8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Should Absolutely Visit

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are all filled with history and breathtaking scenery, and there are over a thousand of them around the world.

In case you need more reasons to visit some of the amazing destinations that are often featured on our cheap flight deals page, these sites will convince you to go!

Here is a list of 8 UNESCO sites to visit!

 

1. Taj Mahal – India:

 

The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and ended in 1648. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built this building in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It’s considered today as the greatest architectural jewel of Indo-Islamic art. If you want to go see it one day, India is part of our top 5 countries under $25 per day!

 

2. The Great Barrier Reef – Australia:

The Great Barrier Reef is THE place for those who are passionate about the depths of the oceans and or the beauty of nature. It’s also a perfect place for scuba diving enthusiasts!

 

3. Easter Island (Rapa Nui National Park) – Chile:

 

Easter Island is the furthest inhabited island in the world! It’s located 3,700 km off the coast of Chile. From the 10th to 16th century, a Polynesian society built and carved the moai, the famous 2 to 20 meters high stone figures. The number of these statues in the park is estimated at 900.

 

4. Angkor – Cambodia:

 

I visited the Angkor site in Cambodia last March and I loved my day (tickets to get in are $37/person). These are the remains of the Khmer Empire, who reigned during the 9th and 15th centuries. There are many temples, including the famous Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the Temple of Bayon. If you are passionate about temples and you do not want to miss anything, I recommend to plan several days, because the site is huge! More than 400 square kilometers!

 

5. Petra – Jordan:

 

This jewel of Jordan is indescribable! According to the UNESCO website, during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Petra became a great caravan center for the Arabian’s incense trade, the Chinese’s silk and the Indian’s spices. Located at a crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phenicia. We can easily imagine that this place was full of life at one time! 

 

6. Grand Canyon, USA:

 

The Grand Canyon, located in Arizona, is over 1,500 meters deep! According to the UNESCO website: “The horizontal strata of the canyon retrace 2 billion years of geological history and illustrate the four great geological eras that compose it.” Flytrippers’ other cofounder Andrew loved his roadtrip in Arizona, he highly recommends going there. We often spot good prices to Arizona (and Vegas, just as close to the Grand Canyon).

 

7. Machu Picchu – Peru:

 

Machu Picchu is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage List! The Inca citadel was discovered in 1911 after being abandoned for hundreds of years following the conquest of the Inca Empire by the Spanish in the 16th century.

 

8. Hoi An – Vietnam:

 

I am currently writing this from this small ancient city. So far, this is one of my favorite places in Vietnam for sure. The city is lit up with small lanterns every evening. In addition to being part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, Hoi An is recognized as the capital of Southeast Asia for tailor-made clothing… and at the lowest price, of course! 

 

Summary

This list only mentions 8 protected sites out of the more than 1000 that are on the official UNESCO World Heritage List! There are obviously many others that are just as worthwhile to visit!

 

Have you ever visited one of these sites? If yes which? If no, which one do you dream of visiting?

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Kevin Gagnon

Kevin is the co-founder of Flytrippers. A former structural engineer, he is now following his true passion, traveling! With the website, he also wants to share this passion with you and allow you to travel more than you would have thought possible. His goal is to visit all the countries in the world. Current count: 42/193!

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