When I first started traveling to Mexico in the 1980’s, one of my goals was to eventually visit all of that country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The list was considerably shorter back then, but it was still an ambitious project.
Mexico now has 29 properties (25 Cultural and four Natural) inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which is more than any other nation in the Americas. I’ve managed to explore 25 of these sites over the years, and I hope to be around long enough to complete my plans. However, this may not be as easy as it sounds. Mexico has a lineup of places waiting to be added to the World Heritage List, so it promises to keep getting longer.
Some of the most recent sites in Mexico to have been submitted to UNESCO for consideration are the Spanish colonial city of San Luis Potosi, Ria Celestun and Izamal in the Yucatan, as well as the surrealist sculpture garden of Las Pozas in the state of San Luis Potosi.
Here is a slide-show of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico that I’ve been lucky enough to visit. Please mouse over the screen to view the captions. Click on individual images for more information.
Mexico’s World Heritage Sites – Images by John Mitchell