– Ecotourism in the Argentine Pampean Mountains –
Landscapes and summits to conquer
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This region has extensive elevated areas and plains, its name comes from the mountains that have rounded summits called pampas grouped into a mountain range. They are the mountain range second in size in Argentina after the Andean. Their highest peak is the Champaqui with 2,900 meters. On the other hand, some of the plains are partly covered by sodium with magnesium sulfate and lime known as salt flats.
The climate varies with height, being mild and humid in higher altitudes and dry and arid in the lower parts. It is mainly an agriculture zone with some industries and mining activities.
The main eco-tourism opportunities in the Pampean Mountains include:
- Quebrada del Condorito National Park: With more than 37,000 hectares, located west of Córdoba city, were declared a protected zone in the year 1996 with the purpose of preserving the local biodiversity and native cultures.
La Quebrada del Condorito that gives the park its name is a deep water course with a “V” form, of about 500 meters high from whose upper balconies can be appreciated the flight of the Andean Condors, a south american endangered specie. In this park, visitors can find several alternatives for eco-tourism such as camping, walking tours, cycling, bird watching and fishing.
- The Champaquí: Is the highest peak of the Pampas with a height of 2790 m is located in the west of the Córdoba province. This mountain with its stunning scenery is ideal for walking through its different routes with views that invites to admire the valleys of Calamuchita and Traslasierra. With the help of a guide it is possible to reach its summit through an eight hour hike. The road to the top is full of streams and springs, rocks of various shapes and steep walls.
- Sierra de las Quijadas National Park: Formed by the western mountains of the San Luis province, has an area of 76,000 hectares of warm climate and arid zones. It was declared a national park due to its rich archaeological and paleontological sites. At this park tourists can find campsites and unique landscapes different from others mountains in this region due to its climate, soil and topography.