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Chiribiquete National Park

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 13-Sep-19

Chiribiquete National Park

Chiribiquete NP is off limits for everyone. There are uncontacted tribes within the park and it is our modern belief to have them make the choice to contact us instead. I have a pessimistic thinking that there will be forest fires eradicating the tribe before that happens.

Even with the national park so taboo there have been some expeditions into the park to view the rock art, by experts and by the evaluation team to inscribe it. That's about it. No road leads even close to the park and flyovers are currently not permitted (which wouldn't let you see the park and rock art anyway).

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Kotor

Ilya Burlak USA - 12-Sep-19

Kotor

I visited Kotor area in July of this year on a day-trip from Dubrovnik. I first drove along practically entire perimeter of the uniquely-shaped bay to the town of Kotor, spent half a day there, then crossed the bay via ferry at its narrowest point, and stopped for a short time in the town of Herceg Novi (which is not part of the WHS proper but rather of its buffer zone).

The vistas around the bay are reminiscent of Italian lakes, only the mountains are higher and less lush, and the towns on average are less picturesque. The shores of the bay are dotted with historic fortifications, modern resorts, and relatively contemporary settlements. The town of Kotor that donated its name to the whole region is tucked away in the south corner of the eastern wing of the bay. In addition to headlining this WH site, its fortifications are separately inscribed as part of the serial Venetian Works of Defense property. The historic core of Kotor is a delightful maze of narrow streets that open up to occasional wide public spaces

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Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 06-Sep-19

Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)

Having just passed under the aqueduct by random chance on a quick subway ride, I must say the Agua Livres Aqueduct had quite an impact. Although it's true that many impressive aqueducts were made around the same time period as it, it is uniquely majestic as being situated in and serving the heart of a world-class city like Lisbon. If not on its own merits, I'd love to see the aqueduct with World Heritage status even as part of a more comprehensive Lisbon site, and I do think that design-wise, its vast arches are really quite a unique and graceful sight to behold.

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Silk Roads Sites in Kyrgyzstan (T)

Walter Switzerland - 12-Sep-19

Silk Roads Sites in Kyrgyzstan (T)

This serial nomination consists of 14 proprieties, assembled in six different groups. One group (The Upper Chui Valley with its three elements), is already on the WHS as part of the Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor Silk Roads.

I had the chance to visit some of those proprieties on my trip to Central Asia in June 2019

First, I headed with a rental car in the southeastern high-mountainous part of Kyrgystan, some 300 km from Bishkek, arounf the town of Naryn.  It is where the first group (the nomadic monuments of Inner Tien Shan) lie. I visited two proprieties, Koshoi-Korgon and Tash-Rabat and had a quick look at a third one.

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Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 05-Sep-19

Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)

Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of the significance of the Scrovegni Chapel or the T-list site of Padua when I visited with my family back in April 2017. We visited the city for the sole purpose of seeing St. Anthony's grave, and I had just barely convinced my family to walk the few hundred meters to the Botanic Garden. Anyhow, the church was really interesting. I will guiltily admit that the paintings that the site is on the T-list for weren't the most memorable thing about the church, but it was interesting seeing the different architectural styles and artistic value, especially in the many side altars. Photography is not permitted, by the way, but apparently someone managed to sneak a nice picture of the whole church anyway

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Rjukan / Notodden

Kbecq Belgium - 11-Sep-19

Rjukan / Notodden

The site focuses on the production of fertilizers by using hydro energy. At the core of this site are the Norsk Hydro production- and power plants, but also the Rjukan and Notodden company towns and the transport system between both towns (rail and ferry).

This probably isn’t a site that will appeal to many but because of mr. Kbecq’s professional interest in this industry we couldn’t visit Oslo without also visiting Rjukan and Notodden. We hired a car in Oslo and although it was winter (March) we made it to Rjukan without problems.

