Today the list of UNESCO sites consists of more than 1,000 unique and spectacular places, and the list is getting longer each year. From the ancient ruins to the breathtaking ecosystems, there are many remarkable places worth visiting. They have a special value and deserve to be protected and preserved for the future generations.
The Pyramids of Egypt, the Grand Canyon or Canadian Rocky Mountain parks are just a small part of all majestic places around the world.
Here are 15 most amazing world heritage sites you need to discover.
1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
It’s the largest coral reef in the world which is blessed with the breathtaking beauty. The reef is composed of over 3,000 individual systems and coral cays and is one of the most attractive destinations.
2 Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland
The view on the glacier and enormous ice sculptures is spectacular, just like the roar of ice breaking. Make sure you get a window seat in an airplane during the next flight, because the sight is magnificent.
3.Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the most intriguing destinations on the planet Machu Picchu in Peru is a 15th century Inca site, located 8,000 feet above sea level. It is believed to be a retreat for Incan rulers due to its isolation. As you climb your way through the Inca Trail, you will experience something magical.
4. Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands were among the first group of sites added to the World Heritage List in 1978. Located exactly where three ocean currents meet, the islands are famous for the unique animal species.
5. Lakes of Ounianga in Chad
These 18 interconnected lakes in the Sahara Desert offer an exceptional beauty of landscape with striking colors and different sandstone formations.
6. Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia
A multi-level system consisting of 16 lakes is a true wonder in this part of the Balkans. The lakes which spill into waterfalls and pools are surrounded by forests and the water varies from turquoise color to blue and green.
7. Socotra in Yemen
Socotra is known for unique plant life and zoological treasures. Many of the plants have a strange look, like the bottle tree that looks like a giant elephant leg with pink flowers on top of it.
8. Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles
A refuge for many endangered species, Aldabra Atoll is the largest raised coral atoll of its kind. It is the place with untouched nature and a home to the giant tortoise.
9. Shirakami Sanchi in Japan
This region in Japan was officially added to the list of the most amazing world heritage sites in 1993. Siebold’s beech forests dominate the mountain range of Shirakami Sanchi.
10. Te Wahipounamu, South Island in New Zealand
Te Wahipounamu is located in the South West of New Zealand and include four national parks: Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Fiordland, Mt. Aspiring and Westland. The country’s highest mountain is part of this area, just like the largest glacier, tallest forests and deepest fjords and lakes.
11. Jiuzhaigou in China
Jiuzhaigou National Park is famous for its outstanding beauty and magical landscapes. Forests, waterfalls, lakes, giant panda and snowy leopard will make you feel like Alice in wonderland.
12. Reunion Island
Reunion is a French island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. There are two volcanic peaks, one of which is still active. Apart from volcanoes, you can experience wild beauty of the island, dreamlike lagoons and green tropical forests.
13. Kluane/Wrangeli-St.Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek in Canada (Alaska)
The home to the famous grizzly bears and Dall’s sheep, the Glacier Bay National Park is located between the border of Canada and the United States. Some of the most spectacular glaciers can be seen here, which is why the park is considered the largest non-polar ice-field in the world.
14. Yellowstone National Park in the United States
This national park offers countless opportunities for the visitors. It Is also considered one of the greatest natural wonders. You will definitely make lifelong memories once you visit this incredible place.
15. Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina
If you have interest in the glacier activity, this is probably the place you should visit. The place enchant with the exceptional beauty of glacier lakes, especially Lake Argentino.