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João Aender Campos Cremasco Profile

I have been interested in WHS for some time now and my focus is to visit those in South America, though I usually travel overseas at least once a year. There's a scarce number of WHS in South America comparing to Europe, and some of them are quite difficult to reach, but most are really rewarding.
In Brazil I have already visited 18 out of the 19 inscribed sites. My goal is to visit them all.
Whenever I can, I will review South American WHS in this excellent website and I also review them in my own website (, in Portuguese language.

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Pampulha João Aender Campos Cremasco

Pampulha Architectural Ensemble is Brazil probably Brazil's next nomination for inscription in WHS list. Pampulha is the name of a upper-class suburb of Belo Horizonte city and was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, a famous architect (who died in 2012 at 104), also responsible for the construction of Brasilia (another WHS). The most famous elemento of Pampulha ensemble is Sao Francisco Church, a tiny temple by the lake shore, which is considered one of Niemeyer's early masterpieces and inspiration for many other buildings in the same style worldwide. I was there last weekend, in a sunny and relaxing Sunday afternoon.

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Discovery Coast João Aender Campos Cremasco

It was surprising to me to see this WHS hasn't been yet reviewed. Discovery Coast is by no means a difficult place to reach or uninteresting area to be looked down, all the way around. It is made up of several Atlantic Rainforest reserves, most of them close to Porto Seguro, a vibrant city (and with a famous carnival) that is also situated in the area where the first Portuguese colonizers arrived in Brazil (year 1500).

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Central Amazon Conservation Complex João Aender Campos Cremasco

During carnival this year, unlike most Brazilians, I opted not to party, but, instead, to reach Central Amazon Conservation Complex, the WHS Brazil dedicated to its largest bioma.

First stop is Manaus, a large 2-million people city situated in the heart of Amazon forest. After that, with a rental car one must drive 200 km (paved roads in good condition) to a town called Novo Airão, from where you can easily visit the Anavilhanas National Park (it is no longer an Ecological Station since 2008). Anavilhanas comprises an average of 400 river islands and islets, depending on the dry or wet season. All of them are located within the Rio Negro (Black River), the largest blackwater river in the world and one of the most important tributary rivers of Amazon River.

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Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis João Aender Campos Cremasco

Last weekend I visited the Brazilian part of this WHS, that is São Miguel das Missões. I had previously visited the Argentinian ruins of San Ignacio Miní, and these two sites are probably the best preserved of all inscribed Jesuit Missions of the Guarani ruins (the Paraguayan ones are a separate WHS).

The former São Miguel das Missões church has a remarkable façade and also a very interesting museum of guarani christian art, including a bell used when the mission was active.

There are some other ruins nearby, worth visiting, but only the São Miguel ruins were declared WHS in Brazil.

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São Luis João Aender Campos Cremasco

I was in São Luís, capital of the State of Maranhão, for a weekend last August. Most tourists don't spend much time in São Luís, rather go as soon as possible to the nearby Lençóis Maranhenses, a paradisiac complex of fresh water lagoons formed on the dunes.

Anyway, São Luís was the only city in Brazil founded by the French (hence named after the French King St.Louis IX), but very little of French heritage is left.

The main attractions are the Government Palace, some historic museums and the "tiled buildings", designed with the purpose of isolating their interior from the intense heat (the city is close to the Equator).

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Name: João Aender Campos Cremasco

Country: Brazil

Visited WHS: 216

Most Impressive: Machu Picchu, Petra, Jerusalem, Rome, Uluru, Los Glaciares, Great Barrier Reef, Igua�u/Iguaz�, Pen�nsula Vald�s

Proposal New WHS: Paraty, Chapada Diamantina and Jalap�o (Brazil)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 10.07.17


