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Choosing which of the 1,154 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are worth visiting can be tough, especially since they’re spread far and wide across the globe. While each site has been recognised as being internationally important (and worthy of special protection) in its own right, there are a few of these sites that easily make their way right up to the top of any travel itinerary. Here are our top 5 World Heritage Sites we think are worth a visit:
Machu Picchu, Peru
For those that have Peru at the top of their travel wishlist, a trip to this magnificent country in South America wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu. Standing a staggering 2,430 metres above sea level, Machu Picchu is the most significant legacy left behind by the Inca civilisation. Don’t miss the impressive religious and ceremonial sanctuary made from roughly 200 structures. And let your mind run wild as you stroll through everything the Lost City of the Incas has to offer.
Taj Mahal, India
Another World Heritage Site undoubtedly at the top of most travellers’ bucket lists; the Taj Mahal. It was built in the 17th century to honour the favourite wife of a Mughal emperor. Today, between 7 to 8 million people visit this site every year to see exactly what all the fuss is about. Two tips for visiting the Taj Mahal? Visiting in the early morning is a great way to avoid the heat and crowds while looking into travel tours of India means you can visit this breathtaking mausoleum with a knowledgeable guide, as well.
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
A visit to Nepal wouldn’t be worthwhile without heading to Kathmandu Valley. This stunning specially protected site is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is recognised as not just the home of two Buddhist stupas, but also two Hindu temples and three secular sites! Speaking of stupas, don’t miss your chance to see the famous 14th-Century Boudhanath Stupa, whose eyes appear to follow you and watch your every move…
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Want to visit the world’s largest collection of coral reefs? What about seeing over 1,500 species of fish and around 240 species of birds? Or every crustacean, anemone and marine worm under the sun? Well then, the Great Barrier Reef is your answer. Snorkel at the breathtaking Michaelmas Cay National Park. Or get up close and personal to giant clams and sea turtles on a glass-bottom boat.
It’s hard to get much more impressive than a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But what about one that’s also a new Seven Wonder of the World? Also known as the rose-red city because of the striking red sandstone surrounding the half-carved rocks. The ancient city of Petra is just one of the most beautiful landmarks in Jordan. It is waiting to be discovered by travellers and tourists alike.
Thinking of ticking all 1,154 UNESCO World Heritage Sites off your travel bucket list? Why not start with our first five favourites?