Las Yungas

In complete contrast to the
puna
and the Quebradas, the Yungas (pronounced shungas) are areas of cloudforest jungle lying along the eastern edges of the Salta and Jujuy
provinces. Receiving heavy rainfall, these forests support an incredible wealth of wildlife and vegetation,
together with fragile indigenous communities. Hence three national parks were created to protect them: Baritú and El Rey in Salta, and Calilegua in Jujuy. All three are very much worth visiting, but you'll need to be determined. Access is limited, and planning is required as infrastructure is still limited. If you don't have a 4WD vehicle, contact one of the few adventure tourism agencies who are allowed to operate in the parks. For more information, see www.redyaguarete.org.ar/yungas, and www.welcome argentina.com/parques.

Best time to visit

All three parks are difficult to access during the rainy season, January to March, when the roads are mostly impassable. There are lots of mosquitoes all year round so take plenty of repellent. The prevalence of malaria varies from year to year so check with your doctor about medication, especially in mid-summer.

Accommodation

There is no accommodation inside the parks themselves, except for very basic campsites with few facilities. However, there are places to stay nearby that can also arrange trips into the parks.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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