Protected Areas in Central/North America

El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve World Heritage Site (Mexico)

The reserve comprises the Pinacate area, the Gran Desierto de Altar, and the Bahía Adair on the Gulf of California’s border in northeastern Mexico. Geological volcanic formations with craters, dunes, oasis and beaches, as well as the diversity of plant associations determine its special landscape.

Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California World Heritage Site (Mexico)

The Gulf of California in northwestern Mexico was once famously dubbed the "Aquarium of the World." The striking natural beauty of the Sea of Cortez, formed by rugged islands with high cliffs and sandy beaches, contrast with the brilliant reflection from the desert and the surrounding turquoise waters.