World Heritage Sites with the 'wow' factor

Tikal National Park

In the heart of the jungle, Tikal National Park in northern Guatemala is home to wetlands, savannah and incredible wildlife including jaguars and pumas. It’s also the setting of one of the most important archaeological finds left by Mayan civilisation. Discover over 3000 ruins, from temples and palaces to public squares and dwellings.

Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

In a stunning and mountainous area in the heart of Ethiopia, you’ll find the 11 monolithic churches of Lalibela. Constructed as a ‘new Jerusalem’ in the 13th century, each church is carved out of rock and still has its own resident priest. Step inside to admire murals and crafted passages, columns and stairways.

Gunung Mulu National Park

Gaze over limestone karsts rising out of the rainforest canopy in Borneo’s Gunung Mulu National Park. This is a unique landscape, known for its karsts and caves, and you can reach Deer Cave on a two-mile hike along a raised plank walkway. This route passes across swamps, limestone outcrops and through the forest before arriving at the largest cave passage in the world.

Angkor

One of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the Khmer Empire. Be there to see the sun rise over the famous Temple of Angkor Wat, discover incredibly ornate and symbolic architecture and cruise by gondola to sites such as the South Gate of Angkor Thom.

Viñales Valley

There’s more to Cuba than historic Havana and the golden beaches of Varadero. Don’t miss the towering limestone mountains, vast pine forests and tobacco plantations of Pinar Del Rio, home to the Viñales Valley. It’s here you’ll find rolling green fields dotted with farmhouses, underground rivers and secret caves.

Ancient City of Sigiriya

On a steep slope surrounded by jungle and at the foot of the 180-metre high ‘Lion’s Peak’, you’ll find the ruins of Sigiriya City. The frescoes and poems inscribed on the rock are among the most ancient texts in the Sinhalese language and the rock fortress has a fascinating history. The climb to the top is tough; but the views are so worth it.

Iguazú National Park

The semi-circular Iguazú Falls, also known as Iguaçu Falls, are 80 metres high and so wide they span the border between Argentina and Brazil. We can take you to the best spots to see the falls, where you’ll feel the spray on your skin and watch rainbows arching above the cascades. This is one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls.

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