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Quebrada de Humahuaca follows the line of a major cultural route, the Camino Inca, along the spectacular valley of the Rio Grande, from its source in the cold high desert plateau of the High Andean lands to its confluence with the Rio Leone some 150 km to the south. The valley shows substantial evidence of its use as a major trade route over the past 10,000 years. It features visible traces of prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities, of the Inca Empire (15th to 16th centuries) and of the fight for independence in the 19th and 20th centuries.


The semi-circular waterfall at the heart of this site is some 80 m high and 2,7 km in diameter and is considered to be one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. It spans the international border with neighbouring Brazil. Here, the Iguaçu River drops vertically in a series of cataracts producing vast sprays of water. The river, aptly named after the indigenous term for “great water” forms a large bend in the shape of a horseshoe in the heart of the jointly Argentinian and Brazil Iguaçu National Park. Both constitute the most significant remnants of the so-called Interior Atlantic Rainforest which is home to over 2,000 species of plants and typical wildlife such as tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and Caymans.


This National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty, with rugged, towering mountains and numerous glacial lakes, including Lake Argentino (160 km long). Los Glaciares owes its name to the numerous glaciers covering roughly half of the World Heritage property with a total surface of 600,000 hectares. Many of these glaciers are fed by the massive South Patagonian Ice Field. At its farthest end, three glaciers meet to dump their effluvia into the milky grey glacial water, launching massive igloo icebergs into the lake with thunderous splashes. The property therefore constitutes a massive freshwater reservoir.

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