Horco Molle Experimental Nature Reserve

This park belongs to the National University in Tucumán. Located at only 15 km from San Miguel de Tucumán, it offers a peaceful Yungas environment. It access is by Presidente Perón Avenue. Some metres before the last roundabout turn right and go on 700m up to the entrance.

Horco Molle Wildlife Park was created in 1986 and it covers 200 hectares. It is next to San Javier Mountain Park. Both are administrated by the National University in Tucumán.

Horco Molle means muddy stick. It is a tree with more than 20 meters tall and 50 centimeters diameter. It is considered as a big ornamental value with special perfume which impregnates the landscape. The weather is mild and humid with dry winter and rainy summers.

Animals are the main tourist attraction and they represent the traditional fauna of the Northwest of Argentina. This wildlife park is very important because different local endangered species are preserved here. Animals are free inside a perimeter fence of 18 hectares approximately.  Some species are toads, frogs, alligators, tortoises, turtles, llamas, corzuelas and capybara.

Visits should be guided by a wildlife guard in order to know a full description of each animal.  There are some picnic and barbecue areas, bathrooms and a playground, for those who want to spend the day there. It is open since 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. every day.

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