Baritu National Park

Onza or ocelote at Baritú National Park

Location: Northeast of Salta Province.

Surface: 178,997 acres or 72,439 hectares.

Created: 1974.

Plants: helecho arborescente, maroma, cedros salteños, mirtáceas con horco molle, mato, güili, tipas, pacaráes, cebiles, tarcos, cochuchos, tusca, trementina.

Animals: lobito de río, mayuato or osito lavador, yaguareté, onza u ocelote, tapir, pecarí de collar, zorro de monte, coatí, agutí, el mono caí, mirlo de agua, yapú, pescador grande, loros; tucanes, urracas, halcones tijereta, patos, garzas. In Baritu National Park lives the biggest eagle in the world, known by the name of "águila arpía".

Characteristics: A lot of rivers cross the PN Baritú (Baritú National Park). The most important of them is the Lipeo river. The Park is the most northern of the argentinian protected areas. This Park protects the Montana jungle.

Forms part of the Yungas (mountain forests and jungles) that penetrate from Bolivia, going through Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán to Catamarca, covering the eastern sides of the Eastern Andes Range and the sub-Andes Sierras. The jungle developed because of the humidity of the winds coming from the anticyclone of the South Atlantic, which later cross through the chaqueña region, and come to rest on the eastern slopes.

This site conserves a sector of the subtropical mountain jungle almost intact and surprisingly natural. Some tree species, which further south don't grow beyond small trees here, reach full development because of the favorable combination of a hot and humid climate. It also shelters threatened wildlife like the jaguar, the ocelot (leopardus pardalis) and the otter (lontra longicaudis).

Argentina National Parks

Salta Province