If you’re fond of insanely long bucket lists, don’t mind sprinting through airports and have extremely deep pockets, have we got a deal for you! Visit all 962 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in two years for a mere $1,500,000. From Galápagos to the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef, they’re all waiting for you. (If you do the math, it adds up to just over $2,000 a day!)
This fantastic voyage for two is being offered on the website veryfirstto.com which bills itself as a portal for “wealthy early adopters–individuals who want to be the first to have and do things.”
According to the site, destinations also include: “Mexico’s ancient city of Monte Alban; the sensational Taj Mahal in India; Petra the symbol of Jordan; Cambodia’s exotic Angkor temples; Spain’s Moorish Alhambra; the Great Pyramids in Egypt; China’s enchanting Forbidden City and Peru’s Machu Picchu sitting 8,000 ft above sea level.”
“I have an insatiable capacity for travel,” the site’s founder, Marcel Knobil told Galápagos Digital.
You’d have to be insatiable to sign up for this trip as 962 World Heritage sites in two years works out to 1.3178 sites per day.
“It’s not a relaxing, easy-going trip,” Knobil said, “It’s quite relentless.”
It brings to mind the old joke about the hurried American tourist in France who runs up to the information counter at the Louvre and, panting, asks, “Where’s the Mona Lisa? I’m double-parked!”
This time around, it’ll be hurried Chinese tourists. An unidentified pair of customers in China became the first to sign up for the whole thing. Knobil said the travel agency that’s handling the trip is also negotiating with other customers to book just selected sites, not all 962. The pace, he said, is also negotiable.
If you want to start planning your itinerary now, the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper has published a handy list of the World Heritage Sites.
In Ecuador, they include the Galápagos Islands, Sangay National park and the cities of Quito and Cuenca. Now the question is: if you have to visit 1.3178 sites per day, how do you get to all four of the Ecuadorian ones in three days?