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Neolithic Orkney

Clyde Malta - 05-Sep-19

Neolithic Orkney

I visited this WHS in July 2019. Seeing that our trip to St Kilda got cancelled on both days, I was determined to at least make up for it partially with a visit to Neolithic Orkney. So the day before my visit, I bought car ferry tickets for Jacob Choi and myself through the Northlink Ferry website. Even though on their website Northlink state that you have to be there 90 minutes before departure, in reality 45mins to 1hr should be enough especially on the way to Stromness from Scrabster.

That said, I didn't want to risk missing the ferry so at around 2am I was already driving from Stein in Skye to [...]

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Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 05-Sep-19

Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)

Coron is a haven. Seriously, it's got the scenic beauty, biodiversity, traditional culture, and the prices and atmosphere of a Philippine provincial town. Coron Island, the center of all the greatness of this place, can be reached by the many day tours offered by the even more numerous pumpboats at the pier of Coron town proper. Tours go to the island itself, as well as marine areas around the island and further outlying islands. Sites visited within the property include Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, and Coral Garden among others. Lunch is usually done on one of the beaches of the island, nestled in the middle of walls of jagged limestone. I visited Coron back in October 2013, and I definitely want to go back

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Medina of Sousse

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 03-Sep-19

Medina of Sousse

Visit: April 2018. Sousse was certainly less touristy than I expected it to be, considering its position right in the all inclusive holiday zone of Tunisia. I assume it gets its fair share of tourists during high season, but mostly in form of tour groups. As individual travellers me and my son were the only western tourists during our morning visit. The highlights were the town wall and the fort (Riba) where you can climb all the towers to get a good view. I also enjoyed the Archaeological Museum (Kasbah) with a vast display of mosaics and the rather clean narrow streets of the old town. No hassling was going on, but this might have been caused by our (too) early arrival. I certainly liked Sousse more than the nearby boring Kairouan

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Baquedano Street (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 05-Sep-19

Baquedano Street (T)

What else can you do in Iquique in early spring when the beach is still cold? Once you have visited Humberstone I asked the taxi to drop me off at Paseo Baquedano. It was already dark but it doesn't matter because I think the lights make it nicer than it really is. The northern side has many fancy restaurants (but overpriced), the clock tower/fountain combo (Torre de Reloj) which attracts a large group of Pokemon Go players for some reason, the pagoda and the teatro Tetro Municipal. They look recently polished. The further south you go the emptier it gets. There are still a few bars, one especially popular, but the building facades are also more run down. A few stand out as extravagant with balcony and columns but there are many generic ones.

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Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 04-Sep-19

Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)

Here we go again, trying to inscribe more routes to Santiago de Compostela. I'm not a big fan of these inscriptions, especially when they're separated by national borders because although they definitely are significant in history and culture, it's strange to see all these minor sites inscribed on the basis of simply being in the right place for pilgrims to pass by throughout the centuries and nothing else. I'd prefer a shorter compilation of representative sites and sections of the route that show significance and good preservation of such significance to the route and to human history.

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Edinburgh

Clyde Malta - 05-Sep-19

Edinburgh

I visited this WHS in July 2019. Right from the start I must say that Allan did a fantastic job showing us around this beautiful city (as an experience it would definitely merit 5 stars!). Even though I had already visited the Royal Mile closes and alleys, Calton Hill at sunset (photo), St Giles Cathedral, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the old and new towns including Dean Village, Allan's attention to detail and perseverance in typical Scottish (wet) weather, together with the great company of WH travellers, made this WHS truly memorable.

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Primošten Vineyards (T)

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 02-Sep-19

Primošten Vineyards (T)

The Primosten vineyards are apparently special because they manually removed rocks to cultivate the land. I doubt this will ever be a WHS. Croatia already has its fair share of boring agricultural landscape WHS with the Stari Grad Plain. What you will see is some vineyards that are not only indifferent from the other vineyards in this region, but also inaccessible. The hills where you can see the transformation are private property and you can only “admire” them from a certain distance. Not that you would miss much from getting closer.

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Megalithic Temples of Malta

Travel Addicts USA - 05-Sep-19

Megalithic Temples of Malta

When we visited Malta in 2017, we really didn’t know what to expect.  We stumbled on the temple complexes of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, we were extremely surprised.

