Lihué Calel National Park is
covered by savannahs and deserts in the mountainous terrain. It is inhabited
by guanacos, maras (Patagonian hare), armadillos, foxes, vizcachas and many
other animals. One of the more dangerous animals that inhibit these lands is
a puma, large carnivorous cat. These are usually shy animals and try to
avoid any contact with humans, but under certain circumstances it can turn
violent. Don't threaten it or approach it too closely. It is no house cat.
Birds that inhabit Lihué Calel National Park include magnificent condors,
rheas (South American specie of ostriches), owls, yellow cardinals, gray
falcons, martineta and others.
Lihué Calel National Park in
addition to its flora and fauna is famous for archaeological site of
indigenous prehistoric people that once lived here. One of the most visible
sights of their presence are various sites of rock art. They consist of
geometric patters made with red and black natural paint. Some date as early
as 2000 BC. One of the easiest way to get here is by taking the hiking trail
known as the Valley of the Paintings. It is about 600 meters long and take
to the cave covered by ancient rock paintings.