traveling latin america
Travel and tourism throughout Latin America.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
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Also on Traveling Latin America:

Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Hawkbill Turtle

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

El Morro
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

el morro

El Morro - Puerto Rico


Pantanal, Brazil

Car in Havana

Havana, Cuba


Otavalo, Ecuador

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Bogota Church

Bogota, Columbia

Roatan Beach

Roatan, Honduras

Shot glasses

Puerto Rican Rum


Caracas, Venezuela

Throughout time, the old and beautiful has been destroyed to make way for modern developments. In 1954, when the United Nations learned that a dam to be built in Egypt would flood and destroy the nearby ancient Abu Simbel temples, they realized that an important piece of history would be lost if they didn't act.  They were able to rally support and raise funds to move the temples to a safer location.

Following that success they decided that the preservation of the world's important cultural and natural sites was a worthwhile mission.  In 1972 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, adopted the
Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.  Since then almost 900 sites have been made UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  

UNESCO encourages countries to protect their World Heritage Sites and provides advice, assistance, training and in some cases, funds for the conservation of those sites.

Latin American World Heritage Sites


Córdoba - Jesuit Block and Estancias
Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
Iguazu National Park
Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks
Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
Península Valdés
Quebrada de Humahuaca


Chiquitos - Jesuit Missions
Fuerte de Samaipata
Noel Kempff Mercado national Park


Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves
Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves
Central Amazon Conservation Complex
Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks
Diamantina - Historic Center
Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves
Goiás - Historic Center
Iguaçu National Park
Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
Olinda - Historic Center
Ouro Preto - Historic Town
Pantanal Conservation Area
Salvador de Bahia - Historic Center
Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
São Luís - Historic Center
Serra da Capivara National Park


Churches of Chiloé
Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
Rapa Nui National Park
Sewell Mining Town
Valparaíso -Historic Quarter of the Seaport City


Cartagena - Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments
Los Katios National Park
Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary
National Archaeological Park of Tierradentro
San Agustin Archaeological Park
Santa Cruz de Mompox - Historic Center

Costa Rica

Cocos Island National Park

Guanacaste - Area de Conservación 
Talamanca Range - La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad  National Park


Alejandro de Humboldt national Park
Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of  Cuba
Camagüey - Historic Center
Cienfuegos - Urban Historic Center
Desembarco del Granma National Park
Old Havana and its Fortifications
San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba
Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingeios
Viñales Valley

Dominican Republic

Colonial City of Santo Domingo


Galápagos Islands
Sangay National Park
Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca - Historic Center

El Salvador

Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site


Antigua Guatemala
Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua
Tikal National Park


Maya Site of Copan
Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve


Calakmul, Campeche - Ancient Maya City
Campeche - Historic Fortified Town
Chichen-Itza - Pre-Hispanic City
El Tajin - Pre-Hispanic City
Guadalajara  - Hospicio Cabañas
Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines
Gulf of California  - Islands and Protected Areas
Luis Barragán House and Studio
Mexico City and Xochimilco - Historic Center
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
Morelia - Historic Center
Oaxaca- Historic Center and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán
Palenque - Pre-Hispanic City and National Park
Paquimé, Casas Grandes - Archaeological Zone
Popocatepetl - Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes
Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco
Puebla - Historic Center
Querétaro - Historic Monuments Zone
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco
Sian Ka'an
Sierra Gorda of Querétaro - Franciscan Missions
Teotihuacan - Pre-Hispanic City
Tequila - Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities
Tlacotalpan - Historic Monuments Zone
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - Central University City Campus
Uxmal  - Pre-Hispanic Town
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
Xochicalco - Archaeological Monuments Zone
Zacatecas - Historic Center


Ruins of León Viejo


Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection
Darien National Park
Panamá Viejo - Archaeological Site and Historic District of Panamá
Portobelo-San Lorenzo - Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park


Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue


Arequipa - Historical Center
Caral-Supe - Sacred City
Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Chavin - Archaeological Site
Huascarán National Park
Lima - Historical Center
Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de jumana
Machu Picchu - Historic Sanctuary
Manú National Park
Río Abiseo National Park

Puerto Rico

La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico


Colonia del Sacramento - Historic Quarter


Canaima National Park
Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas
Coro and its Port



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