With its 9 recognized sites and 17 that are on the tentative list, Colombia takes almost part of the top list of countries with more than 10 World Heritage Sites recognized by the UNESCO. Italy is No. 1 with 54 World Heritage sites followed by China with 53 sites and Spain at place No. 3 with 47 sites. 31 countries have 10 sites or more, including Latin-America countries Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Argentina.

What is A UNESCO World Heritage Site?
A place in the world with an outstanding universal value which can be a building, statue, city, mountain, lake, forest… which is listed by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
At July 2018 there were 1092 sites integrated on the UNESCO list: 845 cultural, 209 natural and 38 mixed properties.

On cultural level, Colombia has 6 different sites:
1. Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia (2011)

2. Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox (1995)

3. National Archeological Park of Tierradentro (1995)

4. San Agustín Archaeological Park (1995)

5. Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (1984)

6. Chapaq Ñan, Andean Road System (2014)

On natural level, Colombia has 2 sites:
7. Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary (2006)
8. Los Katíos National Park (1994)

The “mixed” Chiribiquete National Park, the Maloca of the Jaguar, has been recognized in 2018.

Here are the sites who are on the waiting list:
1. Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Parks and their Archaeological Sites (2012)

2. Cultural Landscape of the Lower Basin of the Chicamocha River (2012)

3.Tatacoa Desert (2012)

4. Ciudad Perdida – Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (1993)

5. Parque Nacional Natural Chiribiquete (1993)

6. Sistema Hidráulico Prehispánico del Río San Jorge (1993)
7. Cultural Landscape of Salt Towns (2012)

8. Catholic Doctrine Temples (2012)
9. Seaflower Marine Protected Area (MPA) (2007)
10. Virgilio Barco Library (2012)
11. United Fruit Company Infrastructure (2012)
12. South of Ricaurte Province (2012)
13. Puente de Occidente (Western Bridge) (2012)
14. Canal del Dique – Dike Canal (2012)
15. Cultural Landscape of the Vernacular Stilt Housing of Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta and of Medio Atrato (2013)
16. University City of Bogotá (2012)
17. Pre-Hispanic Hydraulic System of the San Jorge River (2012)


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