The Andino Norpatagónica Biosphere Reserve is located in the provinces of Chubut, Río Negro and Neuquén. It includes five national parks and numerous protected areas. The landscape is mostly mountainous, dominated by the Andes in the west with sub-Andean plains and plateaus in the east.
The Andino Norpatagónica Biosphere Reserve is located in the Argentine provinces of Chubut, Río Negro and Neuquén. The biosphere reserve has a total area of 2,226,942 ha (over 5.5 million acres).
The Andino Norpatagónica Biosphere Reserve is comprised of a number of national protected areas run by the National Parks Administration. It includes five national parks:
It also includes ten reserves and protected areas of provincial jurisdiction, as well as additional municipal reserves:
- Cerro Pirque Provincial Park
- Arroyo Motoco Provincial Reserve
- Río Turbio Park and Provincial Reserve
- Cerro Currumahuida Forest Reserve
- Río Azul Natural Protected Area
- Baguilt Lake Natural Protected Area
- Cipresal de las Guaitecas Natural Protected Area
- Lake Epuyén Forest Reserve
- Rio Limay Protected Landscape
- Baguilt Reservation, Ice River and Lake Huemul
The landscape is mostly mountainous, dominated by the Andes Mountains in the western areas as well as Sub-Andean plains and plateaus in the eastern areas.
In the mountainous area, the largest bodies of water include the lakes: Nahuel Huapi, Lácar, Traful, Mascardi, Gutierrez, Rivadavia, Puelo, Futalaufquen, among others. There is also a network of high density drainage in wide alluvial plains accompanied by various levels of terraces.
Major habitats & land cover types:
- temperate coniferous and broadleaf forests (coihue forest, lenga beech forest, scrub and forests of antarctic beech, forests with araucaria, cypress forest in the mountains, oak, raulí and coihue forests, larch forest, valdivian forest)
- semidesert high Andes
- patagonian steppe
- water bodies and courses
- forested areas
- agricultural land
- urban areas
- eternal snow and glaciers.