World Heritage Tentative List

Banwari Trace: Trinidad's Oldest Archaeological Treasure

Nestled in the southwestern corner of the Caribbean island of Trinidad lies a remarkable archaeological site known as Banwari Trace. This ancient Archaic-period settlement, dating back over 7,000 years, represents the oldest known human occupation in the West Indies, offering a rare glimpse into the lives and lifeways of some of the region's earliest inhabitants. Perhaps the most significant discovery at Banwari Trace was unearthing a remarkably well-preserved human skeleton, now known as "Banwari Man."

Cordillera del Paine: Torres del Paine National Park and Biosphere Reserve (Chile)

The Cordillera del Paine, a spectacular mountain range featuring the Torres del Paine peaks, lies between the Andes and the Patagonian steppe in southern Chile. Torres del Paine National Park and Biosphere Reserve is an area of scenic beauty with glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and lagoons.

Gulf of Fonseca: Nature, Geopolitics, Sustainability

The Gulf of Fonseca, located between El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, boasts notable islands and is a biodiversity hotspot featuring mangrove swamps, wetlands, and various climatic zones. Despite territorial disputes and international resolutions, the Gulf is a testament to the balance between environmental preservation, geopolitical cooperation, and sustainable practices.