List of World Heritage Sites in Colombia

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.[1] Colombia accepted the convention on 24 May 1983, making its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list. As of 2018, there are nine World Heritage Sites in Colombia, including six cultural sites, two natural sites and one mixed site.[2]

The first site in Colombia, Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena, was inscribed on the list at the 8th Session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1984.[3] Los Katíos National Park was inscribed as the first natural site in 1994.[4] Chiribiquete National Park – "The Maloca of the Jaguar" was added to the list in 2018 as Colombia's latest inscription.[5]

World Heritage Sites[edit]

The table is sortable by column by clicking on the Sort both.gif at the top of the appropriate column; alphanumerically for the site, area, and year columns; by state party for the location column; and by criteria type for the criteria column. Transborder sites sort at the bottom.

Site; named after the World Heritage Committee's official designation[6]
Location; at city, regional, or provincial level and geocoordinates
Criteria; as defined by the World Heritage Committee[7]
Area; in hectares and acres. If available, the size of the buffer zone has been noted as well. A value of zero implies that no data has been published by UNESCO
Year; during which the site was inscribed to the World Heritage List
Description; brief information about the site, including reasons for qualifying as an endangered site, if applicable
  * Transnational site
Site Image Location Criteria Area
ha (acre)
Year Notes
Chiribiquete National Park– "The Maloca of the Jaguar" A tepui within the Chiribiquete National Park. ColombiaCaquetá and Guaviare Departments
0°31′31″N 72°47′50″W / 0.52528°N 72.79722°W / 0.52528; -72.79722 (Chiribiquete National Park)
(iii), (ix), (x)
2,782,354 (6,875,350); buffer zone 3,989,682.82 (9,858,721.0) 2018 [8]
Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia Chinchiná cafetal.jpg ColCaldas, Quindío and Risaralda Departments
5°28′18″N 75°40′54″W / 5.47167°N 75.68167°W / 5.47167; -75.68167
141,120 (348,700) 2011 [9]
Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox Santa barbara dia.JPG ColBolívar Department
9°14′00″N 74°26′00″W / 9.23333°N 74.43333°W / 9.23333; -74.43333
0 1995 [10]
Los Katíos National Park Giant anteater (4531346746).jpg ColAntioquia and Chocó Departments
7°40′00″N 77°00′00″W / 7.66667°N 77.00000°W / 7.66667; -77.00000
141,120 (348,700) 1994 [11]
Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary Malpelo island NOAA.jpg ColValle del Cauca Department
3°58′00″N 81°37′00″W / 3.96667°N 81.61667°W / 3.96667; -81.61667
857,500 (2,119,000) 2006 [12]
National Archeological Park of Tierradentro Tombs in Tierra Dentro.jpg ColCauca Department
2°35′00″N 76°02′00″W / 2.58333°N 76.03333°W / 2.58333; -76.03333
0 1995 [13]
Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena 71 - Carthagène - Décembre 2008.jpg ColBolívar Department
10°25′00″N 75°32′00″W / 10.41667°N 75.53333°W / 10.41667; -75.53333
0 1984 [14]
Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System* Inca trail ColVarious, shared with
18°15′00″S 69°35′30″W / 18.25000°S 69.59167°W / -18.25000; -69.59167
11,407 (28,190) 2014 [15]
San Agustín Archaeological Park Parque Arqueológico de San Agustín - Tumb with deity.jpg ColHuila Department
1°55′00″N 76°14′00″W / 1.91667°N 76.23333°W / 1.91667; -76.23333
0 1995 [16]

Tentative list[edit]

In addition to sites inscribed on the World Heritage list, member states can maintain a list of tentative sites that they may consider for nomination. Nominations for the World Heritage list are only accepted if the site was previously listed on the tentative list.[17] As of 2016, Colombia lists eighteen properties on its tentative list:[18]

  1. Canal del Dique - Dike Canal (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  2. Catholic Doctrine Temples (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  3. Chiribiquete National Park (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  4. Cultural Landscape of Salt Towns (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  5. Cultural Landscape of the Lower Basin of the Chicamocha River (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  6. Cultural Landscape of the Vernacular Stilt Housing of Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta and of Medio Atrato (Submitted 22/10/2013)
  7. Pre-Hispanic Hydraulic System of the San Jorge River (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  8. Puente de Occidente (Western Bridge) (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  9. Seaflower Marine Protected Area (MPA) (Submitted 18/09/2007)
  10. Sistema Hidráulico Prehispánico del Río San Jorge (Submitted 29/10/1993)
  11. South of Ricaurte Province (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  12. Tatacoa Desert (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  13. Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Parks and their Archaeological Sites (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  14. United Fruit Company Infrastructure (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  15. University City of Bogotá (Submitted 27/09/2012)
  16. Virgilio Barco Library (Submitted 27/09/2012)


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  2. ^ "Colombia". UNESCO. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Report of the 8th Session of the Committee". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Report of the 18th Session of the Committee". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Four sites added to UNESCO's World Heritage List". UNESCO. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  6. ^ "World Heritage List". UNESCO. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  7. ^ "The Criteria for Selection". UNESCO. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Chiribiquete National Park – "The Maloca of the Jaguar"". UNESCO. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Los Katíos National Park". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  13. ^ "National Archeological Park of Tierradentro". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  16. ^ "San Agustín Archaeological Park". UNESCO. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Tentative Lists". UNESCO. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  18. ^ "Tentative List – Colombia". UNESCO. Retrieved 7 August 2016.