Protected Areas in Central America

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

The El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar 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 and 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.