Visiting as many of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible is kind of an unofficial bucket list of mine. I believe it is important to see these places, all of which represent humankind and its planet. All UNESCO sites in some way embody different cultures around the world and the natural beauty Earth has to offer.

It is important, in my opinion, to recognize the importance of these sites and do every thing we can to ensure they are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Today, there are 1031 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 802 of which are cultural, 197 are natural, and 32 are mixed. Here are the ones I’ve been fortunate to visit so far:

 

australia
Tasmanian Wilderness
Greater Blue Mountains Area
Sydney Opera House
Australian Convict Sites

canada
Historic District of Old Québec
Rideau Canal

cuba
Old Havana and its Fortification System
Viñales Valley

dominica
Morne Trois Pitons National Park

france
Palace and Park of Versailles
Strasbourg – Grande île
Paris, Banks of the Seine
Canal du Midi
Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
Episcopal City of Albi
Routes of Santiago de Compestela

mexico
Historic Centre of Mexico City
Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán
Historic Centre of Puebla
Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan
Earliest 16th-century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl
Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

peru

City of Cusco
Chan Chan Archeological Zone
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Historic Centre of Lima

saint lucia
Pitons Management Area

spain
Burgos Cathedral
Works of Antoni Gaudí
Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain

turkey
Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Hierapolis-Pamukkale
Ephesus

united kingdom
Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey
Canterbury Cathedral
Tower of London
Maritime Greenwich
Cornwall

united states of america
Independence Hall
Statue of Liberty

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Mitla of Oaxaca

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