Trip @ Jujuy
With Rumiyoc Lodge in Volcán and Ecoportal de Piedra in Villa Monte, guided by Carlos Cuñado Strelkov expert and his family , local and excellent photographer with his family offers all his knowledge to the visitor.
This entire region presents an exceptional natural beauty, with gigantic trees were also you can see different wild animals such as “corzuelas, tapir Americano, peccaries, monkeys, alligators, and others.
The great altitudinal differences of this environment of subtropical mountain jungle are divided in three zones that give us a vast biodiversity.
The transition forest or Piedmont jungle: (350 to 900mosl) rain fall is between 600 to a 1000mm. It`s monzonic, the main species of trees are Palo blanco, Lapachos,Tipa, Pacarà etc.
Mountain jungle or rain forest: (800 to 1500mosl) this is the region with the maximum rain fall and biodiversity of the Yungas, the predominant trees are always green with coreaceas leaves.
Mountain forest: (1800 to 2200mosl) here the species are caducifolias. There are aliso forest, podocarpus (mountain pine) and small clamps of queñoas (polilepis).
The highest zone is occupied by the grass land known as the fog grass land that starts at 2200 upwards.
Some species of salta:
Black-and-chestnut Eagle Oroaetus isidori
Collared Forest-Falcon Micrastur semitorquatus
Fasciated Tiger-Heron Tigrisoma fasciatum
Montane Forest Screech-Owl Megascops Hoyi
Blue-capped Puffleg Eriocnemis glaucopoides
Yellow-striped Brushfinch Atlapetes citrinellus
Buff-banded Tyrannulet Mecocerculus hellmayri
Carlos Cuñado Strelkov
Field guide of Salta
We are in the Santa Bàrbara district, on the oriental side of the Andes, it`s a sub Andean, small locality called Villa Monte, also known as San Rafael, (this name is from one of the first farms here) The nearest town Palma Sola is 17km. from us, (here you can get all the essentials, included a Hospital, Police, Schools etc). and 140km. from the main city, San Salvador of Jujuy.
Our place is a natural area of about 800 Ha. Where the “Yungas” (mountain jungle) is protected with all its exuberant beauty together with a small portion of the Chaco Serrano, the climate is subtropical having a short dry season.
We are surrounded by the Natural Provincial Reserve Las Lancitas that has more chaco serrano than yungas, and together we are protecting a portion of our nature of about 11000 Ha. Here you can really enjoy pure nature, and still find people that live as did their ancestors.
Carlos Cuñado & Silvia Strelkov
Field guides of Salta