Protected Areas in Central/North America

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

The Biosphere Reserve comprises the Pinacate area, Gran Desierto de Altar, and 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, create its special landscape.

Guanacaste Conservation Area / Area de Conservación Guanacaste, World Heritage Site (Costa Rica)

This conservation area in northwestern Costa Rica contains a mosaic of diverse ecosystems from the Pacific shores to the lowland rain forests in the Caribbean basin. It is comprised of four contiguous protected areas, containing important terrestrial and marine-coastal environments and key habitats.

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.

Islas Marietas Archipelago: Islas Marietas National Park and Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)

Islas Marietas are a group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of the state of Nayarit, southwest of the peninsula known as Punta de Mita. The islands are characterized by their wealth of bird and fish fauna. The island archipelago is both a National Park and Biosphere Reserve.