Thousands, if not millions of travellers are visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world every single day. That’s because these are notable for being iconic sites of cultural, historical, religious, and natural interest. It’s the crème de la crème of where to go if you’re an avid traveller.

Press release – UNESCO stands for United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, and it was born out of the horrors of WWII, with the aim to spread peace, and as a precaution to protect areas form future conflict – especially given how many incredible sites were lost during those wars.

In 1978, the first 12 sites were announced: the Galapagos Islands, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Park, Nahanni National Park, City of Quito, Simien National Park, Rock-Hewn Churches of Ethiopia, Aachen Cathedral, Krakow’s historic centre,

Wieliczka and Bochnia Salt Mines, Island of Goree, Mesa Verde National Park, and Yellowstone National Park. Today, there are more than 1,100 UNESCO sites dotted all over the world, with new ones being added every year.

Given that a large portion of these amazing sites can be found in Latin America – such as the Galapagos Islands, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the city of Quito in Ecuador, and Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, we thought we would have a look and see which sites around the world are the most popular – according to Instagram. We turned to the widely used photo sharing platform to analyse the number of times every single UNESCO site has been geotagged by users, sharing a photo in that location.

1Rio de JaneiroBrazil23,463,071
3Historic Centre of OportoPortugal4,474,277
5Historic Monuments of Ancient KyotoJapan4,348,400
6City of QuitoEcuador3,857,762
7City of VeronaItaly3,375,458
8Historic Site of LyonFrance3,355,163
9Cathedrald Notre-Dame de ParisFrance2,758,980
10Cartagena De IndiasColombia2,514,005
11Yosemite National ParkUSA2,301,847
12Grand Canyon National ParkUSA2,127,400
13Sydney Opera HouseAustralia1,698,423
14Cultural Landscape of SintraPortugal1,367,607
15Vatican CityVatican City1,253,667
16City of CuzcoPeru1,172,510
17City of BathUK1,141,373
18Acropolis, AthensGreece1,131,126
19Statue of LibertyUSA1,002,963
20Antigua GuatemalaGuatemala961,646
21Historic Sanctuary of Machu PicchuPeru893,711
22Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s ChurchUK883,120
23Yellowstone National ParkUSA872,901
24City of VallettaMalta848,486

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Check out the whole list here:

The 100 Most Instagrammed UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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