San Antonio de los Cobres

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San Antonio de los Cobres
A panoramic view of the town, as seen from the Tren de las Nubes train station
A panoramic view of the town, as seen from
the Tren de las Nubes train station
San Antonio (yellow dot) within Los Andes Department (red) and Salta Province
San Antonio (yellow dot) within Los Andes Department (red) and Salta Province
San Antonio de los Cobres is located in Argentina
San Antonio de los Cobres
San Antonio de los Cobres
San Antonio (yellow dot) within Los Andes Department (red) and Salta Province
Coordinates: 24°13′32″S 66°19′9″W / 24.22556°S 66.31917°W / -24.22556; -66.31917Coordinates: 24°13′32″S 66°19′9″W / 24.22556°S 66.31917°W / -24.22556; -66.31917
Country  Argentina
Province  Salta
Department Flag of None.svg Los Andes
Established ?
Government
 • Mayor Guzmán Viveros
Elevation 3,775 m (12,385 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 5,482
Time zone ART (UTC−3)
Postal code A4411
Website Official website

San Antonio de los Cobres is a small town of population 5,482 (per the 2001 INDEC census) [1] in northwestern Argentina. It is the capital of the Los Andes Department of the Salta Province.[2]

Geography[edit]

The town is known for its high elevation of approximately 3,775 meters (12,385 feet) above sea level, being one of the highest elevations of any city or town in Argentina.[2] It is located approximately 160 kilometers (99 mi) from the city of Salta and 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) from the capital, Buenos Aires.[2]

History[edit]

Economy[edit]

San Antonio de las Cobres takes its name from the nearby Sierra de Cobre, or Copper Mountain, which is rich in that mineral. Economic activity in the town is based on mining of the mineral-rich surrounding mountains, and weaving using local llama fibers.[3] The town is also a stop along the Tren a las Nubes (Train of the Clouds),[3] on the Salta-Antofagasta rail line.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cuadro 12.4 Provincia de Salta según localidad. Población por grupos de edad. Año 2001 (Spanish language)". Censo 2001. INDEC. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "San Antonio de los Cobres". (Spanish language). Powersite. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Salta: San Antonio de los Cobres". Enjoy Travel Argentina. Enjoy Corporation SA. 2009. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 

External links[edit]

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