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Parque Nacional Calilegua
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This located the east of the province of Jujuy in the department Ledesma.
The distance from San Salvador of Jujuy is of 100 Km and from Orán (Salta) it is of 150 Km .


History and antecedents of their creation

This park was created in 1980, for the National Ordinance No. 1733, and it possesses a surface of 76.320 there is., this located the this of the province of Jujuy , Dpto. Ledesma


This National Park was created by initiative of Mr. Ledesma previous proprietor of that territory.


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Foundations of their creation


To protect a representative sector of the Yungas or Forest Tucumano-oranense, subtropical wild wedge of mountain that is introduced in the Argentina from Bolivia . Also, the same as the rest of the wild Parks of the Argentinean northwest, completes the important function of protecting the nascent of the rivers, assuring this way the quality and the flow of the waters that frequently supply cultivations and cities I laugh below.




  • From San Salvador of Jujuy : 100 km .
  • From Orán (Salta): 150 Km .




Yunga or Forest Tucumano-Oranense


General description


Of the Parks of the Argentinean Northwest that the Yungas protects, it is the most visited one and known by their easy access.

Their rough relief understands a series of pleats, flaws, cañadones, very abrupt mountainous cords that descend mainly of the serranía of Calilegua. The summits of about 3.000 mts. of height they offer vertical cliffs hundreds meters that which transform to the area into one of the most attractive of the region together to a dense wild vegetation that covers valleys and faldeos. The Beautiful, Yellow hills, High Muzzle, etc. stand out for their beauty

From there numerous streams and rivers descend, as the Big Valley and the Torture that end in the imposing river San Lorenzo . All they drain in the river San Francisco that, flowing toward the east will unite then with the Red one. These alone rivers sometimes possess a small thread of water being dry most of their valley. In rainy seasons they become big rivers torrentosos that drag trunks, disrupted trees and big stones.

The abundant rains of the region (near 2000 mm . per year) they allow the development of a dense vegetation that covers the whole landscape: the mountain forest or yunga.

This formation, one of the richest in species of the Argentina , is characterized to possess in their hillsides different types in agreement vegetation to the different altitudes or heights. This way we will find until the 500 mts. of height the Basal Forest or Forest of Transition . Between the 500 and the 1600 is the Forest Montana and above her, the Forest Montano that arrives to the 2500 mts. of altitude.

Above they settle the alpine grasslands that reach the summits of the serranías. Favored by their inaccessibility, the wild fauna of the Park still maintains its original wealth.

They subsist Yaguaretés, Tapires, Pecaríes, wild big predators and an enormous variety of exclusive birds of these atmospheres there. In the neighboring pastizales to the summits find the Taruca or Huemul of the North, species in extinction danger.

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