Alto Calilegua (High Calilegua)

Alto Calilegua is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful adventures that can be done in the area. The village consisting of no more than twenty houses, is located in the flat tops of the hills that crown the park. Access to the high village can only be reached by foot, horse or mule. The journey demands over half a day so it is advised to spend the night  at the top and travel back down the following day.
From San Francisco, located at an altitude of approximately 1500 meters above sea level, the path to Alto Calilegua starts just above the village. It goes through the mountain jungle, which gives way to mountain forest, and finally becomes grasslands at the peaks. On the way, you will notice changes in the vegetation, from the dense jungle to the green fields of grass on top of the mountains, at a height of about 3000 meters above sea level.
This trip not only allows you to experience dreamy landscapes but also to discover other nearby towns that stand on the slopes. It the distance one can see the imposing mountains that separate the green Yungas to the arid desert of the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
It is also possible to see a variety of birds, and is quite common to see the king of the Andes, the Andean Condor, flying over the quiet prairies while you travel over the mountaintops.
After half a day’s travel and already on the mountain tops, you can see some stone houses build by local people which are used in summer for cattle. After a few hours of walking or riding, you finally reach Alto Calilegua, undeniably magnificent scenery where only travelers can admire the spectacular views, which is a privilege of those who reach the highlands.
>>> To make this trip on horseback you can contact cabalgatas@calilegua.com

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