World Heritage Sites in Central/North America

Coiba Island: Coiba National Park, World Heritage Site (Panama) Editor Sun, 12/16/2018 - 17:25
Coiba National Park, off the southwest coast of Panama, protects Coiba Island and 38 smaller islands as well as surrounding marine areas within the Gulf of Chiriqui. Coiba’s Pacific tropical moist forest maintains exceptionally high levels of endemism of mammals, birds and plants.
Darién National Park and Bioshere Reserve (Panama) Editor Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:47
Darién National Park and Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected area in Panama, containing an exceptional variety of habitats: sandy beaches, rocky coasts, mangroves, and swamps as well as lowland and upland tropical forests containing remarkable wildlife.

Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatépetl World Heritage Site (Mexico)

These 14 monasteries stand on the slopes of Popocatépetl to the southeast of Mexico City. They are in an excellent state of conservation and are good examples of the architectural style adopted by the first missionaries who converted the indigenous populations to Christianity in the early 16th century.

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.

Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro World Heritage Site (Mexico)

The five Franciscan missions of Sierra Gorda were built during the last phase of the conversion to Christianity of the interior of Mexico in the mid-18th century. The richly decorated church facades represent the joint creative efforts of the missionaries and the indigenous people of the Americas.

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.