Baritú National Park

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Baritú National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Baritú National Park
Map showing the location of Baritú National Park
Location Salta Province, Argentina
Coordinates 22°34′S 64°48′W / 22.567°S 64.800°W / -22.567; -64.800Coordinates: 22°34′S 64°48′W / 22.567°S 64.800°W / -22.567; -64.800
Area 720 km2 (280 sq mi)
Established 1974
Governing body Administración de Parques Nacionales

The Baritú National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Baritú) is a national park in Argentina, located in the Santa Victoria Department, in the north of the province of Salta, in the Argentine Northwest. The park borders Bolivia (Tarija province), and its only road access is through that country. It has an area of 720 square kilometres and it is the only tropical park in Argentina.

The park was created in 1974. It is bordered by mountains. The protected area belongs to the Southern Andean Yungas ecoregion, which is located in the Sub-Andean mountain range, with heights averaging 1500–2500 m. The climate is wet and hot, with summer rainfall that goes from 900 to 1300 mm.

The fauna of the park includes several endangered species, such as the yaguareté and the onza.

The cedro salteño trees ("Salta cedrelas") reach huge sizes in this region. Their wood is considered extremely valuable.

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