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A place in the world where nature has found a shelter for its threatened species.

In the northeast of the province of Santiago del Estero, in Argentina’s Northern region, Copo National Park is a natural reservation that protects 282,300 acres of the Dry Chaco Region. An endless green and ochre landscape that shelters flora and fauna species that are very difficult to find at any other place.

This National Park, accessible through Pampa de los Guanacos town, at about 187 miles from the provincial capital, protects various species in extinction danger, starting with the “Red Quebracho” (=Schinopsis balansae), a noble tree that due to its excellent wood suffered an indiscriminate deforestation.

Among large and dry grasslands (there are no water streams crossing the Copo), lives a varied and peculiar fauna. These species are absolutely rare at other sites, like the South American jaguar, the giant armadillo (locally known as “tatú carreta”) and the skunk pig, a kind of peccary that feeds from the quimil fruits (the “quimil” is a typical cactus of the region). There are other threatened species of the native fauna like the giant anteater, the crowned eagle and the boa constrictor occidentalis (or “ampalagua”).

 

Copo National Park is an actual challenge for all nature lovers. Located at an area known as “The Impenetrable”, it is one of the territories less explored by men. To visit it, it is recommended to contact specialized guides and inform the local park ranger.

IMPORTANT: The best time to visit Copo National Park is between the months of April and November; in summer, temperatures use to be very high and rains may hinder the access.

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