Off the shore of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is surrounded by deep waters and counter currents. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island is more or less rectangular in shape. It is home to dense and exuberant tropical moist forests.
2. Studenica Monastery, Serbia
A 12th Century Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Studenica Monastery is situated in Central Serbia. It is one of the largest and richest Serb Orthodox Monasteries in existence. A must see destination for religious followers, or just a curious soul. Surely, an exotic destination.
3. Shibam, Yemen
With 7,000 inhabitants, Shibam, is quite a large town nestled in Yemen, famous for its mud-brick-made tower houses. The first known inscription about the city dates back from the 3rd century AD. It was the capital of Hadramawt Kingdom, and is now officially a World Heritage Site. The distinct features set it apart from other Heritage sites, and the houses rise 5 to 11 stories high.
4. Gillette Castle State Park
Sitting high above the Connecticut River, the castle was originally a private residence. Designed by William Gillette, an american actor, famous for playing the role of Sherlock Holmes. The park receives 300,000 visitors annually. It opened in 2002, after years of restoration costing a total of 11 million dollars. Now, includes a museum, hiking trails, picnic area, and theatrical celebrations.
6. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dinosaur Provincial Park is located two and a half hours southeast of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The park is situated in the valley of the REd Deer River and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums around the globe. It is also well-known for being the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world.
7. Rock Paintings, Baja California
Consisting of prehistoric paintings of humans and other animals, often larger than life-size, the paintings are situated in the mountains of northern and southern Baja California. The most common figures are humans and deer; others include rabbits, bighorn sheep, birds, fish, and snakes. The images are essentially silhouettes. A dorsal/ventral perspective is employed for humans, turtles, birds, and fish. A lateral perspective is used for most deer and other animals.
8. Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Established on April 1, 1931, as a unit of the National Park Service, Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located in northeastern Arizona-within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Ultimately, it preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples.
9. Gebel Barkal And The Sites Of Napatan, Sudan
A small mountain located some 400 km, north of Khartoum in Karima town, Sudan. The mountain is 98m tall, has a flat top, and apparently was used as a landmark by the traders in the important route between central Africa, Arabia, and Egypt. In 2003, the mountain and the historical city of Napata were named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.