  1. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  4. Saltaire
  5. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  6. Guimarães
  7. Vienna
  8. Cerrado Protected Areas
  9. Masada
  10. Old City of Acre
  11. Aranjuez
  12. Alto Douro
  13. Kew Gardens
  14. White City of Tel-Aviv
  15. Rio de Janeiro
  16. Royal Exhibition Building
  17. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  18. Liverpool
  19. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  20. Bahá’i Holy Places
  21. Rideau Canal
  22. Preah Vihear Temple
  23. León Cathedral
  24. Ouro Preto
  25. Stari Grad Plain
  26. Kotor
  27. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  28. Caral-Supe
  29. São Francisco Square
  30. San Miguel de Allende
  31. Copan
  32. Stoclet House
  33. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  34. Australian Convict Sites
  35. Cidade Velha
  36. Tower of Hercules
  37. Heritage of Mercury
  38. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  39. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  40. Camino Real
  41. Bridgetown
  42. University of Coimbra
  43. Fujisan
  44. Bethlehem
  45. Los Glaciares
  46. Qhapaq Ñan
  47. Old City of Jerusalem
  48. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  49. Quirigua
  50. Pampulha
  51. Venetian Works of Defence
  52. Great Barrier Reef
  53. Sydney Opera House
  54. Florence
  55. Olinda
  56. Quito
  57. Old Havana
  58. Nancy
  59. Vallée de Mai
  60. Belem
  61. Monastery of Batalha
  62. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  63. La Fortaleza
  64. Old City of Berne
  65. Abbey of St Gall
  66. Cuzco
  67. Machu Picchu
  68. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  69. Yellowstone
  70. Cartagena
  71. Vatican City
  72. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  73. Cologne Cathedral
  74. Anjar
  75. Baalbek
  76. Byblos
  77. Tyre
  78. Aachen Cathedral
  79. Québec
  80. Iguazu National Park
  81. Statue of Liberty
  82. Salvador de Bahia
  83. Segovia
  84. Cordoba
  85. Granada
  86. El Escurial
  87. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  88. Petra
  89. Congonhas
  90. Santiago de Compostela
  91. Avila
  92. Iguacu
  93. Istanbul
  94. Göreme NP
  95. Evora
  96. Chan Chan
  97. Trier
  98. Gondwana Rainforests
  99. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  100. Studley Royal Park
  101. Stonehenge
  102. Gwynedd Castles
  103. Toledo
  104. Salamanca
  105. Skocjan Caves
  106. Venice and its Lagoon
  107. Budapest
  108. Sian Ka'an
  109. Palenque
  110. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  111. Teotihuacan
  112. Puebla
  113. Blenheim Palace
  114. Westminster
  115. City of Bath
  116. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  117. Brasilia
  118. Uluru
  119. Guanajuato
  120. Chichen-Itza
  121. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  122. Tower of London
  123. Strasbourg
  124. Canterbury
  125. Lima
  126. Monastery of Alcobaça
  127. Santo Domingo
  128. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  129. Potsdam
  130. St. Petersburg
  131. Vilnius
  132. San Gimignano
  133. Tiwanaku
  134. Sukhothai
  135. Ayutthaya
  136. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  137. Dong Phayayen
  138. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  139. Novgorod
  140. Serra da Capivara
  141. Ruins of León Viejo
  142. Prague
  143. Fraser Island
  144. Tikal National Park
  145. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  146. Antigua Guatemala
  147. Horyu-ji Area
  148. Himeji-jo
  149. Angkor
  150. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  151. Ancient Kyoto
  152. Australian Fossil Mammal Sites
  153. City of Luxembourg
  154. Popocatepetl monasteries
  155. Rapa Nui
  156. Siena
  157. Sintra
  158. Edinburgh
  159. Kutna Hora
  160. Colonia del Sacramento
  161. Oporto
  162. Belize Barrier Reef
  163. Genbaku Dome
  164. Itsukushima Shrine
  165. Independence Hall
  166. Schönbrunn
  167. Panamá
  168. Querétaro
  169. Maritime Greenwich
  170. Trogir
  171. Willemstad
  172. São Luis
  173. Tallinn
  174. Pompei
  175. Versailles
  176. Viñales Valley
  177. Qadisha Valley
  178. Riga
  179. Flemish Béguinages
  180. The Four Lifts
  181. Grand Place, Brussels
  182. Pyramids (Memphis)
  183. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  184. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  185. Ancient Thebes
  186. Ancient Nara
  187. Alcala de Henares
  188. Nubian Monuments
  189. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  190. Historic Cairo
  191. Diamantina
  192. Discovery Coast
  193. Atlantic Forest South-East
  194. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  195. Rome
  196. Brimstone Hill Fortress
  197. Nikko
  198. Greater Blue Mountains
  199. Peninsula Valdes
  200. Xochicalco
  201. Paramaribo
  202. Belfries
  203. Mostar
  204. Dubrovnik
  205. Valparaiso
  206. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  207. Split
  208. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  209. Churches of Chiloé
  210. Plitvice Lakes
  211. St. George, Bermuda
  212. Roman Walls of Lugo
