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Cacti-Rich Valley of Tehuacan-Cuicatlan is Mexico’s Newest UNESCO Heritage Site

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Mexico is home to many natural wonders and also to locales that have been deemed culturally, historically and physically significant to the “collective interests of humanity.” Just added to this lofty list created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), that includes Macchu Pichu, is the nearly 360,000 cactus-filled bio-reserve known as the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Valley.

The Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Valley is unique in that it offers the world natural beauty but also cultural significance, hosting the oldest water management system in North America created in the Neolithic period.

Here in the Valley located between the state of Puebla and Oaxaca you will find over 130 species of birds, 30 different amphibian species and nearly 20 different fish species. The diverse ecosystem also contains valleys of thousands of columnar cati – the densest concentration in the world. All this natural beauty is a quick day trip from Puebla or an easy stop from Oaxaca enroute to Mexico City.

The true star of the valley is the remains of a pre-Hispanic salt production site where graves and rock paintings remain intact. The Tehucacan-Cuicatlan is protected by the different indigenous groups that call the biosphere reserve and valley home.

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