eading towards Patagonia, in the middle of dry and semi-arid plains, an invitation to enjoy the quiet nature, open your lungs and oxygenate your soul.
At the southern center of the province of La Pampa –the entrance door to Patagonia- on National Route 152, at 136 miles from Santa Rosa, Lihué Calel National Park (in Mapuche language “Life Hills”) preserves native flora and fauna species and shelters a remarkable archaeological site.
Lihué Calel hills, originated 240 million years ago from lava eruptions, outstand with their mild slopes, in the immensity of the Pampas. Land of native hunting populations –Tehuelches and Ranqueles- it preserves interesting cave paintings and fossil remains. With its curious nature and rich culture, this place invites to enjoy photographic safaris of its typical flora and fauna while wandering about its many and easy paths.
While exploring Lihué Calel, among larrea bushes and isolated little forests of chañar (=Chilean green wood), mata chilladora and Peruvian peppertrees, the visitor shall be able to watch grey little eagles, burrowing parrots, elegant crested tinamous, vizcachas, tucu-tucus, green lizards and also ñandues, colocolos, guanacos and grey foxes. The daisy of the Pampas, the brilliant yellow provincial flower, gives a special shade to the road. The path known as “Paintings Valley” –with almost 2,000 feet, permits knowing the use that the original inhabitants gave to this area, with its walls full of cave paintings: representations with red and black geometric motifs, corresponding to 2,000 years before Christ.
IMPORTANT: Lihué Calel National Park do not have infrastructure for visitors. The closest town with services is Puelches, 19 miles to the west.
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