Near Monclava , in the midst of the Chihuahua desert, is Cuatro Cienegas

This protected area of crystalline pools and rivers form by network of undergound springs, comprises over 843 squere miles and around 200 pozas and ponds. The activities that can be made here are, swimming and snorkeling in the pristine pools that revel a multitude of fasinating fish.

Towering limestone sierras are capped by conifer forests which overlook the Cuatro Cienegas basin. The valley is home to numerous species of fish, turtles, snails and cacti found nowhere else in the world.

“Cuatro Cienegas is one of the most important areas in North America because of its endemic species,” said Julio Carrera, director of the Saltillo, Coahuila based environmental organization Profauna.