Area Silvestre: Laguna Blanca to Nevados de Cachi

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Wildland Roadless Area (fill)
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We have mapped a wildland area extending between Nevados de Cachi in the north and Laguna Blanca Natural Reserve in the south. This area is bounded by San Antonio de los Cobres in the Salta Province and Hualfin in the Catamarca Province

The mapping of roads and developed areas was done using Google Earth. The wildland delineation was accomplished with an ESRI Model Builder model implemented in ArcGIS.

The following describes some of the features of this wildland area:

This large wildland area is located in northwestern Argentina. The total size of this roadless area is over 2,675,000 hectares. It’s big! It does contain some dirt tracks, trails and other routes that are periodically traversed by 4WD or other all-terrain vehicles. But even these are minimal.


This wildland is bounded by the north-flowing Rio Santa Maria and the south-flowing Rio Calchaquí along the southeastern and northeastern boundaries, respectively. Across the mountain ranges that feed these rivers, the western part of this area is a region of large salt flats and scattered volcanoes, bounded by a north-south trending road that passes through Sierra de Antofagasta and Salar del Hombre Muerte, the latter of which is another roadless area dominated by a very large salt lake.

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