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Cabo gains world heritage site

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Yesterday Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, received UNESCO’s official declaration granting World Heritage status to the Revillagigedo Archipelago. The initial announcement was made back in June.


Located just 390 km southwest of Cabo, the Revillagigedo Archipelago are a group of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, known for their unique ecosystems. And it is due to this  ecological richness and extraordinary biodiversity that the Archipalego was selected as  a World Heritage Site.


The islands cover a total of 161.81 square kilometers. And from east to west they are San Benedict, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarion.

The incredible variety of fauna, terrestrial and marine life attracts nature tourists from all over the world. The islands are especially popular with divers and San Benedicto is home to one of the most important colonies of giant mantas on the planet.


As a protected area with many endangered species the islands are not inhabited. Tourists tend to head to Cabo and make organized trips from there.


Being granted World Heritage Status places the Archipelago, and Mexico,  more firmly on the world’s ecological map. Mexico now tops the list in Latin America with the highest number of officially protected sites, and is sixth in the world.


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