World Heritage Sites in Central/North America

Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection World Heritage Site (Panama)

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.

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 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.

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.