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Last spring Puerto Rico bucked a decades-long trend by protecting 3,000 acres of pristine beaches and mangroves along the Northeast Ecological Corridor. A new law marks an unexpectedly happy ending to a 15-year battle fought by environmental activists to wrest this portion of the Caribbean island’s coast–which includes a vital nesting area for the endangered leatherback turtle–from the construction cranes of developers.

Built on rugged ripples of valley surrounded by mountains in the central highlands, about a hundred miles southwest of Mexico City, Taxco naturally folds in on itself. That creates shadows that obscure many of its loveliest features. But nearly 500 years into its history, the colonial town has never looked more radiant–thanks to an ingenious new lightscape plan.