  213. Goias
  214. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  215. Brugge
  216. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  1. Amazonia Theaters (T)
  2. Anavilhanas Ecological Station (T)
  3. Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (T)
  4. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  5. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  6. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  7. Bet She'an (T)
  8. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  9. Camp de concentration de Tarrafal (T)
  10. Centre historique de Praia (T)
  11. Centre Historique de Saida (T)
  12. Centre historique de São Filipe (T)
  13. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  14. City of Granada and its natural environment (T)
  15. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  16. Cultural Itinerary of Ecuador's Trans-Andean Train (T)
  17. Cultural Landscape of Paranapiacaba: Village and railway systems in the Serra do Mar Mountain Range, São Paulo (T)
  18. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's Home-Study Museum (T)
  19. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  20. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  21. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  22. Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape (T)
  23. Ensemble du site naturel de la region du Chouf (T)
  24. Ensemble du site naturel de la Vallee du Nahr el Kelb (T)
  25. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  26. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  27. Gold Route in Parati and its landscape (T)
  28. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  29. Grenadines Island Group (T)
  30. Grenadines Island Group (T)
  31. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  32. Historic zone of Basseterre (T)
  33. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  34. Jerusalem (T)
  35. La Moneda Palace (T)
  36. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  37. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  38. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  39. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  40. Mission Ruins of Venn's Town (T)
  41. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  42. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  43. Palais de la Culture, ancien siège du Ministere de l'Education et de la Santé, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  44. Parc National de la Serra da Bocaina (Sao Paulo - Rio de Janeiro) (T)
  45. Parc Naturel de Fogo – Chã das Caldeiras (T)
  46. Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses – Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (T)
  47. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  48. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  49. Region Lacan-Tún - Usumacinta (T)
  50. Route of the Franciscan Evangelisation (T)
  51. Route of the to Dominique Evangelisation (T)
  52. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  53. Salines de Pedra de Lume (T)
  54. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  55. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  56. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  57. Seaflower Marine Protected Area (T)
  58. Serra da Capivara National Park and Permanent Preservation Areas (T)
  59. Sistema Ferrocarril Pte. Carlos Antonio Lopez (T)
  60. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  61. St. George Fortified System (T)
  62. St. George Historic District (T)
  63. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  64. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  65. The Burren (T)
  66. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  67. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  68. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  69. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  70. The Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum (T)
  71. The La Soufrière National Park (T)
  72. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  73. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  74. The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac (T)
  75. The Route of The Rivers (T)
  76. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  77. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plecnik in Ljubljana and Prague (T)
  78. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plecnik in Ljubljana and Prague (T)
  79. Town of Chichicastenango (T)
  80. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  81. Turks and Caicos Islands (T)
  82. Ver-o-Peso (T)
  83. Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat (T)
  1. Atacama Desert
  2. Devils Island (on French Guiana)
  3. Ephesus
  4. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  5. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol
  6. Jericho
  7. Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains
  8. La Brea Pitch Lake
  9. Lake Titicaca
  10. Panama Canal
  11. Pharaonic Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
  12. Scrovegni's Chapel
  13. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  14. Varanasi