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Posts Tagged ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites’

Ethiopian Visa Requirements to Visit the Mysterious Ruins of Tiya

September 3rd, 2010
In the wild grasslands of Southern Ethiopia, imposing stone monuments mark the site of an ancient burial ground, this week's featured UNESCO World Heritage site. The monuments at Tiya in Ethiopia consist of 32 large slabs of stone called stelae. The stones are etched with swords and other symbols. Who built this place? Nobody knows-according to UNESCO, "They are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture whose age has not yet been precisely determined." Other nearby sites of interest include Hera Shetan crater lake and a formation of naturally ordered stone blocks at nearby Agesoke. American citizens traveling to Ethiopia need passports and an Ethiopian visa. If you're flying in through Bole International Airport, you may attempt to get an Ethiopian visa upon arrival. But consider


Venezuelan Visa Requirements to Visit Canaima National Park

August 26th, 2010
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is tucked away in the southeastern corner of Venezuela, near the borders with Brazil and Guyana. Canaima National Park is vast expanse of rugged wilderness so remote and unusual that it inspired the setting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World. Here's how UNESCO describes the park: Canaima National Park is spread over 3 million ha in south-eastern Venezuela along the border between Guyana and Brazil. Roughly 65% of the park is covered by table mountain (tepui) formations. The tepuis constitute a unique biogeological entity and are of great geological interest. The sheer cliffs and waterfalls, including the world's highest (1,000 m), form a spectacular landscape. The unusual and unique tepuis really make Canaima National Par


Brazil Visa Requirements to Visit the Pantanal

August 21st, 2010
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is part of the largest wetland in the world. The Pantanal Conservation Complex consists of 4 protected areas in Brazil's Pantanal region. The Pantanal is an amazing ecosystem that supports a tremendously diverse population of plants and animals. According to Wikipedia, it is home to 3500 known plant species, 1000 different types of birds, 300 different types of mammals, 480 reptile species, 400 fish species and over 9,000 different types of invertebrates. Some of the most photogenic inhabitants of the Pantanal include giant river otters, howler monkeys, endangered hyacinth macaws and other parrots, jaguar, giant anteaters, the alligator-like caiman and the odd-looking tapir, which resembles a pig but is actually more closely related to th


Chinese Visa Requirements To Visit the Center of Heaven and Earth

August 7th, 2010
On Monday, August 2nd, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee concluded its 34th session, adding 21 new sites to the World Heritage List. One of the new additions to the list is a collection of religious and historical buildings located near the city of Dengfeng at the foot of Mount Songshang, China's most sacred mountain. The monuments include the famous Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin style of martial arts, and an astronomical observatory build on the orders of Kublai Khan. Because there are so many temples and monasteries located in the shadow of sacred Songshang mountain, the Chinese refer to this area as the "Center of Heaven and Earth." On its website, UNESCO explains that the sites were added to the World Heritage List due to their historical, religiou


Jordan Visa Requirements To Visit the “Rose-Red City”

July 24th, 2010
"Match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,a rose-red city half as old as time." John William Burgon This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage site is one of Jordan's oldest and most beautiful cities.  Located between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, Petra was an important trading city during Biblical times, and has been inhabited for far longer than that. Petra rose to power as the capital city of the Nabataeans. The Nabataeans traded not only goods but also water, and Petra is constructed with a system of dams, water storage and irrigation that allowed them to capture water when it rained and dispense it as needed during dry periods. After the Romans took control of the area, trades routes shifted and Petra's location became much less advantageous. Eventually it was all but aba


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