The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá
The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) is part of the Tentative list of Panama in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List. Parts of this site have already been inscribed under Panamá WHS.
The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá comprises 5 sites along the Spanish colonial heritage route across Central America. It is proposed as a significant boundary modification for the WHS “Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá” and also includes the WHS “Portobelo/San Lorenzo”.
Map of The Colonial Transisthmian Route of PanamáLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Panama has managed the rather remarkable feat to show how weak their nomination is in the very first sentence of their nomination:
"It is a serial property which comprises 5 component parts, several of which already have been inscribed on the World Heritage list[.]"
Executive summary: Of the 5 proposed components 3 are already inscribed as Panama and Portobelo and San+Lorenzo. This leaves the two roads connecting the Caribbean and Pacific coast as sole new addition.
I effectively ticked this off on my short visit to Panama by visiting Panama and Portobelo. I even made an effort in Panama to follow the road a little bit in downtown.
I really don't think serial combinations consisting primarily of already inscribed sites should be given any consideration. This does not belong on the list and is well covered by the already inscribed sites.
Visiting Panama already gets you there, so there is little to add here.
2017 Added to Tentative List
The site has 5 locations
22 Community Members have visited.