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JUJUY

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The climate and ecological conditions prevalent in the Province of Jujuy has divided up the area in four main different zones, each with its own characteristic fauna and flora.

THE TEMPERATE VALLEY AREA
It includes the Departments of Dr. Manuel Belgrano, Palpalá, El Carmen and San Antonio, and most of the population of the Province lives in this area. The total area is about 3986 square kilometres. It has a temperate climate, subtropical mountainous, with monsoon type rains of between 500 y 1,000 mm per year.

The main crop in the area is the light Virginia type tobacco, one of the most important socio economical crops in the Province.

In the area you will also find different crops and complementary activities such as the production of vegetables, winter grains and fruit.

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Forestry activities are represented by stands of eucalyptus, which are used for charcoal production; and conifers, especially pine trees, which are used for producing paper.

Foxes, hares, rabbits, boars, deer, pumas and different minor cat species represent wildlife. Birds like partridges, doves, hawks, guans, eaglets, ducks, herons, parrots and the South American Ostrich also called Ñandu or Suri.

THE SUBTROPICAL OR THE WARM VALLEYS AREA
Between the Departments of San Pedro, Ledesma, Valle Grande and Santa Bárbara there is a total area of 10809 square kilometres with a subtropical climate with a pronounced dry season.

Sugarcane is the principal agricultural produce of the area. There are big agro industrial complexes in the area. Technology is very advanced in the factories and many products such as refined sugar; syrups, alcohol and paper from the sugarcane pulp are made here. The growing of citrus trees and the production of vegetables are the second most important crops in the area.

Big cats such as the jaguarundi, pumas, wild cats and numerous reptiles such as boas, caiman and iguanas represent wildlife: also other mammals such as anteaters, peccaries, capybaras and tapirs. You will also find toucans, parrots, guans and many other species of birds.

THE GORGE OF HUMAHUACA AREA
It encompasses the Departments of Tilcara, Tumbaya and Humahuaca and part of the Province Capital. The climate is semi arid, with rains only during the months of January through March with an average rainfall of 250 mm.

Agriculture is represented by the production of garlic, onion, broad beans, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, chard, vegetables, grains, sweet corn, quinua and criollo potatoes. You will also find pears, apples, peaches and plums.

The local flora is abundant and more exuberant in the valleys. Cacti are the predominant species amongst which we may especially mention the Giant Cactus (Cactus cereus), which grows very tall in the area and which wood is used as well as its edible fruits.

Livestock production includes llamas, beef, horses, sheep and criollo goats. The local wildlife includes llamas, vicuñas, guanacos, guemuls (Hippocamelus antisensis), pumas, condors, tayras, armadillos, chinchillas and vizcachas. The bird life includes toucans, parrots, guans, eagles, duck, humming birds, Calanders larks and flamingos.

THE PUNA HIGH PLATEU AREA
This area includes the Departments of Yavi, Santa Catalina, Cochinoca, Rinconada and Susques, with a total area of 20146 square kilometres and a population density of 1.62 people per square kilometre.

It is a high plateau area located above 3000 metres, interrupted by mountain ranges aligned from north to south, which intermediate depressions give rise to lakes and salt flats. The climate is very dry, with only 250 to 400 mm per year of rain.

In the small valleys the microclimate is more benign and here you will find interesting indigenous variations of grains and tubers such as quinua, potatoes, Oca, green potatoes, barley, broad beans, carrots, summer wheat and alfalfa. The local flora, although very varied, can be resumed in a bushy very eroded steppe with few trees and in the most inhospitable places it is restricted to herbaceous species resistant to acid soils, spiny plants, mosses and lichens, hackberry trees (Celtis spinosa) and different species of straw.

The fauna is represented by wild camel species such as the vicuñas and the guanacos, but there are also chinchillas, mountain vizcachas or so-called chinchillones, and numerous burrowing animal species with local names such as the toja toja and also guinea pigs, etc. The lake birds are many in the Puna area, i.e. flamingos, great bustards and others with local names as gayeties. You will also find coots and herons. On the high peaks predominate the birds of prey such as eagles but you will also find condors and flocks of Andean ostriches or suris around the lakes.

 


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