Panda Reserves, Tequila Among New World Heritage Sites

Photo of a recently named UN World Heritage site
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Within the Jalisco region of western Mexico lies an expanse of land known for blue agave, the cactuslike plant famous for producing tequila. UNESCO this year designated an 85,650-acre (34,658-hectare) region of this land between the Tequila volcano and the Rio Grande River Valley as a World Heritage site.

In addition to the town of Tequila and fields of agave plants (pictured), the property includes distilleries, factories, and homes related to historic tequila production. The protected lands also cover archaeological sites of the Teuchitlan civilization dating between A.D. 200 and 900.

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