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Laguna de los Pozuelos Natural Monument


This is one of the big Puna wetlands and a place to visit for a day, which marvels visitors who enjoy bird watching as well as visitors who like extreme and lonely landscapes.

The best time to visit is from March to April. Mind the extreme weather and large thermal amplitude. Free-of-charge.

What to see
Laguna de los Pozuelos

Flamingos reign in this magnificent water mirror, located 3,600 m.a.s.l. Over 100,000 specimens of the 3 species living in Argentina can be viewed: the Chilean flamingo, the Andean flamingo and James’s flamingo.

Some ‘unique species’ from Puna can also be found, such as the Andean avocet, the Andean goose, the Puna teal, the Andean gull, the Puna plover and the giant coot, apart from migratory birds arriving in the summer, as the Wilson’s phalarope and the Hudsonian godwit

A walk around the southern part of the lagoon, near the mouth of Cincel River, is recommended. The size of the lagoon changes according to the river flow and the summer rainfall. In August and September, the lagoon tends to be smaller and more kilometres must be travelled to reach the shore.



About 20 km off the access to Laguna de los Pozuelos, Rinconada (an old mining hub) stands out as one of the highest altitude towns in Argentina: almost 3,900 m.a.s.l. 

Visitors are amazed by the cobbled streets, adobe houses and thatched roofs, the ancient town hall and the Pucará de Rinconada archaeological site.

How to get there and move around

From the town of Abra Pampa, it is 48 km along Provincial Route 7 to the park ranger station. From there, it is 7 km to the north. 

Visitors can take a tour from Tilcara or Purmamarca. It is important to have enough fuel if the journey is made by car. Rinconada, 20 km off the lagoon, has a petrol station.

Before travelling, consult the state of the routes at the nearest tourism office. How to avoid "altitude sickness"? Read these recommendations to take care of your health.

Where to stay

The protected area has no services. Rinconada has a homestay lodge. Abra Pampa offers the greatest offer of accommodation and restaurants.

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