The UNESCO World Heritage Centre Website states:
“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration…
…What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.” ~ World Heritage Centre
We are all World Citizens.
This is our past; our heritage, our responsibility and these Sites all belongs to us 🙂
I enjoy the historical aspects of travel… the background of things, the culture of a place, of it’s people. And one thing I always look for, is if the country I am visiting has a UNESCO World Heritage site. If yes, it gets put on the ‘Must-Do’ list, and once it’s possible, I visit this location.
Peru has twelve (12) UNESCO World Heritage sites!! and according to our preliminary tour Itinerary, we’re definitely getting to see three (3) of them:
- The Historic Center of Lima (Cultural Heritage Site)
- The City of Cuzco (Cultural Heritage Site)
- The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (both a Natural and Cultural Heritage Site)
I know, I know, there are many countries that have more than 12 sites, but coming from a country that is still yet to make this list, for me it’s kinda a big deal.
So for the nine (9) days we have planned in Peru, including our travel days, being able to visit three (3) places off this list is a real good percentage 🙂
One of these places we will visit is Machu Picchu, which is also considered one of the ‘New’ Seven Wonders of the World. This new listing was from a compilation of about 200 existing monuments around the world, then narrowed down to the seven (7) wonders and finally announced on 7 July 2007 [ 07/07/07 🙂 ]. The Great Pyramid of Giza was named as an honourary part of the list as it is the only member of the original list, the Seven Wonders of the World, that still exists today. (Source)
And of course, visiting these ‘New’ Seven Wonders of the World is on my ever-growing Bucket List!! Wooo Hooo!! Oh! the Excitements!!
I have been blessed enough to have visited another of these ‘New’ Seven Wonders of the World… the Pyramid at Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico, visited in February 2011, but that’s a tale for another day 😉
Which UNESCO World Heritage Sites have you visited?
Which of the Seven Wonders have you seen?
Which is your favourite?
Please share below 🙂