The megalithic temples in Malta are the oldest free-standing structures in the world, dating from 3000 B.C.  We’ve been to old structures before:  The Pyramids, Stonehenge, and even Ireland’s passage tomb.  The megalithic temples of Malta are much, much older and were one of the most impressive things about Malta.

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Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 04-Sep-19

Mayon Volcano Natural Park (T)

As a Filipino, I must say I'm proud to have the Mayon Volcano in my country. It's just the most perfectly cone-shaped mountain in the world, I believe. In a land filled to the brim with active volcanoes, this is the standout, just by the sheer beauty of it, not to mention it's one of the tallest (2400+ meters) stand-alone mountains in the archipelago. It has been quite active in the past few years, but when I visited back in 2012, the only things covering the perfect cone were the constant clouds.

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Forth Bridge

Clyde Malta - 04-Sep-19

Forth Bridge

I visited this WHS in July 2019 on several occasions before and after the 2019 WH meetup in Scotland. I visited from both sides of the Firth of Forth as well as from different vantage points such as the Forth Bridges Viewpoint (nothing special) and the view from the Forth Road Bridge.

For the latter, you have to sign in as a pedestrian or a cyclist and you can cross the road bridge with great views of the inscribed Forth Bridge

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Anjar

Philipp Peterer Switzerland - 02-Sep-19

Anjar

Visit: January 2019. I arrived in Anjar from Baalbek and had to rely entirely on my preloaded (I was not able to get mobile internet in Lebanon) Google Maps directions. I couldn’t find any signs pointing towards this WHS. Even within Anjar itself there is no clear signage. It is quite a shame how low key this place is, as in international comparison it is a very nice and deserving WHS.

Once arrived, there is free parking right in front of the entrance. Opening times are as generous as in most places around Lebanon (one more reason to like this country), so I didn’t have to worry about that.

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Caesarea (T)

GabLabCebu Philippines - 04-Sep-19

Caesarea (T)

Caesarea was the very first site I visited on the private small-group tour I took in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine back in April-May of 2018. We drove north from Tel Aviv and had our National Park passes stamped for the first time out of many. The tour of the site started with a short film of the history of the city, which was remarkable to say the least. The site, being our first Roman ruin out of many, also seemed quite remarkable.

We toured the ancient theatre, through all the pedestals of Roman carvings found on site, which we would later find to be a staple in ruins in Israel, past my first public toilets which our guide sat on to demonstrate, and finally to the edge of the water where we saw the remains of the palace, now mostly underwater. A few scattered simple mosaics were still visible by the shore. It is said that the site extends far into the water, so much that there is an underwater park for all the remains there. From that viewpoint, ahead was the hippodrome and at the far end of the shore, the crusader fortress. A few kilometers' drive away, however, was the most unique part of the site, the aqueduct by the beach

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New Lanark

Clyde Malta - 04-Sep-19

New Lanark

I visited this WHS in July 2019 as a very convenient stopover while driving from Lake District National Park towards Edinburgh. This WHS can be seen as one of a series of similar industrial sites in the UK, namely Derwent Valley Mills, Saltaire and New Lanark. All three WHS aren't wow destinations or top WHS but all offer an informative visit to how UK's industry and working conditions looked like during the last century or so.

Of the three I'd pick the Derwent Valley Mills as it is well presented and you can see [...]

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Archaeological Complex of Toro Muerto (T)

Jarek Pokrzywnicki Poland - 30-Aug-19

Archaeological Complex of Toro Muerto (T)

Site visited in November, 2013. Finally it has been added to tentative places. One of the best petroglyph site I have ever seen, can be compared only with Tamgaly in Kazakchstan. 


The best place to start exploration of the site is a small town of Corire, some 3 hours by bus from Arequipa (doable as a day trip if you stay in Arequipa). While in Corire you have 2 options to reach the site. One is walk - around 3 km from Corire center (mind that the last part of the road is barren lanscape with no shadow - in hot days it may be difficult. Other option is to take a taxi from central Corire. The taxi will take you there, wait for you and take you back to Corire, prices are negotiable.

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