Looking for a roadmap to responsible, conscious, Indigenous eco, local tourism? So are we. Updating this guide to the newly-named World Heritage Spot.
Breaking (July 2018) – The 42WHC has inscribed Chiribiquete National Park as a world heritage site
Chiribiquete National Natural Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) Serranía de Chiribiquete) is the largest national park in Colombia. It was established in 1989 and expanded in 2013. The park occupies 27,800 square kilometres (10,700 sq mi) and includes the Serranía de Chiribiquete mountains and the surrounding lowlands, which are covered by tropical moist forest, savannas and rivers.
UNESCO: Chiribiquete Natural National Park covers an area of 1,280,000 hectares, and is the conservation unit of the National Park System with greatest extension in Colombia. It is located at the western end of the Guiana biogeographic province, which transcends the physical boundaries of the equally named Guiana Shield, which is one of the oldest rock formations on the planet. Throughout the two main rivers that enter the heart of the Park, Mesay river and Cuñare river, there are waterfalls with altitudes between 50 and 70 meters and falling from the top of the tepuys (rock masses with heights between 350 and 840 meters), forming dark water sources in addition to rapids which are formed in these rivers and the Apaporis, Yari and Tunia rivers. Rapids provide this place with exceptional beauty. Due to the large area covered and the difficulties of access, only a minimal part of the Park is thought to have been surveyed.
Chiribiquete National Park is preserved as an unexplored area north of the Amazon. Difficulty of access to this place has preserved almost intact various ecosystems that house both a variety of biological wealth rarely studied in depth so far, and a witness to the passing of human beings in this area, leaving rock art sets of special beauty reflected in the rock wall, which are regard as the important vestiges in this area and the key to understanding the lifestyle and worldview by the ancestors of the current inhabitants of the northern Amazon.
— UNESCO (@UNESCO) July 1, 2018
Exceptional site linking nature and culture, Chiribiquete National Park – the Maloca of the Jaguar, Columbia, just inscribed on World Heritage List! pic.twitter.com/RtOLTfTjAV
— Mechtild Rossler (@mechtildrossler) July 1, 2018
#Colombia's Chiribiquete National Park has just been inscribed on the #WorldHeritage List at #42WHC, as advised by @IUCN and @ICOMOS. Indigenous peoples consider the site to be a “maloca” for jaguars – see pics here https://t.co/JXmZJL8139 #NatureCulture pic.twitter.com/dBtLHtVKAO
— IUCN Protected Areas (@IUCN_PA) July 1, 2018
Feliz la delegación colombiana en Baréin tras el anuncio de PNN Serranía de Chiribiquete como Patrimonio Mixto Mundial de la Humanidad (Protege valores naturales y culturales) #ChiribiquetePatrimonioMundial pic.twitter.com/TxivZqCNQU
— Parques Nacionales (@ParquesColombia) July 1, 2018
After 15 years of work @Colombia’s Chiribiquete National Park got inscribed as mixed site on @UNESCO’s #WorldHeritageList! #Chiribiquete is crucial to this region’s biodiversity, hosting nearly 3,000 different species and at least 6 new species beside its remarkable rock art! pic.twitter.com/Yx6vLiWHxw
— WHNominations&TLs (@alebalsamo70) July 1, 2018
— Instituto Humboldt (@inst_humboldt) July 1, 2018