World Heritage Sites in Central America

Antigua Guatemala: Preserving Colonial Majesty Amidst Nature's Trials

Nestled in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands of Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala, affectionately known as "Antigua" or "La Antigua," stands as a timeless testament to the grandeur of colonial architecture and the resilience of its inhabitants in the face of natural calamities. Enveloped in a landscape of rolling hills and volcanic peaks, this historic city beckons visitors with its rich cultural heritage, vibrant streets, and magnificent architecture.

Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quiriguá: A Mayan Marvel Preserved in Stone

Nestled in the lush landscapes of the Department of Izabal in southeastern Guatemala, the Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quiriguá stand as a testament to the grandeur of Mayan civilization. Located along the lower Motagua River, this World Heritage site is a captivating archaeological treasure trove that unfolds the mysteries of an ancient city.

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System: A Symphony of Biodiversity and Conservation

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is a concrete manifestation of Belize's unwavering dedication to conserving its marine wonders. Established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, this intricate network encompasses seven protected areas, enhancing the extraordinary diversity of reef types and ecosystems within the Belize Barrier Reef.

Darién National Park: Preserving Panama's Natural and Cultural Legacy

In the southeastern corner of Panama, Darién National Park is a sprawling sanctuary in the Darién Province. Recognized as a World Heritage Site, it is one of Central America's most ecologically and culturally significant protected areas. The park boasts an exceptional variety of ecosystems and serves as a vital habitat for numerous species, including critically endangered mammals and birds. It is also a living cultural landscape, home to several indigenous and Afro-descendant communities.

Joya de Cerén: The Pompeii of the Americas

In El Salvador's La Libertad Department lies the Joya de Cerén site, often called the "Pompeii of the Americas." This World Heritage Site contains the remarkably preserved remains of a pre-Hispanic farming village suddenly buried beneath volcanic ash in the seventh century AD. Joya de Cerén offers a glimpse into the ancient Mesoamerican people's daily lives, customs, and traditions, providing a window into a vanished world.

Los Katíos National Park: A Jewel of Biodiversity in Colombia

Los Katíos National Park, a protected wildlife sanctuary nestled in northwest Colombia near the border with Panama, is a true ecological marvel. Located within the Darién Gap, a densely forested area shared by Panama and Colombia, Los Katíos National Park encompasses significant wetland areas, including the vast Ciénagas de Tumaradó. It boasts a remarkable biodiversity and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.