Parque Nacional El Leoncito
Explora Parques , led by Ramón Ossa Federico took ArcticTropic on an adventurous excursion to Parque Nacional El Leoncito. The first activity was dry land sailing on Barreal Blanco, a dry lake bed located at the foot of the Andes. The video above was taken as we drove at 100 mph ‘160 kph across the lake bed.
The lake bed is parched as it rains or snows only a couple of times a year.
No sound except for the wind.
The wind dies down, so the sailing is a bit slow.
The technique is not much different than water sailing.
Entrance to the giant park.
A valley oasis.
Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO), where we will vist at sunset.
A cooling waterfall. There may well be gold in the rocks.
Will almost no rain,these rocks take eons to form.
Springtime in the oasis.
Some rare clouds.
The park is near the Chilean border – the mountains offer huge mining potential as well.
As darkness fell around 8 PM we arrived at Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO). There are three times as many stars to view in the Southern Hemisphere than in the Northern Hemisphere. The high Andean deserts in Chile and Argentina offer the best viewing in the world due to high altitude,clear air and a total lack of light pollution due to being one of the more remote areas of the world. Even with some volcanic dust in the air from Peyhuehe the viewing was incredible. Above is a photo taken with a radioteescope.
Comet Halley in 1986.
Planet Venus in the West.
The radio telescope is for the astronomers only. We were treated to views from a smaller but very powerful telescope outside. The roof above retracts.