanish colonial layout, with narrow cobblestone streets, roofs covered in red clay tile and wrought iron balconies with flowers. The facades of the buildings vary from Baroque to Neoclassical and Moorish, painted in various colors.[2][3][4] Milk delivery from local dairy farms still use canisters on donkeys, and farmers typically still use horses and donkeys for hauling wood and farmed goods within their own properties .[3] The city subdivides into three sections but the majority of the population lives in the central section near the city center. Many of the surrounding hills have lost their native trees, in part due to cutting firewood and logging operations which feed the local manufacturing and construction industries."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Crist%C3%B3bal_de_las_Casas
Criteria: Cultural

Author Assif
Partaker
#93 | Posted: 27 May 2020 02:22 
nfmungard:
Maya Ruins at Bonampak and Yaxchilan

Bonampak has already been proposed and seconded but we could extend it to include Yexchilan too.

FredericM:
Full Name of Site: Iberá National Park

An extensive and well preserved wetland. It is similar to the Pantanal, but I think it is still significant enough on its own right. I will second it.

Author Assif
Partaker
#94 | Posted: 27 May 2020 02:51 | Edited by: Assif 
Name:Toro Muerto
Country: Peru
TWHS: yes (6408)
Description: With over 2500 engraved rocks in an area of 50 km2, Toro Muerto is the largest concentration of petroglyphs in South America. The large concentration of petroglyphs stands out also on a universal scale. The rockart is considered as artistically masterful and was created over a long period between 700 and 1500 on soft desert rocks. Toro Muerto is a remarkable example of a petroglyph site created by agroalfareras (agricultural-ceramic) societies in which their worldview symbols and daily life scenes were portrayed.
Criteria: cultural

Name: Pomier Caves
Country: Dominican Republic
TWHS: yes (6294)
Description: The Pomier Caves are a series of 55 caves located north of San Cristobal in the south of the Dominican Republic. They contain the largest collection of rock art in the Caribbean created since 2,000 years ago primarily by the Taíno people but also the Carib people and the Igneri, the pre-Columbian indigenous inhabitants of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and some of the Lesser Antilles.
Criteria: cultural

Author winterkjm
Partaker
#95 | Posted: 27 May 2020 03:27 
Assif:
Toro Muerto is the largest concentration of petroglyphs in the Americas.

This is a tenuous claim at best. Coso Rock Art District has far more petroglyphs than Toro Muerto, some 100,000. Little Petroglyph Canyon, which is the only portion of the historic district the public can visit, contains 20,000 documented images alone (here are some of them).

That being said, Toro Muerto is widely considered one of the great concentrations of rock art in the Americas (and arguably the world). Therefore, I will second this proposal.

Author Assif
Partaker
#96 | Posted: 27 May 2020 03:37 | Edited by: Assif 
winterkjm:
This is a tenuous claim at best.

Completely right about that. I miscited a source. It`s the largest in South America, not in the Americas. I have corrected it.

Name: Chipaya vernacular architecture
Country: Bolivia
TWHS: formerly
Description: The putukus are circular houses, which have been documented since 2000 BC. Another typical house form is the parabolic huayllicha. Villages with traditional architecture include Aransaya, Manasaya, Wistrullani and Ayparavi.
https://www.eldiario.net/noticias/2018/2018_06/nt180625/metrocuadrado.php?n=67&-arquitectura-chipaya-un-legado-fantastico
https://www.uruchipaya.gob.bo/nuestra-cultura/
Criteria: cultural

Author elsslots
Admin
#97 | Posted: 27 May 2020 07:12 
nfmungard:
Full Name of Site: Lauca NP / Sajama NP
Country: Bolivia, Chile
TWHS? No
Short description of site: Twin volcanoes in the North of Chile and West of Bolivia. Many native species. Stunning images.

Sajama is a TWHS: https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1813/

Author Jurre
Partaker
#98 | Posted: 27 May 2020 11:38 | Edited by: Jurre 
EDIT: No proposal, as it is already part of a WHS.

Full Name of Site: Atol das Rocas Biological Reserve
Country: Brazil
TWHS? Yes
Short description of site: The reserve is located on the Rocas Atoll, an atoll 144 miles north east of the Brazilian coast. It covers the small islands and ocean area around the only true atoll in the Atlantic. The reserve was created in 1979 to protect nesting sea turtles and migratory seabirds. The coral atoll is built on the upper, western part of the flat top of a volcanic seamount. The reserve is a Ramsar Wetland, with an estimated 143,000 birds that use the atoll, mainly masked booby, brown booby, brown noddy, black noddy and sooty tern. Protected species include the loggerhead sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, green sea turtle, red-billed tropicbird, white-tailed tropicbird, the crabs Johngarthia lagostoma and Percnon gibbesi, the starfish Echinaster guyanensis, lemon shark, sea ginger and the coral Phyllogorgia dilatata.
Criteria: Natural

Resources: Atol das Rocas Biological Reserve (Unesco), Atol das Rocas Biological Reserve (Wikipedia)

Author elsslots
Admin
#99 | Posted: 27 May 2020 11:43 
Jurre:
Atol das Rocas Biological Reserve

It's already inscribed! https://www.worldheritagesite.org/list/Brazilian+Atlantic+Islands

Author Jurre
Partaker
#100 | Posted: 27 May 2020 11:57 
elsslots:
It's already inscribed!

Huh, so it is!

Author Jurre
Partaker
#101 | Posted: 27 May 2020 11:59 
jonathanfr:
It appears in our connection "Already inscribed, still on T List":
https://www.worldheritagesite.org/connection/Already+inscribed%2C+still+on+T+List

Atol das Rocas should be added then.

Author elsslots
Admin
#102 | Posted: 27 May 2020 12:04 
Indeed!

Author Jurre
Partaker
#103 | Posted: 27 May 2020 12:06 
elsslots:
Indeed!

Good that you're here to correct us!

Author Jurre
Partaker
#104 | Posted: 27 May 2020 13:46 
FredericM:
Full Name of Site: Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago

Could they also be inscribed already in the site "Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves"?

Unesco says the site includes the Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, and Wikipedia says that the "Fernando de Noronha Environmental Protection Area (...) includes a large marine extension to the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago, which is also in the National Park."

Author FredericM
Partaker
#105 | Posted: 27 May 2020 14:38 
Jurre:
Could they also be inscribed already in the site "Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves"?

Looking at the map on the UNESCO site, they are not. Also, I think the OUV of this archipelago is mainly geological (their biodiversity is limited and have only a few endemic species) and the Brazilian Atlantic Islands are not listed under criteria viii.

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