UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
S & S Tour Offerings to Some of These Sites
In 1978, when UNESCO published its first list of protected places, there were just 12 World Heritage Sites. These included one of S & S Tours offerings this year in May: The Galapagos Islands.
Today there are 1031 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The top ten nations for the World Heritage Sites listed according to ranking in the number of sites are Italy, China, Spain, France, and Germany, Mexico, India, UK, Russia and USA. Italy, China, Spain and France possess 51, 48, 44 and 41 respectively, France is the most popular country in the world, with Spain not far behind. Spain is one of my favorite countries and we tour there every few years with clients.
As you can see Mexico rates #6 in the top ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We offer various tours to these Sites all over Mexico—archeological sites, architectural sites, natural history sites, designated cities, etc.
One of the new wonders of the world is one of the best known and most visited tourist destinations in South America, Machu Picchu, does not fail to disappoint visitors and even though I have been there 10 times, I am ready to go again next year. S & S Tours has a popular 12-day tour here in April this year and plans to offer another one next April.
We are so fortunate the Spaniards did not discover the 550-year old citadel, built by the Inca civilization in the 15th century. It perches high in the Peruvian Andes at 7,973ft above sea level.
Machu Picchu (which means “old mountain” in the Quechua language) can be reached by a hike on mountain trails or by a scenic train trip through the “Sacred Valley.” We take the Vista Dome Train and follow the Urubamba River up to the foot of Machu Picchu. We stay two nights at Aguas Calientes so we have plenty of time to wander around the ruins and even climb Wayna Picchu if we desire (“new mountain.” ) This is the widely photographed peak at the back of Machu Picchu.