Protected Natural Area Campo de Piedra Pómez, an unknown natural corner in Argentina

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Today we want to talk to you about one of the most amazing natural corners of Argentina. We refer to Pumice Stone Field Protected Natural Area, which is located in the Antofagasta de la Sierra department, in the province of Catamarca. As you may have imagined by the name, this landscape is characterized by the large accumulation of pumice, which has acquired its peculiar morphology after millennia of erosion processes. Do you want to discover more details about this corner? Well, we recommend that you do not miss anything that we tell you below! We assure you that you will love it!

At 3,000 meters high

The Campo de Piedra Pómez is located more than 3,000 meters above sea level, in a place with rigorous, cold and very dry climate. In fact, the area is framed by huge salt flats, such as the Salar del Hombre Muerto or the Salar de Antofalla. The place we are talking about today, where you can find strange geological formations, ancient sculptures, large lagoons with flamingos and volcanoes, has been formed precisely due to the activity volcanic of the area and, of course, to erosion. However, it is striking that each of the rock formations seems to have been conscientiously placed to create a balanced landscape.


More than 5,000 rock formations

As you can see for yourself by taking a look at the images that we show you in our gallery, this surprising field of rocks is located between volcanoes and a sea of drive us White. It is made up of more than 5,000 rock formations, which are concentrated in an area 35 kilometers long. It is worth knowing this place at any time of the year and at any time of the day, although you should know that depending on the time, the landscape will look different, as the sunlight and the color of the sky play a very important role.

Circuits to visit the area

This Argentine region is not among the most tourist spots in the country, among other things because it is a relatively isolated and distant area. However, for years, some non-professional guides devised a scheme of circuits, routes that today have been integrated into official planning. The circuits “Gigantes de Piedra Pómez”, the “Balconies of Laguna Purulla” and “La Lagunita Escondida” stand out.


Protected area

It is important to keep in mind that this area has been declared a protected zone by the administration to guarantee the use of its own natural resources and promote the effective control of unregulated tourism. In addition, this statement also regulates the development of studies scientists and academic research. The best way to get to this wonderful and surprising place is to start from the small town of El Peñón with destination to the Catamarca Puna. Of course, we recommend you hire some of the excursions that leave the place, whether it be half a day, a whole day or several days. The excursions usually include stops for picnics.

Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you will find more images of the Campo de Piedra Pómez Natural Protected Area. Do not miss it!

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