The striking landscape of northern Argentina: Las Yungas
- Published: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 15:43
If there is a landscape that looks like it has nothing to do with the Northern region of Argentina it is the landscape of Las Yungas. Some say they are "the other side of Jujuy" for its sharp contrast to the Quebrada and Puna.
This striking region is in the east of the province of Jujuy in the departments of San Pedro, Ledesma, Santa Barbara and Valle Grande.
The yungas are characterized by the variety of vegetation developed on different floors, may be more than 200 species of trees, more than 80 varieties of ferns, over 100 species of mammals, over 30 amphibians and 500 species of birds, making a paradise for lovers of bird watching.
This natural paradise is combined with modern sugar mills and also with areas of fruit.
One of the main attractions of this region is the Calilegua National Park, one of the province of Jujuy and the protected area of the country's largest with an area of over 70 hectares. An important point to note is that access is free.
When driving the Provincial Route 83, three distinct environments can be identified: the foothill jungle, mountain and jungle montane forest. Each has distinct and characteristic vegetation.
For those who want to enjoy more of this stunning landscape is an interesting option to camp at a campground near the park entrance access. The campground has restrooms, but the lack of hot water installations, it is recommended to be provided with water. Another option is to stay in the town of Libertador General San Martin, located 10 kilometers away from the Park.
There are several trails that offer alternatives to see the beauty of the landscape of Yungas and provide the ability to penetrate deep into the impressive jungle and can spot birds and with some luck of the mammals that inhabit this region as monkeys, otters River and peccaries.
The park has a very good signal, as in all protected areas is advisable to walk the trails that were authorized by the National Parks Administration, as deviating from the frequent fogs usually not a good choice because it can hinder orientation. There is a bike path able to traverse it.
Worth encouraged to discover this region as a haven of high purity which can be enjoyed low-impact activities in stunning natural settings.