– Ecotourism in the Argentine Chaco –
A contact with nature and wildlife
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Located in the northern and central part of the country bordered with Brazil on the north. Is a wet plain with several lakes and swamps with a subtropical dry climate throughout most of the year. The region’s main economic activity is the cotton production, although there are to a lesser extent some lubricants industries, mines and alcohol distilleries.
This region is formed by the provinces of Formosa, Chaco, the east of Salta, a large part of Santiago del Estero, a part of Santa Fe, a zone of Tucumán and a portion of Córdoba. Eco-tourism in the Argentine Chaco range from the contact with aborigines to the contact with nature and the wildlife observation.
These options include:
- Rio Pilcomayo National Park: With an area of almost 52,000 hectares is located in the province of Formosa in what is considered the humid Chaco. Its climate has temperatures up to 40 ° C in summer and a few degrees below zero in winter. It has numerous lows which forms streams and lagoons, as well as large pastures which constituting the ecosystem of an extensive fauna of yacare alligators, monkeys, pumas, ocelots among others species.
For eco-tourism this park offers 2 hiking trails, a bird observatory, biking tours, boat rides in the Laguna Blanca, etc.
- Termas de Río Hondo: This city located in the province of Santiago del Estero on the edge of the Rio Dulce, is located above of an extensive layer of underground hot springs rich in medicinal properties.
Considered as the principal place for healthy tourism in Argentina, these hot springs are the main tourist attraction of this region. The therapeutic benefits along with an excellent hotel service, make of this an attractive alternative for relaxing.
- Municipal Ecological Complex Roque Sáenz Peña: It consists of a zoo and a botanical reserve where visitors can have contact with local flora and fauna.
- El Impenetrable: Located on the western plains of the Chaco, this virgin forest is named after its dense vegetation and difficult access, which offers a variety of ecological tourism opportunities for the lovers of adventure and nature such as expeditions trough the forest, the navigation through the rivers of Bermejo, Bermejito and Teuco, hiking and camping.