Sunday, August 3, 2014

The 1000+ places to visit before you die list, part V - Oceania and Antarktis


Blood Falls Glacier
Deception Island


 Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands (Keeling islands), Coral Sea Islands, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Norfolk Island and several other islands

    Great Barrier Reef
    Kakadu National Park
    Willandra Lakes Region
    Lord Howe Island Group
    Tasmanian Wilderness
    Gondwana Rainforests of Australia
    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
    Wet Tropics of Queensland
    Shark Bay, Western Australia
    Fraser Island
    Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte)
    Heard and McDonald Islands
    Macquarie Island
    Greater Blue Mountains Area
    Purnululu National Park
    Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
    Sydney Opera House
    Australian Convict Sites
    Ningaloo Coast

Caves on Kangaroo Island
Hyams Beach, the whitest sand in the world
The Twelve Apostles (sea stacks)
Ball’s Pyramid (sea stack)
Hillier Lake, pink lake



    Levuka Historical Port Town


    Chief Roi Mata’s Domain

Solomon Islands

    East Rennell

Papua New Guinea

    Kuk Early Agricultural Site

New Caledonia (F)

    Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems


Federal States of Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae)


    Phoenix Islands Protected Area

Marshall Islands

    Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site



    Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

Guam, Marianas and Wake Island (US)

New Zealand
Norfolk Island, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and numerous smaller islands

    Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand
    Tongariro National Park
    New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands

Moeraki Boulders
Milford Sound
Lake Matheson, New Zealand
Glowworm Caves
Muriwai Black Sand Beach

Hawaii and American Samoa (US)

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Na Pali Coast waterfall cave
Mauna Kea
Red Sand Beach of Kaihalulu Bay
Black Sand Beach, Punaluʻu Beach
Papakōlea Beach, Green Sand Beach
Honokohau Falls in Maui  

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) (Ch)

    Rapa Nui National Park

Pitcairn Islands (UK)

   Henderson Island   




French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna (F)
 Society Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, Gambier Islands, Marquesas Islands and Austral Islands


Saturday, August 2, 2014

The 1000+ places to visit before you die list, part IV - Americas


    L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
    Nahanni National Park
    Dinosaur Provincial Park
    Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek 5
    Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
    SGang Gwaay
    Wood Buffalo National Park
    Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks6
    Historic District of Old Québec
    Gros Morne National Park
    Old Town Lunenburg
    Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
    Miguasha National Park
    Rideau Canal
    Joggins Fossil Cliffs
    Landscape of Grand Pré
    Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

Places in Canada you won't actually believe are real
Cirque of the Unclimbables

United States of America
 Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, U. S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa

  Alaska (shared with Canada)  
     Kluane / Wrangell – St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek
     Mendenhall Glacier ice cave

  Montana (shared with Canada)  
     Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

     Olympic National Park

     Redwood National and State Parks
     Yosemite National Park (Don't forget to visit the Thank God Ledge... ;-))

Lava Tube Cave, Tulelake
Pfeiffer Beach (purple sand), Big Sur
Glass Beach
Anacapa Arch, Channel Islands National Park,

     Grand Canyon National Park
     Antelope Canyon
     The Wave

     The Fly Geyser
     Valley of Fire

     Paria River
     Dixie National Forest

     Mesa Verde National Park

  New Mexico  
     Carlsbad Caverns National Park
     Chaco Culture National Historical Park
     Taos Pueblo

     Caverns of Sonora

  Wyoming, Montana, Idaho  
     Yellowstone National Park (Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic)

     Torch Lake
     Porcupine Mountains Waterfall


     Mammoth Cave National Park

  Tennessee, North Carolina  
     Great Smoky Mountains National Park
     Ruby Falls
     Rumble Room, Rumbling Falls 

     Rock Cave

     Monticello and the University of Virginia

     Independence Hall

  New York  

     Statue of Liberty

     Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point

     Everglades National Park
    Mesa Verde National Park

Crescent Beach, Siesta Key (very white sand)
("Eat Key Lime Pie at Florida Key)


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

Sacred Cenote
Cave of Crystals, Naica mines
The Yucatan Cave Lake

Caribbean Islands

  Greater Antilles

      The Bahamas

          Underwater caves
          Pink Sand Beach, Harbour Island, Eleuthera


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


          National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers

      Dominican Republic

          Colonial City of Santo Domingo


      Cayman Islands (UK)

      Puerto Rico (US)

     La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico

  Lesser Antilles 
    Leeward Islands

      U.S. Virgin Islands

      British Virgin Islands

      Anguilla (UK)

      Saint Kitts and Nevis

          Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

      Antigua and Barbuda

      Saint Martin/Sint Maarten

      Montserrat (UK)

      Guadeloupe (F)

    Windward Islands


          Morne Trois Pitons National Park

      Martinique (F)

      Saint Lucia

          Pitons Management Area

      Saint Vincent and the Grenadines



          Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison

    Trinidad and Tobago

    Leeward Antilles (Netherland Antilles)



      Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (BES islands)


    Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

The Great Blue Hole


    Antigua Guatemala
    Tikal National Park
    Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

El Salvador

    Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site


    Maya Site of Copan
    Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve


    Ruins of León Viejo
    León Cathedral

Costa Rica

    Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
    Cocos Island National Park
    Area de Conservación Guanacaste
    Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquís


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


    Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena
    Los Katíos National Park
    Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox
    National Archeological Park of Tierradentro
    San Agustín Archaeological Park
    Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary
    Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia
    Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

Sierra Nevada Del Cocuy y Guican

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

    Coro and its Port
    Canaima National Park
    Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas

Cave of ghost
Catatumbo lightning
Mount Roraima (Shared with Brazil and Guyana)


