Camino Real de Tierra Adentro



CountryMexico
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
CoordinatesN22 36 29 W102 22 45
Inscription Date2010
Property (ha)3,102
Buffer Zone (ha)268,057
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsLegal framework
Unesco Reference Number1351
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1351
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=1351
DescriptionCamino Real de Tierra Adentro was the Royal Inland Road, also known as the Silver Route. The inscribed property consists of 55 sites and five existing World Heritage sites lying along a 1400 km section of this 2600 km route, that extends north from Mexico City to Texas and New Mexico, United States of America. The route was actively used as a trade route for 300 years, from the mid-16th to the 19th centuries, mainly for transporting silver extracted from the mines of Zacatecas, Guanajuato and San Luis Potosí, and mercury imported from Europe. Although it is a route that was motivated and consolidated by the mining industry, it also fostered the creation of social, cultural and religious links in particular between Spanish and Amerindian cultures.
StatusWorld Heritage Site