historic centre of cuenca - Ecuador

Historic Centre of Cuenca

Country: Ecuador | Type: Cultural | Theme: Colonial, Urban Landscape  Introduction to the Historic Centre of Cuenca The city of Cuenca, also known as Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca, is the third largest city in Ecuador with a population of around 500,000. It serves as the capital of the Azuay province and is situated in the Andes Mountains at an …

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Western Brook Pond - Gros Morne National Park - World Heritage Site

Gros Morne National Park

Country: Canada | Type: Natural | Theme: Geology, Glacier  Introduction to Gros Morne National Park Gros Morne National Park is located on the west coast of Newfoundland, an island on the eastern coast of Canada.  A variety of beautiful natural landforms can be found within the park, including an alpine plateau, fjords, cliffs, waterfalls, lakes, and glacial valleys.  A large portion of these …

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Tikal National Park, Guatemala - World Heritage Sites in Central America

Tikal National Park

Country: Guatemala | Type: Mixed | Theme: Archaeological  Introduction to Tikal National Park Tikal is one of the largest urban centers and archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya. Located in the department of Peten in northern Guatemala the site is located within Tikal National Park and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Tikal received its name shortly after being …

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Monticello and the University of Virginia

Monticello and the University of Virginia

Country: United States | Type: Cultural | Theme: Education, Secular Structure Introduction to Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Monticello is the home that Thomas Jefferson designed for himself at the heart of the University of Virginia.  Thomas Jefferson is known for his writing of the Declaration of Independence and United States presidency, but he was also …

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Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

Country: Canada, United States | Type: Natural | Theme: Geology, Glacier, Mountain, Natural Landscape Introduction to Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is comprised of two parks along the United States and Canada border.  In 1932 Waterton Lakes National Park—located in Alberta, Canada—and Glacier National Park—located in Montana, United States—were combined to form the first international peace park in the world.  The …

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park- USA

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Country: United States | Type: Natural | Theme: Caves, Geology Introduction to Carlsbad Caverns National Park The Carlsbad Caverns National Park, located in New Mexico, is made up of over 100 limestone caves.  They are notable because of their size and diversity.  The caves were formed over the course of many centuries as sulfuric acid ate away at underground limestone.  Scientists continue to …

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Mesa Verde National Park

Country: United States | Type: Natural | Theme: Archaeological  Introduction to Mesa Verde National Park Mesa Verde, located in southwestern Colorado, is an ancient archeological and historic sight.  For nearly 700 years beginning in A.D. 600, the ancient Pueblo people made their homes in Mesa Verde.  Mesa Verde is a plateau reaching an altitude of about 8,500 feet.  Its name in Spanish …

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Country: United States | Type: Natural | Theme: Volcanic Introduction to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the most active volcanoes in the world: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth, while Kilauea is the most active. The landscape here is dynamic, constantly changing because of volcanic eruptions. The park offers …

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antigua guatemala

Antigua Guatamala

Country: Guatemala | Type: Cultural | Theme: Colonial, Urban Landscape  Introduction to Antigua Guatamala The Kingdom of Guatemala  started in Chiapas and stretched to Costa Rica, and Antigua was once its capital.  The city was founded in 1543 after a flood in 1541 devastated nearby Ciudad Vieja. Like Lima and Mexico City, Antigua served as a judicial and administrative center for the Spanish …

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Independence Hall

Country: United States | Type: Cultural | Theme: Monument, Secular Structure  Introduction to Independence Hall A Georgian style building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Independence Hall has a relatively modest appearance considering its historical significance.  Two historic documents, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, were signed in Independence Hall.  Both documents helped to define and shape the concepts of democracy and freedom …

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