World Heritage Tentative List

Banwari Trace: Trinidad's Oldest Archaeological Treasure

Nestled in the southwestern corner of the Caribbean island of Trinidad lies a remarkable archaeological site known as Banwari Trace. This ancient Archaic-period settlement, dating back over 7,000 years, represents the oldest known human occupation in the West Indies, offering a rare glimpse into the lives and lifeways of some of the region's earliest inhabitants. Perhaps the most significant discovery at Banwari Trace was unearthing a remarkably well-preserved human skeleton, now known as "Banwari Man."

Ciénaga de Zapata: A Sanctuary of Biodiversity in Cuba

The Ciénaga de Zapata, also known as the Zapata Swamp, is a vast and ecologically significant region on the Zapata Peninsula in southern Matanzas Province, Cuba. It is one of the Caribbean's most extensive and important wetlands and is renowned for its rich biodiversity, unique ecosystems, and significant conservation efforts. The Ciénaga de Zapata National Park and Biosphere Reserve are crucial in preserving this natural treasure.

Echoes of Faith: The Churches of the Altiplano

The high-altitude Altiplano plateau, stretching across northern Chile and Bolivia, is home to a remarkable blend of indigenous and colonial cultures. During the Spanish colonization, this region became a melting pot of Quechua, Tiahuanaco, Inca, and Aymara influences, resulting in a unique cultural synthesis. The most tangible reflection of this cultural fusion is the numerous chapels and churches built during this period.

Exploring Granada: The Colonial Heart of Nicaragua

Granada, a city located in southwestern Nicaragua on the western shore of Lake Nicaragua and at the foot of the Mombacho Volcano, stands as a testament to the country's rich history and cultural heritage. As the capital of the Department of Granada and Nicaragua's sixth most populous city, Granada is a significant economic and political hub. Renowned for its well-preserved colonial architecture, the city is a vibrant center of commerce and tourism, offering a glimpse into Nicaragua's storied past.

Exploring the Grenadines: An Archipelago of Wonders and Traditions

Spanning the azure waters of the eastern Caribbean Sea, the Grenadines archipelago beckons with an alluring tapestry of natural wonders and cultural riches. This scattered chain of islands between Grenada and St. Vincent unveils a world of breathtaking landscapes, vibrant marine ecosystems, and a captivating heritage woven over centuries. Embark on an immersive journey through this Caribbean gem, revealing a place where every island promises enchantment and discovery.

Gulf of Fonseca: Nature, Geopolitics, Sustainability

The Gulf of Fonseca, located between El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, boasts notable islands and is a biodiversity hotspot featuring mangrove swamps, wetlands, and various climatic zones. Despite territorial disputes and international resolutions, the Gulf is a testament to the balance between environmental preservation, geopolitical cooperation, and sustainable practices.

Journey Through the Dunes: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Located within the northeastern region of Brazil, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park presents a captivating example of nature's artistry and resilience. Extending across a vast expanse in Maranhão state, this protected area encompasses a diverse range of landscapes, including windswept dunes, seasonal lagoons, and verdant oases. Exploring the mysteries of this unique ecosystem involves delving into its dynamic terrain and rich biodiversity.

La Isabela: The First European Colonial Town in the Americas

La Isabela, located on the east bank of the Bajabonico River in the Dominican Republic, represents a significant chapter in European colonization in the New World. As the first intentional European colonial town in America, it marks the beginning of a new era. Discovered in the mid-20th century, the ruins now form a National Historical and Archaeological Park, showcasing the remnants of Christopher Columbus's house, a church, and a graveyard.