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30 Spectacular Aerial Photos Of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites That Will Take Your Breath Away

30 Spectacular Aerial Photos Of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites That Will Take Your Breath Away

Are you ready to experience 30 breathtaking places that don’t even feel like they belong on planet Earth? UNESCO has amassed over 1,000 amazing heritage sites and I have gone through all of them to pick out some of the best ones!

UNESCO’s heritage sites range from natural landscapes to beautiful cities and gardens. All of which have to go through a rigorous selection process. Let me know in the comments which is your favorite!

1. Iguazu National Park, Argentina/Brazil

Iguazu National Park

    The 80-meter-high waterfall is right in the center of this site and is 2,700 meters across. The waterfall is made up of many different cascades and is one of the most amazing waterfalls in the world.

    2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    Great Barrier Reef

      This very well-known reef off of the north-east Australian coast, is beaten by few in beauty. It holds the world’s largest collection of coral reefs and has 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 kinds of mollusk.

      3. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

      Galapagos Islands

        Located in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapapos Islands sit 1,000 kilometers off the South American coast. There are 18 islands that belong to the chain and the local marine life has been called a “living museum and showcase of evolution.”

        4. Simien National Park, Ethiopia

        Simien National Park

          This Ethiopian park has gone through massive erosion, which created this stunning area. The valley digs deep and can drop as much as 1,500 meters. The park also has extremely rare animals including the Gelda baboon, the Simien fox, and the Walia ibex.

          5. Timbuktu, Mali

          timbuktu

            During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Timbuktu was known as an intellectual and spiritual capital and was a pivotal point for the propagation of Islam throughout the African continent.

             6. Cape Floral, South Africa

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            Cape Floral

              This African site is made up of eight protected areas and covers 553,000 ha of land. For soil quality, this is one of the richest areas in the world, which results in lush vegetation. This heritage site represents only 0.5% of the area of Africa, but has nearly 20% of the continent’s flora.

              7. Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan

              Bamiyan Valley

                Bamiyan Valley is home to the remains of the artistic and religious developments that occurred between the first and thirteenth centuries. The area has many Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries, as well as buildings from the Islamic period.

                8. Península Valdés, Patagonia

                Valdes

                  This peninsula is a huge focal point for the conservation of marine mammals. The peninsula is important for the breeding population of endangered southern right whales, southern elephant seals and southern sea lions.

                  9. Ischigualasto, Argentina

                  Ichigualasto

                    There are actually two natural parks in this area. The first one (which is shown) is Ischigualasto and the second is Talampaya. Together they cover a massive 275,300 ha. Throughout the parks there are many fossils of plants, dinosaurs, and mammals.

                    10. Quebrada de Humahuaca, Argentina

                    Quebrada de Humahuaca

                      This valley has been used as an important trade route over the past 10,000 years and has been home to many prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities of the Inca Empire.

                      11. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

                      Qhapaq Ñan

                        Over several centuries, the Incas created a trade and defense network of roads covering 30,000 kilometers. This network stretched from the peaks of the Andes, through rain forests, valleys and deserts.

                        12. Shark Bay, Australia

                        Shark Bay

                          Shark Bay, on the western point of Australia, is home to five species of endangered animals and has vast sea-grass beds that cover 4,800 square kilometers, making them the largest in the world.

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                          13. Historic Center of the City of Salzburg, Austria

                          Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

                            This historic city reaches back to the Middle Ages, when it first became a city-state. It was ruled by prince-archbishops all the way until the nineteenth century. It’s known for its beautiful Gothic art and for being the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, among others.

                            14. Purnululu National Park, Australia

                            Purnululu National Park

                              The Purnululu National Park stretches across a total of 239,723 ha and is located in Western Australia, like Shark Bay above. The rock formations are made of Devonian-age quartz sandstone, which have been eroding over the past 20 million years.

                              15. Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

                              Greater Blue Mountains Area

                                This area in New South Wales is called great for a reason, it consist of 1.03 million ha of sandstone plateau! The area is known for the ecological diversity of the eucalypts associated with its many different habitats. This is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet.

                                16. Macquarie Island, Tasmania

                                Macquarie Island

                                  Macquarie Island is in the Southern Ocean and is the exposed crest of the undersea Macquarie Ridge. The formation comes from the Indo-Australian tectonic plate being pressed against the Pacific plate.

                                  17. Gondwana Rainforests, Australia

                                  Gondwana Rainforests

                                    This rainforest is next to large shield volcanic craters and has a high number of rare and endangered species. This forest is very important for scientific research and has many different protected areas.

