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UNESCO World Heritage Sites were created to celebrate and safeguard the best and most unique places around the world. Each of these cultural, historic, and natural treasures make our world a more interesting and enriching place. But which are the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Read on to find out.

1.Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a 12th-century temple complex that’s one of the most popular world heritage sites. It was originally built as a Hindu temple before later becoming a Buddhist temple. The ruins are camouflaged by trees and other shrubbery, giving it a special aura of mystique.

Over 400 acres (162 hectares) in size, Angkor Wat is among the largest religious monuments in the world.

How to get there: Angkor Wat (located in Siem Reap) is a 1-hour flight from Bangkok, Thailand.

2. Machu Picchu, Peru

Fortified atop the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic structures in South America. This archaeological site is steeped in history, undoubtedly making it one of the top UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

This citadel was built in the 1400s under the Inca Empire, which dominated the region at the time. Today, Machu Picchu stands as a surviving testament of Incan architecture, astronomy, art, and religion.

The multi-day hike to get here is also an incredible experience. Machu Picchu has an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,400 m), so it’s advisable to spend a day or two acclimating yourself to the altitude in nearby Aguas Calientes.

How to get there: Machu Picchu is a short bus ride or hike from Aguas Calientes, a 3.5-hour train ride from Cuzco, which contains one of the best Airbnbs in the world.

3. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Ancient Pyramids of Giza were built around 2,500 B.C. This complex, made up of pyramids, rock tombs, and a sphinx, is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.

These pyramids served as tombs for Pharaohs, who were mummified and buried with treasures to prepare them for the afterlife.

How to get there: The Pyramids of Giza are a short bus or taxi ride from Cairo.

4. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch – Best UNESCO World Heritage Site for Nature Lovers

It would be a crime to make a list of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and omit the Swiss Alps. Officially known as the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, this protected area in the Swiss Alps is located between Bern and Valais in southwestern Switzerland. It’s filled with breathtaking scenery, diverse habitats, and many glaciers. This mountainous region is also home to three prominent peaks: EigerMönch and Jungfrau.

There are lots of amazing places to see in this part of Switzerland, but some of my favorites are Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen Valley. Stay at a unique chalet accommodation nestled in the Swiss Alps, and you’ll see why this region is among the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

5. Petra, Jordan

The ancient city of Petra was established over 2,300 years ago. It’s recognizable for its temples and tombs that are carved into rose-colored sandstone.

Petra is nestled between mountains, canyons, and river beds, extending over 100 square miles (264 square km).

How to get there: Petra is a 3-hour drive from Amman.