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Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila
Valles Region, Jalisco State

Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila

A 34,658 ha site, between the foothills of the Tequila Volcano and the deep valley of the Rio Grande River, is part of an expansive landscape of blue agave, shaped by the culture of the plant which has been used since the 16th century to produce tequila spirit and over at least 2,000 years to make fermented drinks and cloth. Within the landscape are working distilleries reflecting the growth in the international consumption of tequila in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the agave culture is seen as part of national identity. The area encloses a living, working landscape of blue agave fields and the urban settlements of Tequila, Arenal, and Amatitan with large distilleries where the agave ‘pineapple' is fermented and distilled. The listed property includes fields, distilleries and factories (both active and not), tabernas (distilleries that were illegal under Spanish rule), towns and Teuchitlan archaeological sites. The property numbers numerous haciendas, or estates, some of which date back to the 18th century. The architecture of both factories and haciendas is characterized by brick and adobe construction, plastered walls with ochre lime-wash, stone arches, quoins and window dressings, and formal, neo-classical or baroque ornamentation. It reflects both the fusion of pre-Hispanic traditions of fermenting mescal juice with the European distillation processes and of local technologies and those imported from Europe and the U.S.A. The property also covers archaeological sites which bear testimony to the Teuchitlan culture which shaped the Tequila area from 200 to 900 A.D., notably through the creation of terraces for agriculture, housing, temples, ceremonial mounds and ball courts.

Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche
Calakmul Municipality, Campeche Province

Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche

Calakmul, an important Maya site set deep in the tropical forest of the Tierras Bajas of southern Mexico, played a key role in the history of this region for more than twelve centuries. Its imposing structures and its characteristic overall layout are remarkably well preserved and give a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital.

Archeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes
Municipality of Casas Grandes, State of Chihuahua

Archeological Zone of Paquimé

Paquimé, Casas Grandes, which reached its apogee in the 14th and 15th centuries, played a key role in trade and cultural contacts between the Pueblo culture of the south-western United States and northern Mexico and the more advanced civilizations of Mesoamerica. The extensive remains, only part of which have been excavated, are clear evidence of the vitality of a culture which was perfectly adapted to its physical and economic environment, but which suddenly vanished at the time of the Spanish Conquest.

El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City
Etat de Veracruz, municipalité de Papantla

El Tajin, Pre-Hispanic City

Located in the state of Veracruz, El Tajin was at its height from the early 9th to the early 13th century. It became the most important centre in north-east Mesoamerica after the fall of the Teotihuacan Empire. Its cultural influence extended all along the Gulf and penetrated into the Maya region and the high plateaux of central Mexico. Its architecture, which is unique in Mesoamerica, is characterized by elaborate carved reliefs on the columns and frieze. The 'Pyramid of the Niches', a masterpiece of ancient Mexican and American architecture, reveals the astronomical and symbolic significance of the buildings. El Tajin has survived as an outstanding example of the grandeur and importance of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico.

Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro
State of Querétaro de Arteaga (Sierra Gorda region)

Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro

The five Franciscan missions of Sierra Gorda were built during the last phase of the conversion to Christianity of the interior of Mexico in the mid-18th century and became an important reference for the continuation of the evangelization of California, Arizona and Texas. The richly decorated church façades are of special interest as they represent an example of the joint creative efforts of the missionaries and the Indios. The rural settlements that grew around the missions have retained their vernacular character

Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco
District Federal. Delegations: Cuauhtemoc, Venustiano Carranza et Xochimilco

Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco

Built in the 16th century by the Spanish on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the old Aztec capital, Mexico City is now one of the world's largest and most densely populated cities. It has five Aztec temples, the ruins of which have been identified, a cathedral (the largest on the continent) and some fine 19th- and 20th-century public buildings such as the Palacio de las Bellas Artes. Xochimilco lies 28 km south of Mexico City. With its network of canals and artificial islands, it testifies to the efforts of the Aztec people to build a habitat in the midst of an unfavourable environment. Its characteristic urban and rural structures, built since the 16th century and during the colonial period; have been preserved in an exceptional manner.

Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California
States of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinora, Sinaloa, and Nayarit

Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California

The site comprises 244 islands, islets and coastal areas that are located in the Gulf of California in northeastern Mexico. The Sea of Cortez and its islands have been called a natural laboratory for the investigation of speciation. Moreover, almost all major oceanographic processes occurring in the planet’s oceans are present in the property, giving it extraordinary importance for study. The site is one of striking natural beauty in a dramatic setting formed by rugged islands with high cliffs and sandy beaches, which contrast with the brilliant reflection from the desert and the surrounding turquoise waters. The site is home to 695 vascular plant species, more than in any marine and insular property on the World Heritage List. Equally exceptional is the number of fish species: 891, ninety of them endemic. The site, moreover, contains 39% of the world’s total number of species of marine mammals and a third of the world’s marine cetacean species.

