List of World Heritage Sites in Mexico

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This is a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico. The country has the largest number of World Heritage Sites of any country in the Americas and the sixth most in the world.[1] As of July 2015 there are 27 cultural sites, 5 natural sites and 1 mixed site on the list, making for a total of 33.[2]


* = World Cultural Heritage Site
† = World Natural Heritage Site
*† = World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site (Mixed)
Image Name Location Date Number Criteria
Plaza de la Constitucion Ciudad de Mexico City.jpg Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco* Mexico City 1987 412 II, III, IV, V
Monte Alban West Side Platform.jpg Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Monte Albán* Oaxaca, Oaxaca 1987 415 I, II, III, IV
BIBLIOTECA PALAFOXIANA.tif Historic Centre of Puebla* Puebla, Puebla 1987 416 II, IV
Palenque temple 1.jpg Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque* Chiapas 1987 411 I, II, III, IV
View from Pyramide de la luna.jpg Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan* State of Mexico 1987 414 I, II, III, IV, V
Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve.jpg Sian Ka'an Tulum, Quintana Roo 1987 410 VII, X
Guanajuato (83).JPG Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines* Guanajuato, Guanajuato 1988 482 I, II, IV, VI
Chichen Itza 3.jpg Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza* Tinum, Yucatán 1988 483 I, II, III
Catedral Metropolitana de Morelia.jpg Historic Centre of Morelia* Michoacán 1991 585 II, IV, VI
PyramidNiches3.JPG El Tajín, Pre-Hispanic City* Veracruz 1992 631 III, IV
Avenida Hidalgo (3855145266).jpg Historic Centre of Zacatecas* Zacatecas 1993 676 II, IV
Baja California Sur.jpg Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco* Mulegé, Baja California Sur 1993 714 I, II
Ballena gris adulta con su ballenato.jpg Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino Mulegé, Baja California Sur 1993 554 X
Tochimilco portada.jpg Earliest 16th century monasteries on the slopes of Popocatépetl* Popocatépetl 1994 702 II, IV
Acueductodequerétaro.20nov..jpg Historic Monuments Zone of Querétaro* Querétaro, Querétaro 1996 792 II, IV
Uxmal01-panorama.jpg Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal* Yucatán 1996 791 I, II, III
Hospicio Cabañas.JPG Hospicio Cabañas* Guadalajara, Jalisco 1997 815 I, II, III, IV
Paquime0002.jpg Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes* Chihuahua 1997 560 III, IV
Tlacotalpan zocalo.jpg Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan* Veracruz 1998 862 II, IV
Mexico xochicalco pyramids.JPG Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco* Miacatlán, Morelos 1999 939 III, IV
Facades in Old City with Cathedral at Rear - Campeche - Mexico.jpg Historic Fortified Town of Campeche* Campeche, Campeche 1999 895 II, IV
Calakmul - Structure I.jpg Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche †* Campeche 2002 1061 I, II, III, IV
Jalpan de Serra 3.jpg Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda* Sierra Gorda, Querétaro 2003 1079 II, III
Luis Barragan - Casa Luis Barragan 張基義老師拍攝 010.jpg Luis Barragán House and Studio* Mexico City 2003 1136 I, II
Golfo 001.JPG Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California Gulf of California 2005 1182 VII, IX, X
Agave Tequila Jalisco 2.jpg Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila* Tequila, Jalisco 2006 1209 II, IV, V, VI
Biblioteca Central UNAM México.jpg Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)* Mexico City 2007 1250 I, II, IV
San Miguel de Allende sky.jpg Protective town of San Miguel de Allende and Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco* San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato 2008 1274 II, IV
Mexmonarchs.jpg Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve Michoacán; State of Mexico 2008 1290 VII
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail by Samat Jain.jpg Camino Real de Tierra Adentro* Mexico 2010 1351 II, IV
YagulPanorama.jpg Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca* Oaxaca 2010 1352 III
Tecolote Camp Pinacate Cholla.jpg El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve Sonora 2013 1410 VII, VIII, X
Zempoala Aqueduct, Acueducto del Padre Tembleque, Tepeyahualco Aqueduct 1.jpg Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System* State of Mexico; Hidalgo 2015 1463 I, II, IV

Location of sites[edit]

Numbered sites: 1. Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México; 2. Ciudad Universitaria; 3. Xochicalco; 4. Monasteries on the slopes of Popocatépetl; 5. Luis Barragan House and Studio; 6. Teotihuacan; 7. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve; 8. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque

Legend: Red pog.svg World Cultural Heritage Site; Green pog.svg World Natural Heritage Site

Tentative List[edit]

In addition there are sites on the "tentative list" including:[2]

Transboundary Nomination in the Making[edit]

The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Memorial at Plaza Mexico in Intramuros, Manila.

An Experts’ Roundtable Meeting was held at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on April 23, 2015 as part of the preparation of the Philippines for the possible transnational nomination of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route to the World Heritage List. The nomination will be made jointly with Mexico. The nomination is justified by the inclusion of the Silk Road Routes and the Routes is South America in the UNESCO World Heritage List in the last two years.

The following are the experts and the topics they discussed during the roundtable meeting: Dr. Celestina Boncan on the Tornaviaje; Dr. Mary Jane A. Bolunia on Shipyards in the Bicol Region; Mr. Sheldon Clyde Jago-on, Bobby Orillaneda, and Ligaya Lacsina on Underwater Archaeology; Dr. Leovino Garcia on Maps and Cartography; Fr. Rene Javellana, S.J. on Fortifications in the Philippines; Felice Sta. Maria on Food; Dr. Fernando Zialcita on Textile; and Regalado Trota Jose on Historical Dimension. The papers presented and discussed during the roundtable meeting will be synthesized into a working document to establish the route’s Outstanding Universal Value. A meeting between the Mexican and Filipino representatives is expected within a few months.[3]

Image Site Location Type (criteria) Description Ref
White represents the route of the Manila Galleons in the Pacific
The Historic Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route [[Mexico Philippines Mixed [3]