Itinerary for Argentina Field Course 2010

Below is an overview of our travel itinerary while in Argentina. We will discuss detailed field activities in class and on the ground once we arrive but this will provide you with some notion of how the field course will unfold. We will try to have some guests visit us at these various sites.

Date Topic
Saturday 13 Feb. Kingston-Pearson. Depart for Buenos Aires
Sunday 14 Feb. Arrive in Buenos Aires. Overnight stay.
Monday 15 Feb. Visit to Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales. Depart for San Miguel de Tucuman in afternoon. Travel to Tafi del Valle from Tucuamn airport.
Tuesday 16 Feb. morning and afternoon excursions to yungas and alder woodland cloudforest below Tafi and
alpine grasslands above the village.
Wednesday 17 Feb. morning and afternoon excursions to yungas and alder woodland cloudforest below Tafi and
alpine grasslands above the village.
Thursday 18 Feb. morning activities around Tafi; afternoom depart for Cafayate, passing through the pass at El Infiernillo (ca. 3000 masl), and descending through prepuna vegetation (with columnar cacti) into the Calchaqui Valleys, where the endemic Monte ecosystem predominates.
Friday 19 Feb.

Activities centered on Cafayate and surroundings, studying the desert scrub
ecosystems.

Saturday 20 Feb. Depart Cafayate & travel to the city of Salta along the river valley, continue to the province of Jujuy and the montane forest systems near Lozano.
Sunday 21 Feb. Activities near Lozano (alder woods, montane forest with comparison to those below Tafi).
Monday 22 Feb. Activities near Lozano (alder woods, montane forest with comparison to those below Tafi).
Tuesday 23 Feb. Local travel to sites in the Quebrada ("Gorge") de Humahuaca to moderate elevations, to both see new habitats and geological features but also to acclimatize to the higher altitudes for the following days).
Wednesday 24 Feb. Ascend through the Quebrada de Humahuaca Gorge, arriving at Abra Pampa at
mid-day. Afternoon activities near Abra Pampa.
Thursday 25 Feb. Activities centered in the puna habitat near Abra Pampa.
Friday 26 Feb. Descend to San Salvador de Jujuy. Fly to Buenos Aires. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Saturday 27 Feb. Depart for Canada
Sunday 28 Feb. Arrive in Toronto - Relaxing bus ride to Kingston.

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