Surrounded by the lush vegetation of the Maya Forest, lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization. Tikal National Park is one of the few World Heritage properties inscribed according to both natural and cultural criteria for its extraordinary biodiversity and archaeological importance.
Protected Areas in Central America
Tortuguero National Park is situated in the Limón Province of northern Costa Rica. Set in a natural wetland of the Caribbean coast with over 20 miles of coastline, it forms a corridor with another protected area, the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve of Nicaragua and is a key Ramsar site.
The Trifinio Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve is a trinational biosphere reserve located between El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. It is the first transboundary biosphere reserve in Central America and represents a major contribution to implementation of the Mesoamerican Corridor.
The Veracruz Coral Reef System comprises flats, islands and reefs that are located in the Gulf of Mexico on the inner part of the continental shelf. The area harbors resident, transitory and migrant fish, operating as a barrier against waves and storms.