The world is full of amazing natural wonders and archaeological sites that really do need to be seen to be believed, but they also need to be protected. Because of this, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee aims to preserve these attractions and destinations as best they can as the years go by. These places are known to have “outstanding international value,” and include places like Yellowstone National Park, the Great Barrier Reef, Machu Picchu, and more. However, it seems as though the world just keeps getting better and better, because UNESCO has just announced these new additions to their list.
Brazil is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and there’s no doubt about the fact that there are countless towns and villages in this country that should be given UNESCO status. However, this year, it’s all about the coastal town of Paraty. Not only is this place home to some of the coolest animals to roam this earth, such as spider monkeys and jaguars, but it’s also steeped in history. Back in the 17th century, this town was actually the terminus of the Gold Route, that transported precious metal from Brazil to Europe. If you do ever get the chance to visit, there’s no doubt about the fact that you will find it extremely beautiful.
Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
As one of the most remarkable places that this planet has to offer, Vatnajokull National Park doesn’t actually look like it’s from this planet. With all kinds of waterways, glaciers, and even countless volcanoes, this national park offers something truly special for visitors who travel from across the world to see it. In fact, this incredible park covers a whopping 14% of the whole country and spans across various different terrains. It’s a geological marvel, which is why it’s no surprise that it’s made the list.
Jaipur City, India
India is known for being extremely colorful and vibrant, but there’s something about Jaipur City that stands out from the rest of the country. Known as the “Pink City,” this place first reared its head back in 1729 and has since become an extremely popular tourist destination. This is largely because of the unique architecture and the districts that make up this city. The whole thing was meticulously laid out, and it has remained so as the years have gone by. It’s well worth a trip to this place.
Dilmun Burial Mounds, Bahrain
If you have ever traveled to Bahrain, you may have seen strange mounds making their way up through the earth. These aren’t the work of some burrowing animal, but they are instead ancient burial grounds that have been around for almost 300 years. While not a huge amount is known about these burial grounds, they have largely been untouched over the years. This is because they serve as the final resting place for those who lived in high society, and commoners who got the chance to be buried in this ancient site. They are unlike anything you may have ever seen before.
Although there are now thousands of UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the globe, that doesn’t make any of them any less special. In fact, that’s why they were given that privilege in the first place.