                                    18. Ningaloo Coast, Australia

                                    Ningaloo Coast

                                      In total this coast stretches over 600,000 ha, along a remote part of the western edge of Australia. It is one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world and has a network of underground caves and water courses.

                                      19. Belize Barrier Reef, Belize

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                                      Belize Barrier Reef

                                        Home to the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, Belize has mangrove forests, coastal lagoons, estuaries and more. There are seven sites attached to this reef and it’s a significant habitat for threatened species.

                                        20. Nahanni National Park, Canada

                                        Nahanni National Park

                                          Nahanni is located along the South Nahanni River in the Canadian Northwest Territories. The park is home to deep canyons, massive waterfalls, and unique limestone caves. You can find many different animals here such as wolves, caribou, and grizzly bears.

                                          21. The Great Wall, China

                                          The Great Wall

                                            The most well-known place on this list, it was built in 220 B.C. under Qin Shi Huang and used as a defense system against invasions. Construction on the wall didn’t stop until the Ming Dynasty took over in the mid-fourteenth century.

                                            22. Mount Huangshan, China

                                            Mount Huangshan

                                              Represented as the ‘loveliest mountain of China,’ it has been the feature of many artistic works and literature. The sea of clouds and granite rocks create an amazing view that not many other places in the world can beat.

                                              23. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

                                              Virunga National Park

                                                The park is home to a massive diversity of habitats that cover swamps, steppes, lava plains, savannahs, and the Rwenzori mountains, which reach as high as 5,000 meters. You can also find mountain gorillas, nearly 20,000 hippopotamuses, and many different species of birds.

                                                24. Banks of the Seine, Paris

                                                Banks of the Seine

                                                  Paris is home to many outstanding achievements, filling it with beauty, and the Seine is one of them. The Seine has many different bridges that span its gap and it runs past the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle.

                                                  25. Upper Svaneti, Georgia

                                                  Upper Svaneti

                                                    Filled with medieval-type villages and surrounded by mountains, the village of Chazhashi has over 200 unusual houses, which were not only used to live in but as defense positions against many of the invaders who surrounded the region as well.

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                                                    26. Wadden Sea, Denmark/Germany

                                                    Wadden Sea

                                                      The Wadden Sea is the world’s largest unbroken system of inter-tidal sand and mud flats. It was originally added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2009 and was later extended to cover the section of it in Denmark.

                                                      27. Mount Athos, Greece

                                                      Mount Athos

                                                        The history of Mount Athos is very rich and unique. It has been used as an Orthodox spiritual center since 1054 and is an autonomous statute. It is known as the ‘Holy Mountain’ and has been forbidden to women and children.

                                                        28. Tikal National Park, Guatemala

                                                        Tikal National Park

                                                          A major site of Mayan civilization, Tikal is surrounded by vegetation in the center of the jungle. It was inhabited from the sixth century B.C. until the tenth century A.D. There are multiple temples and palaces in the ruins.

                                                          29. Masada, Israel

                                                          Masada

                                                            Masada is located in the Judaean Desert and looks over the Dead Sea. Many view it as the symbol for the ancient kingdom of Israel. It came to a violent end in 73 A.D., destroyed by the Roman army as the Jewish patriots fought their last battle.

                                                            30. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

                                                            Durmitor National Park

                                                              Originally formed by glaciers, followed by rivers and underground streams, the Durmitor National Park is home to the Tara River Canyon. The canyon has the deepest gorges in Europe and a dense pine forest throughout.

                                                              So, which was was your favorite?

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                                                              10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                                                              10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                                                              Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

                                                              Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

                                                              As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

                                                              In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

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                                                              1. Monday dot com

                                                                Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                                                                The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                                                                The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                                                                The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

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                                                                2. Asana

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                                                                  The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                                                                  The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                                                                  Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

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                                                                  3. Trello

                                                                    Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                                                                    Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                                                                    Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                                                                    Check out the software here!

                                                                    4. Jira

                                                                      The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                                                                      The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

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                                                                      5. Evernote Business

                                                                        Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                                                                        The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                                                                        Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

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                                                                        6. Slack

                                                                          Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

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                                                                          7. Spike

                                                                            Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                                                                            Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                                                                            Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

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                                                                            8. Office 365

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                                                                              You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                                                                              Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

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                                                                              9. Grammarly

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                                                                                Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

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                                                                                10. ActivTrak

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                                                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                                                  Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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