Argentina: Lihue Calel National Park

Lihue Calel National Park lies in the heart of the Argentinian pampas flatland in the middle of La Pampa province and is the only area of hills and small mountains for miles. Lihué Calel means ‘mountain range of life’ in the Araucano language, and the park has some very unique habitats, flora, and fauna. The hills are of ancient volcanic origin, although heavily eroded. The wildlife includes cougars, foxes, Patagonian hares, wild cats, viscachas, Pampas cat, ferrets, skunks, rheas and herds of guanacos (we saw some of the latter looking at as. Lots of birds typical for the pampas are easily spotted. Flora is equally impressive with a variety of cacti, some in full bloom.