Valle Calchaquí

Photo by Els Slots.

Valle Calchaquí is part of the Tentative list of Argentina in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Valle Calchaquí is a cultural landscape best known for its contrast of colours and its unique geography that sustained agricultural development and animal domestication. These valleys were once inhabited by a number of tribes including the Tiahuanaco Culture, the Inka State and the Quilmes. From the 16th century on battles took place between the indigenous population and the Spanish colonizers.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Els Slots

The Netherlands - 02-Nov-08 -

Valle Calchaquí (T) by Els Slots

A trip to the Valle Calchaquí is one of the many daytrips that can be undertaken from the city of Salta (Northwest Argentina). There are a lot of valleys to explore here. This one stretches out directly to the west of the provincial capital.

Most impressive part I found the Los Cardones National Park - a 'forest' of candelabra cactuses. Really great if you're from a lesser dry area and never seen anything like it before.

There are condors to be seen too. The route ends in the sleepy town of Cachi, which is good for lunch.

It's a nice outing, but I don't think this Tentative Site is remarkable enough to become a proper WHS. The accompanying information provided by Argentina is very vague too. Although it is suggested as a cultural site, much attention is drawn to the Valley's geology and natural beauty. It also repeats a lot of what is said about Quebrada de Huamahuaca: agricultural practices, Andean trade route, spread of the Inca state.

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Valle Calchaquí
Cultural Landscape - Relict
2001 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: Valle Calchaquí

The site has 4 locations

Valle Calchaquí: Los Cardones National Park (T)
Valle Calchaquí: Las Conchas (T)
Valle Calchaquí: Cuesta del Obispo (T)
Valle Calchaquí: Abra de Acay (T)
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