UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America

As of 2017, there are 42 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America. There are 3 transboundary sites, 30 cultural sites, 10 natural sites, and 2 mixed sites. In this list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America, 3 are added to the World Heritage Sites in Danger.



  • Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  • Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture


  • Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil)
  • Serra da Capivara National Park
  • Historic Centre of São Luís
  • Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  • Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks
  • Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás
  • Pampulha Modern Ensemble
  • Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site


  • Churches of Chloe
  • Rapa Nui National Park
  • Qhapaq Nan, Incasic Road System
  • Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaiso
  • Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
  • Sewell Mining Town


  • Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena
  • Los Katíos National Park
  • Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox
  • National Archeological Park of Tierradentro
  • San Agustín Archaeological Park



  • Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue


  • City of Cuzco
  • Chavin (Archaeological Site)
  • Huascarán National Park
  • Historic Centre of Lima
  • Río Abiseo National Park
  • Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa


  • Historic Inner City of Paramaribo


  • Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape


  • Coro and its Port
  • Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas
Gary Arndt
Gary Arndt

Gary began traveling the world in 2007. His travels have taken him to over 200 countries and territories and 400 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

He is a 3x Lowell Thomas Award winner and a 3x North American Travel Photographer of the Year.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.