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UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mexico

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage.

As of 2018, there are 35 World Heritage Sites in Mexico, including 27 cultural sites, 6 natural sites, and 2 mixed sites. The country ranks 1st in the Americas and 7th worldwide by the number of UNESCO Heritage sites.

Sites considered for nomination for UNESCO World Heritage

  • Chapultepec forest, hill, and castle
  • Historic Villa of Alamos
  • Temple of Santa Prisca de Taxco and its surroundings
  • Pre-Hispanic city of Cantona
  • Great pre-Hispanic city of Chicomostoc-La Quemada
  • Historic town of San Sebastián del Oeste
  • Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Studio House Museum
  • Valley of the Cirios
  • Cuatrociénegas Flora and Fauna Protection Area
  • Historic Villa of the Real de Minas de las Oncemil Vírgenes de Cosalá in Sinaloa
  • Huichol Route through the sacred sites to Huiricuta
  • Lacan-Tún Region – Usumacinta
  • Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve
  • Tecoaque
  • The City of Cuetzalan and its historical, cultural, and natural environment
  • Historic city of Izamal
  • Los Petenes-Ría Celestún
  • The Pools of Xilitla
  • The Arc of Time of the La Venta River
  • The cenotes ring of the Chicxulub Crater
  • Las Labradas, Archaeological Site of Sinaloa

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mexico

  • Indigenous festivals dedicated to the dead
  • Ritual ceremony of the Voladores
  • Places of memory and living traditions of the Otomí-Chichimecas of Tolimán: the Peña de Bernal, guardian of a sacred territory
  • Parachicos in the traditional January party of Chiapa de Corzo
  • La pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépechas
  • Traditional Mexican cuisine and community culture
  • The Mariachi, string music, singing and trumpet
  • The charrería, an equestrian tradition in Mexico
  • The pilgrimage of Zapopan

35 World Heritage Sites in Mexico

  • Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco (1987)
  • Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Monte Alban (1987)
  • Historic Centre of Puebla (1987)
  • Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque (1987)
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (1987)
  • Sian Ka’an (1987)
  • Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines (1988)
  • Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza (1988)
  • Historic Centre of Morelia (1991)
  • El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City (1992)
  • Historic Centre of Zacatecas (1993)
  • Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco (1993)
  • Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino (1993)
  • Earliest 16th Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl (1994)
  • Historic Monuments Zone of Queretaro (1996)
  • Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal (1996)
  • Hospicio Cabanas (1997)
  • Archaeological Zone of Paquime, Casas Grandes (1997)
  • Historic Monuments Zone of Ttacotalpan (1998)
  • Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco (1999)
  • Historic Fortified Town of Campeche (1999)
  • Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche (2002)
  • Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda (2003)
  • Luis Barragan House and Studio (2003)
  • Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California (2005)
  • Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila (2006)
  • Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (2007)
  • Nazareno de Atotonilco (2008)
  • Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (2008)
  • Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (2010)
  • Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca (2010)
  • El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (2013)
  • Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System (2015)
  • Archipelago de Revillagigedo (2016)
  • Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley: Originary Habitat of Mesoamerica (2018)
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