– Eco-tourism in the Argentine Pampean Plains –
The heart of the nation
Located in the south of the Pampas Mountains toward the country’s center and extended to the Atlantic Ocean. Are characterized for being flat lands with rich soil and mild climates suitable for agriculture and livestock. Also has as a wide coastal area with a high fishing potential. In the Argentine Pampean Plains are located the main cities of the nation.
Among ist national parks we can find:
- Lihue Calel National Park: Located in the center of the Pampa province with a surface of 32,000 hectares, takes its name from the mountain ranges of 590 meters that cross it from north to south on its western side. These chains allow the accumulation of water within a predominantly dry environment, which caused the development of a large and varied biodiversity.
The park has several hiking trails, on which the scenery can be appreciated, as well as photographic safaris and the contemplation of much of its fauna. You may also climb the mountains. The hill of the Argentine Scientific Society with a height of over 500 meters offers a panoramic view of the area in which you can see the Urre-Lauquen Lagoon.
- Reserva Provincial Parque Luro: A protected zone of 7,600 hectares located 35 km south of the Santa Rosa city, created to preserve the biodiversity of the Caldén forest, include dunes and two saline ponds inhabited by a large number of waterfowl.
It has great historical value for have been in the early twentieth century the first hunting ground of Argentina. In this park, along with the ecosystem preservation are conducted different researches on wildlife habitat, as well as the education of the population in the understanding and care of the species. Eco-tourism options include hiking, camping and the observation of deer in rut.
- Sierra de la Ventana: is a set of hills located 557 kms from the nation’s capital in the southwest of the Buenos Aires province, whose name comes from the hole at the summit of the Ventana hill. Due to its age and its geological formation is possible to find a wide variety of streams, waterfalls, lagoons and caves along with a breathtaking scenery.
The eco-tourism options range from hiking trough the different trails and forests, to exploring caves decorated with rock paintings of over 1500 years as well as horseback riding or biking in order to lose a few pounds or even appreciate the different landscapes. By climbing the hills can be seen streams and waterfalls such as La Garganta Olvidada (the forgotten throat) and there is the traditional climb to the top of the Ventana hill.