Visit these 5 world heritage towns in Latin America

Latin America is full of magical places that can make your travels a unique experience. Get to know these villages and fall in love with the region.

San Salvador de Bahia - Brazil and Historic City of Guanajuato - Mexico

San Salvador de Bahia - Brazil and Historic City of Guanajuato - Mexico. / Photos: Pixabay

LatinAmerican Post | Juliana Suárez

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Due to its cultural, climatic and landscape diversity, Latin America is the perfect setting to meet different towns and cities, each with unique characteristics. There are places for those who like the city, or the countryside, extreme sports, nature or any other type of activity.

The World Heritage Center of Unesco chooses every year some places in the world that highlight its importance and importance. These can be both natural and cultural, so there are endless Natural Parks, but also towns and cities. Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico are some of the Latin American countries with more Unesco assets

Here are some villages listed in the Unesco World Heritage Center as Cultural Heritage so you don't miss them the next time you visit a country in Latin America.

1. Historic Center of Santa Cruz de Mompox - Colombia

Mompox is a city built on the banks of the Magdalena River, considered the fluvial artery of Colombia. Its cultural tradition comes from the time of Spanish colonization, because of its geographical location allowed its development in favor of trade and expansion.


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Most of its buildings still preserve the colonial tradition, making the trip to this city full of reminiscences of the Spanish past. Walking through its streets is to be in a novel by Gabriel García Márquez, literally, because 'The General in his labyrinth' was inspired by Mompox's past, creating a town full of magical realism.

2. Historic center San Salvador de Bahia - Brazil

Since 1985, this city has been listed as a Cultural Good of Humanity. In its center, you can find old buildings that give the place a colonial and rustic touch. The old part of the city is also full of bright colors that give it that characteristic joy of the Carioca country.


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San Salvador de Bahia is also a culturally rich place, as it was the first capital of Brazil. There was the first slave market in the New World, so a conjugation between European and African cultures developed there.

3. Cienfuegos urban historic center - Cuba

Although in Cuba also the historic center of Havana is a cultural asset, we wanted to portray this other city, whose cultural wealth starts from the 19th century when, even during the Spanish domination, it was founded by French settlers.


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The wealth of Cienfuegos also lies in the commercial culture, as it revolves around tobacco, sugarcane and coffee trade. Its architecture, while retaining a classic touch, also reflects the modernist evolution that progressively reached the cities.

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4. Apple and Jesuit stays of Córdoba - Argentina

Although it is not a town or a city as such, this good is located in one of the most tourist cities in Argentina: Córdoba. The Jesuit apple has a component not only a cultural but important religious for the Jesuit community.


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There are five rooms of the Society of Jesus where great religious figures have lived, thus becoming a place impregnated with knowledge and experience.

5. The historic city of Guanajuato and adjacent mines - Mexico

Mexico, without going too far or based solely on Unesco, is a country that sprouts culture wherever it is seen. This is why many of its towns and historical centers are part of the long list of cultural property. Among them, we wanted to highlight Guanajuato, one of the most beautiful and traditional villages in this country.


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In addition, it has a mining past, a source of economy centuries ago, so its past remains buried in underground streets and mines throughout the city. Guanajuato also has baroque architecture characteristic not only of the country but of all of Latin America.