Mexico’s natural Pinacate desert wins World Heritage status

The extraordinary landscape of El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico with its sweeping dunes, huge volcanic craters and rich cultural heritage is the latest site to achieve World Heritage Status.

The decision was made Friday by the 37th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

“I would like to congratulate to Mexico on listing the property on the World Heritage List,” Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, chairman of the 37th WHC session, said during the plenary session.

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Driving to Cabo

Driving to Cabo San Lucas is recommended because of the amazing scenery along the way. Hertz and CABAJA are possibly the only car rental companies(in San Diego) that will rent into Mexico, get the extra insurance.

If you are flying into San Diego, you can also get transportation across the border to Tijuana and rent a car there. Be sure to purchase Mexican auto insurance, as you must have Mexican 3rd party liability insurance. If you get into an accident and don’t have this insurance, you will very likely be taken to jail until the Mexican authorities are satisfied you can pay for the damage to others’ vehicles or property. This liability insurance can be purchased from a variety of companies including AAA, Mexpro, the rental car company (if you’re renting the car in Mexico), and various stands on both sides of the border. Keep in mind that this liability insurance covers only damage you do to others’ property and if you’re driving your own car be sure to check with your insurance company as to whether they will cover damage to your vehicle in Mexico — some companies do not, and many have restrictions.

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Snorkeling in Los Cabos

Snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez is a magical experience. This is the place where the desert kisses the sea. On one side, you’ll see cactus, and on the other, a reef of beautiful fish.

While the snorkeling is fun and productive, the variety of fish is not the same as Hawaii or the Caribbean. Be prepared. Also, the water temperature starts to drop in January and continues to cool until June. Some people find it too cool for snorkeling and swimming.

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Annual Whale Migration in Baja

Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau called the sea of Cortes the “world’s aquarium” Truly it is one of the most unique marine ecosystems in the world. With more than 850 marine species it’s a scuba diver’s dream come true.

This pristine environment attracts scuba divers, eco-tourists, nature lovers and whale watchers who are delighted to find giant rays, large whale sharks, sea lion colonies, humpback, blue, and of course, gray whales.

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