Salinas Grandes , Perito Moreno Glacier , National Parks Talampaya and Nahuel Huapi , Misionary Jungle , Mina Clavero River and Bañado La Estrella are the 7 Natural Wonders of Argentina, elected by the people's vote , announced the organizers of the contest during an event held in the Buenos Aires center.
The awards, which reach destinations distributed in eight provinces and three national parks, were announced at the Borges Cultural Center by the organization 7 Maravillas Argentinas, after six months in which more than one million votes were received.
The first winner to be unveiled - although it was clarified that the seven have the same degree of distinction - was Salinas Grandes, in Jujuy, a salt desert of more than 210 square kilometers at about 3,600 meters above sea level.
Then it was announced to the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park (PN) in Santa Cruz, the large mass of “living” ice of 32 kilometers by five, internationally famous for being among the 15 most spectacular glaciers in the world.
The Talampaya PN, in the red desert of La Rioja, which in its 220,000 hectares contains archaeological, geological and natural riches, as well as unique geoforms and attractive landscapes, was the next nominated destination and adds this award to the World Heritage Award, awarded by Unesco in 2000.
After the deserts and the cold it came the turn to the humid and warm forests of the Missionary Forest, which, among its varied plant species by valleys, hills and plains, houses very particular species, such as the yaguareté and the tatú carreta.
The fifth to be announced was the Mina Clavero River, in the province of Córdoba, which crosses the town of the same name, in the Traslasierra Valley, with its cold and healing waters that are born in the Pampa de Achala.
It was followed by another national park, Nahuel Huapi, the first in the country and stretching across the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén, with the large lake of the same name, eternal snow mountains and the most important ski center in Latin America, as well as landscapes of Andean Patagonia that are postcards around the world.
The last, and which many considered a “covered”, was Bañado La Estrella, from Formosa which, although less widespread than other tourist destinations, has great landscape and natural value, since with its 400,000 hectares it is the third wetland in South America, with the largest variety of avifauna in the country and protected mammals such as aguará guazú and anteater.
The organizers stressed the importance of this choice for the winners, because the distinction is forever, since there will be no other contest of Seven Natural Wonders in the country.
The director of N7W, Jean Paul de la Fuente was present at the event and said he was “very happy with the seven places, because it seems to me that they have a national geographical representation and complete diversity, and most of all represent the desire of the people who voted, who campaigned, who got involved and participated to have the 7 Wonders Argentinian Naturals”.
De la Fuente said he was not surprised by the election of small or lesser-known candidates - such as Rio Mina Clavero or Bañado La Estrella - “because people vote for the place they like not where they live or because it is famous,” and clarified that the vote was not only national, but was also open to all countries.
Therefore, he continued, “we must accept and celebrate equally the nomination of the seven places, because among them there is no winner and represent the desire of the people.”
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