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If your trip will include UNESCO World Heritage Sites, be sure to browse through all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we've been there done that when it comes to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Blue Mountains, Just Outside of Sydney

Wentworth Falls, Australia
Wentworth Falls from the viewpoint across the canyon. You can't even see the entire thing!

The Blue Mountains are just a couple hours away from Central Sydney, and worth a visit if you have a few days. There are several tours operating out of Sydney, they cost about $70 aud and provide round trip transport, a guide, tea and cookies. The tour we went on included a boat cruise from Olympic Park Wharf to Circular Quay as well, stopping at Darling Harbor. This was a pleasant surprise as it meant we got a quick overview of Olympic Park also which was pretty cool, and saved me the train ride and time doing it myself.

Honeymoon Ideas in Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
The Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul

Q. Hope everything is going well with you. Nicole and I are doing our honeymoon in Turkey and I wanted to ask you a couple of questions. We are flying into Istanbul and staying there for 4 or 5 days and then we are thinking about going to Bodrum. Have you been there before? Is it cool? Is there anywhere else you would recommend over it?

Kings Canyon – Northern Territory, Australia

Thursday, January 6, 2011
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Kings Canyon from the edge

Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park in Northern Territory Australia. Although not as popular as some of the other sites in the NT its well worth a visit! Although called kings canyon its actually a gorge 270m height. The walk is only 6km but can take between 3- 5 hours depending on fitness level but even someone whose not in the best shape would still manage it. The 1st half kilometre definitely being the hardest the beginning of the walk known as ' heart attack hill' for its steep incline has an area to stop half way up. once concurred its relatively straight sailing from here with spectacular views of the gorge below and of the surrounding landscape.

Semuc Champey Pools – Lanquín, Guatemala

Semuc Champey, Guatemala
A view of Semuc Champey from the Mirador viewpoint

Semuc Champey is a natural attraction tucked away in the mountains of an isolated jungle in Guatemala. Situated in the town of Lanquín, get ready for a bumpy ride if you plan on visiting the pools. Semuc Champey sits above the Cahabón River, in an area where the harder rock on the surface has held strong while the river eroded the softer rock beneath. Now the pools sit a brilliant turquoise color while the muddy river runs beneath them and out the bottom of a large waterfall on the other end. The water in the pools is all rain water, which is why it’s so clear, unless it rains extremely hard for a long period of time, in which case the river may flood over the pools as well.

Cathedral of Sevilla, Spain

Sunday, June 27, 2010
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Cathedral Of Sevilla
Tough to fit the entire thing in a photograph, the Cathedral of Sevilla

The Cathedral of Sevilla (or Seville) is the largest gothic building in the world, and third largest church in the world. It’s impressive from the outside, but you can’t really get a good feel for its magnitude until you see the inside. The 16th century cathedral was built on top of a former mosque, giving it a unique style. One of the highlights of Sevilla, do not miss it.

Neuschwanstein Castle Pictures

Neuschwanstein Castle From St. Mary's Bridge
The best view of Neuschwanstein Castle comes from St. Mary’s Bridge as seen above

'Mad' King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle is easily the most amazing castle I've seen this far in my travels, and one of the most spectacular buildings. Situated in the foot of the German Alps dividing Germany from Austria, the Castle overlooks not 1, but 2 lakes, is surrounded by mountains on nearly every side, sits above a river and waterfall, and a huge green open field. There is another castle which you'll see from Neuschwanstein, it was built by 'Mad' King Ludwigs father King Ludwig I and is actually quite nice itself. However, 'Mad' King Ludwig decided he needed to one up his father and built his bigger and better, and looking down on Hohenschwangau, so this older castle gets no attention. You may recognize Neuschwanstein castle from the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty. Although not true, it looks more like they designed the castle from a fairy tale, not vise versa. The inside is as magnificent as the exterior, although 'Mad' King Ludwig II died before he could finish it, so they do not show every room to the public. If you're visiting Bavaria you can not skip this castle. It's an easy day trip from Munich or it's surrounding cities, or you can stay around the Castle in Hohenschwangau or Füssen.

Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico

Monday, March 15, 2010
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The Sun Pyramid
The Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan, Mexico

If you visit Mexico City, do not skip out on the Teotihuacan Pyramids. Book a tour out of Mexico City, they'll arrange your transportation to the Pyramids, and bring you by other sites on the way. Your hotel or hostel should be able to book the tour for you. You'll likely get a chance to try different Agave based liquors, including Tequila and Mezcal and get a traditional Mexican meal. Walk from the Moon Pyramid down Avenue of the Dead towards the Sun Pyramid. Climb the Sun Pyramid, touch the Abalone, and climb down. If you arrive at peak hours plan to spend some time waiting in line to climb the Sun Pyramid as limited numbers of people are allowed up at any given time. The stairs are steep and narrow, and its a long ways up, but its worth the climb.

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