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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Seabirds at Boca Paila, Sian Ka'an, Mexico
Seabirds at Boca Paila, Sian Ka'an, Mexico
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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Sian Ka'an, which means 'Origin of the Sky' in the ancient Mayan language, is a biosphere reserve on the east coast of the Yucatán peninsula, in Mexico. It was originally established by conservationists and made a Mexican national park in 1986. It is recognised as a World Heritage Site since 1987.

Sian Ka'an is recognised for its outstanding biodiversity and wealth of flora and fauna. The site is home to some 300 species of birds along with numerous species of mammals and reptiles.


Platform at the marshland of Sian Ka'an
Platform at the marshland of Sian Ka'an
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Sian Ka'an is in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It covers an area of 528,000 hectares bounded by the Caribbean Sea, which is laced with coral reefs. Within the site are marshland and semi-evergreen forest land. To the north and northeast of the park are borders to farming cooperatives. Within the reserve itself are some 23 known archaeological sites.

Sian Ka'an was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 11th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, 7 - 11 December, 1987.


Mangrove trees at Sian Ka'an nature reserve
Mangrove trees at Sian Ka'an nature reserve
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N19 22 59.988 W87 47 30.012 in Quintana Roo, Cozumel and Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Inscription Year: 1987
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, X
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