Hotel Boca Chica Acapulco, K3 Acapulco Youth Hostel Acapulco, Kingdom Hostel Acapulco, Villas La Lupita Acapulco

Cabo Inn Cabo San Lucas, Hotel Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas, Norman Diego's The Mexican Inn Cabo San Lucas, Seven Crown Cabo Cabo San Lucas, Vistazul Suites & SPA Cabo San Lucas

Hostal La Parroquia Campeche, Monkey Hostel Campeche, Pirate Hostel Campeche

Casa del Mariachi Cancun, Casa Mexico Tipico Cancun, Chac Mool Hostel Cancun Cancun, Condo Hotel Cancun Plaza Cancun, Green 16 Hostel Cancun, Haina Hostal Cancun, Hostel Kankun Cancun, Hostel Meson de Tulum Cancun, Hotel Boutique Terracaribe Cancun, Hotel Dos Playas Cancun Cancun, Hotel Margaritas Cancun, Hotel Plaza Kokai Cancun, Hotel Sotavento Cancun, Imperial Laguna Cancun Cancun, Imperial Las Perlas Cancun, Laurel 41 Hostel Cancun, Maya Caribe Cancun, Mayan Hostel Cancun Cancun, Radisson Hacienda Cancun Cancun, Soberanis Cancun, Solymar Cancún Beach & Resort Cancun, The Cancun Nest Cancun, Weary Traveler Hostel Mexico Cancun, Hostel Ria Celestun Celestun

Casa Chihuahua Chihuahua

Days Inn Cozumel Cozumel, Hacienda San Miguel Suites Cozumel, Hostelito Cozumel, Hotel Palma Dorada Inn Cozumel, Hotel Villas Las Anclas Cozumel, Villa Anna Maria Cozumel, Vista Del Mar Boutique Hotel Cozumel

Casa del Angel Guesthouse and Spa Cuernavaca, Hostel Cuernavaca Cuernavaca, Mondala Hostel Cuernavaca, Villa Calmecac Cuernavaca

Villa Fontana Inn Ensenada

Casa Vilasanta Guadalajara, Hostal de Maria Guadalajara, Hostal la Tia Rocio Guadalajara, Hostal Libertad Guadalajara, Hostel Guadalajara Centro Guadalajara, Pousada Maura Guadalajara, El Hogar de Carmelita Guanajuato, Hostal del Campanero Guanajuato, Hostalito de Guanajuato Guanajuato, Hostel Refugio de Angeles Guanajuato, La Casa de Dante Guanajuato, La Casa del Tio Guanajuato

Poc na Hostel Isla Mujeres

Hotel Seven Crown La Paz

Balamku Inn on the Beach Mahahual

Faby Hostel Merida, Hostal del Peregrino Merida, Hostel Zocalo Merida, Nameless Place Merida, Nomadas Merida, Santa Lucia Hostal Merida

Bed & Breakfast Mexico Mexico City, Casa Estudiantil Mexico City, Coyote Flaco Backpackers Mexico City, El Cenote Azul Mexico City, Hostal Cactus Mexico City, Hostal Casa Vieja Mexico City, Hostal San Sebastian Mexico City, Hostel Amigo Mexico City, Hostel Cathedral Mexico City, Hostel Home Mexico City, Hostel Moneda Mexico City, Hostel Virreyes Mexico City, Las Dos Fridas Hostel Mexico City, Mansion Havre Mexico City, Mexico City Hostel Mexico City, Quinta Alma Sofia Mexico City, YWCA Centro Historico Mexico City

El Aguacate Hostel Monterrey, La Casa del Barrio Monterrey, Monterroco Hostel Monterrey, Portua Residencias Monterrey, Residencias Soyforaneo Monterrey

Hostel Allende Morelia

Hostal Pochon Oaxaca, La Casa de Don Pablo Oaxaca, La Casa Nostra Cafe-Hostel Oaxaca, La Mochila Azul Oaxaca, La Villada Inn Hostel Oaxaca, Mezkalito Hostel Oaxaca, Paulina Youth Hostel Oaxaca

Hostal del Moncayo Papantla

Hostel El Palomar Playa del Carmen, Hotel Las Golondrinas Playa del Carmen, Popol-Vuh Playa del Carmen

Hotel Embajadores Progreso, Hotel Yakunagh Progreso

Hostal Santo Domingo Puebla, Mesones Sacristia Puebla, Popocatepetl Hostel Puebla

Casa de Azul Puerto Escondido, Hotel and Youth Hostal Mayflower Puerto Escondido, Quinta Lili Puerto Escondido, Tower Bridge Backpackers Puerto Escondido

Embarcadero Pacifico Hotel Puerto Vallarta, Hotel Suites La Siesta Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Vacacional Puerto Vallarta, Oasis Hostel Puerto Vallarta, Vallartasol Puerto Vallarta

Hostel K'angi Queretaro

Backpackers Hostel San Cristobal de las Casas, Casa Babylon San Cristobal de las Casas, Casa Mayambe San Cristobal de las Casas, Hostal Plaza Central San Cristobal de las Casas, La Casa de Jose San Cristobal de las Casas, Posada Mexico San Cristobal de las Casas

Casa Hostel De Allende San Miguel de Allende, Hostal Alcatraz San Miguel de Allende, Hostel Inn San Miguel de Allende, Iron House Hostel San Miguel de Allende

Hotel Agua Escondida Taxco

Hostal Barnes Tijuana

Posada El Folklor Tlaquepaque

Lobo Inn Tulum

Albergue La Candelaria Valladolid

The Cicoria Villa Villa Victoria

Hostal de la Niebla Xalapa

Posada Margarita Xalapa

Casa Bella Donna Yelapa

Hostal Las 7 Cuevas Zacatecas, Hostal Villa Colonial Zacatecas, Las Margaritas Zacatecas

Angelas Hotel & Hostel Zihuatanejo


Where to stay in


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Isla Mujeres

La Paz



Mexico City





Playa del Carmen


Puebla Puerto Escondido

Puerto Vallarta


San Cristobal de las Casas

San Miguel de Allende






Villa Victoria





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