Mount Roraima (Shared with Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana)


    Central Suriname Nature Reserve
    Historic Inner City of Paramaribo

French Guyana


    Historic Town of Ouro Preto
    Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda
    Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes 
    Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia
    Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas
    Iguaçu National Park
    Serra da Capivara National Park
    Historic Centre of São Luís
    Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves
    Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves
    Historic Centre of the Town of Diamantina
    Central Amazon Conservation Complex
    Pantanal Conservation Area
    Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves
    Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks
    Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás
    São Francisco Square in the Town of São Cristóvão
    Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea

Mount Roraima (Shared with Venezuela and Guyana)


    City of Quito
    Galápagos Islands
    Sangay National Park
    Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca
    Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System


    City of Cuzco
    Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
    Chavin (Archaeological Site)
    Huascarán National Park
    Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
    Manú National Park
    Historic Centre of Lima
    Río Abiseo National Park
    Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana
    Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa
    Sacred City of Caral-Supe
    Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

    City of Potosí
    Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
    Historic City of Sucre
    Fuerte de Samaipata
    Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
    Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture
    Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

Salar de Uyuni


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


    Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento


    Los Glaciares National Park
    Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto
          and Santa Maria Mayor
    Iguazu National Park
    Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
    Península Valdés
    Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks
    Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
    Quebrada de Humahuaca
    Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System


    Churches of Chiloé    Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso
    Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
    Sewell Mining Town
    Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

Marble Caves

Friday, August 1, 2014

The 1000+ places to visit before you die list, part III - Africa



    Medina of Fez
    Medina of Marrakesh
    Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
    Historic City of Meknes
    Archaeological Site of Volubilis
    Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin)
    Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador)
    Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida)
    Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage

Western Sahara


    Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad
    M'Zab Valley
    Tassili n'Ajjer
    Kasbah of Algiers


    Amphitheatre of El Jem
    Archaeological Site of Carthage
    Medina of Tunis
    Ichkeul National Park
    Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis
    Medina of Sousse
    Dougga / Thugga


    Archaeological Site of Cyrene
    Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna
    Archaeological Site of Sabratha
    Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus
    Old Town of Ghadamès


    Abu Mena
    Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
    Historic Cairo
    Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
    Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae
    Saint Catherine Area
    Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)
    Citadel of Qaitbay - built on the site of the Alexandrian lighthouse, using some of the same stones.
    The New Library of Alexandria

Pyramids of Giza is the only one remaining Antique Wonders of the World.

    Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region
    Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe

South Sudan



    Simien National Park
    Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
    Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region
    Aksum (Don't forget to go and see the stelae of Aksum when you're in Ethiopia!)
    Lower Valley of the Awash
    Lower Valley of the Omo
    Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town
    Konso Cultural Landscape

Erta Ale Volcano




    Lake Turkana National Parks
    Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
    Lamu Old Town
    Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests
    Fort Jesus, Mombasa
    Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley

Maasai Mara National Reserve and Mara river
Explore Kenya’s coral coast
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
- Here you can tick off such goals like bottle-feeding an elephant, cuddling an elephant, bathing an elephant, hanging out with elephants...

Suggested as the 8th wonder, a natural wonder of the world;
The great wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara, Kenya and Serengeti, Tanzania

United Republic of Tanzania

    Ngorongoro Conservation Area
    Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara
    Serengeti National Park
    Selous Game Reserve
    Kilimanjaro National Park
    Stone Town of Zanzibar
    Kondoa Rock-Art Sites

Lake Natron

The snow on Kilimanjaro is melting... Might be all gone before 2040


    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
    Rwenzori Mountains National Park
    Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi



    Lake Malawi National Park
    Chongoni Rock-Art Area


    Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls (Devil's Pool)


    Island of Mozambique


    Aapravasi Ghat
    Le Morne Cultural Landscape

Seven Colored Earths


    Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve
    Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
    Rainforests of the Atsinanana

Isalo National Park


    Aldabra Atoll
    Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve


    Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas
    Great Zimbabwe National Monument
    Khami Ruins National Monument
    Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls (Devil's Pool)
    Matobo Hills

    Okavango Delta

South Africa

    Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa
    iSimangaliso Wetland Park
    Robben Island
    Maloti-Drakensberg Park
    Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
    Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
    Vredefort Dome
    Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape

Lion's Head Mountain, Signal Hill and Table Mountain in Cape Town



    Maloti-Drakensberg Park


    Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes
    Namib Sand Sea

Namib-Naukluft Park


Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaïre)

    Virunga National Park
    Kahuzi-Biega National Park
    Garamba National Park
    Salonga National Park
    Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Congo, Republic of the Congo

    Sangha Trinational


    Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda

Equatorial Guinea

Central African Republic

    Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
    Sangha Trinational


    Lakes of Ounianga


    Dja Faunal Reserve
    Sangha Trinational


    Sukur Cultural Landscape
    Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove


    Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
    W National Park of Niger
    Historic Centre of Agadez


    Royal Palaces of Abomey


    Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba

Burkina Faso

    Ruins of Loropéni


    Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions
    Asante Traditional Buildings

Côte d'Ivoire

    Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
    Taï National Park
    Comoé National Park
    Historic Town of Grand-Bassam


Sierra Leona


    Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

Guinea Bissau

São Tomé and Príncipe

Cabo Verde

    Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande


    Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites
    Stone Circles of Senegambia


    Island of Gorée
    Niokolo-Koba National Park
    Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
    Island of Saint-Louis
    Stone Circles of Senegambia
    Saloum Delta
    Bassari Country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes

The pink lake Retba


    Old Towns of Djenné
    Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)
    Tomb of Askia


    Banc d'Arguin National Park
    Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata

The Richat Structure