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Argentina : Catamarca

7.5 km (4.7 miles) SW of Culampajá, Catamarca, Argentina
Approx. altitude: 3346 m (10977 ft)
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Antipode: 27°N 113°E

Accuracy: 11 m (36 ft)
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#2: View from confluence 27S67W towards North #3: View from confluence 27S67W towards East #4: View from confluence 27S67W towards South #5: View from confluence 27S67W towards West #6: Constantino and Pablo Grosse at confluence 27S67W #7: GPS display

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#1: View of confluence 27S67W (in the foreground)

(visited by Constantino Grosse and Pablo Grosse)

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17-Jul-2008 -- My son (Pablo Grosse, geologist) and I (Constantino Grosse, physicist) decided to try to visit a confluence close to our hometown of San Miguel de Tucumán. We often go on endure motorcycle trips to the Puna region of NW Argentina, and we decided to try out the 27S67W confluence, which is fairly near a 4x4 track.

We first traveled to Corral Quemado by main roads where we stayed for the night. The next day, July 17, 2008, we rode on our motorcycles northwards along a 4x4 road that goes to the abandoned Culampajá gold mine. Just before reaching the 27S parallel we tried to get of the 4x4 track and ride westwards towards the confluence, but had to quickly desist due to very sandy and loose terrain. So we left our motorcycles and continued on foot. We walked for about one hour and a half, for a distance of around 3 km upslope until we reached the confluence.

Confluence 27S67W is located at an altitude of 3346 m on the northeastern flank of a small ridge, close to its summit region. We took the necessary photos, rested and returned to our motorcycles. We then continued north and visited the abandoned mine, before returning home.

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17-Jul-2008 -- Mi hijo Pablo Grosse (geólogo) y yo (Constantino Grosse, físico) decidimos intentar la visita de alguna confluencia cercana a nuestro domicilio en Tucumán. Solemos recorrer la zona de la Puna en moto enduro, por lo que nos decidimos por la 27S67W que se encuentra cerca de un camino de 4x4.

Fuimos en camioneta hasta Corral Quemado donde pernoctamos. El 17/07/2008 por la mañana salimos en moto hacia el norte siguiendo un camino en buen estado que termina en las minas de Culampajá. Poco antes de cruzar el paralelo 27 intentamos desviarnos hacia el oeste pero pronto debimos desistir debido al terreno arenoso y muy poco firme. Así que dejamos las motos y comenzamos a caminar.

Tardamos cerca de una hora y media en recorrer los 3 km en subida con un desnivel de unos 250m. La confluencia se encuentra a 3346 m de altura sobre la ladera noreste y cerca de la parte más alta de un filo que baja en dirección sureste desde una cumbre de unos 3850 m de altura. Tomamos las fotos de rigor, descansamos y retornamos hacia las motos. Completamos el paseo visitando algunas bocas de las minas abandonadas de Culampajá.


 All pictures
#1: View of confluence 27S67W (in the foreground)
#2: View from confluence 27S67W towards North
#3: View from confluence 27S67W towards East
#4: View from confluence 27S67W towards South
#5: View from confluence 27S67W towards West
#6: Constantino and Pablo Grosse at confluence 27S67W
#7: GPS display
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