Photo: World Heritage Sites (UNESCO)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognizes locations with special cultural or physical significance as World Heritage Sites.
Currently, there are 962 sites listed worldwide and 130 can be found in Latin America.
Mexico is home to 31 World Heritage Sites.
Ranging from desert to cities, UNESCO works with the sites to preserve their historic integrity and cultural importance.
Rapa Nui, Chile
Also known as Easter Island, the island is famous for its 887 surviving monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas,” archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Made famous by Charles Darwin who studied a number of species, the group of islands consist of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets.
Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans, the historic portion of the city was walled on 3 sides.
Iguazu National Park, Brazil and Argentina
The park is known for it’s waterfall and is home to 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region like monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans.