Cono de Arita in Argentina

Leave a Comment

Advertisement

Near the south border of Salar de Arizaro, the sixth largest salt flat on earth and the second largest in Argentina, 70 km from the village of Tolar Grande, lies a strange volcanic pyramid. An almost perfect cone, it rises unexpectedly in the middle of the salt pan. This is Cono de Arita and it looms majestically 122 meters above the Salar. Its name comes from the Aymara language where Arita means “sharp”.

In the early twentieth century it was believed that such a perfect cone could only have been built by man. But Cono de Arita is natural and believed to be a small volcano which lacked strength to burst through the curst and so never threw lava or developed a crater. Everything around the cone is black salt brought to the surface by ancient magma flows underground. According to the archaeological remains found in the cone, the place was a ceremonial center prior to the arrival of the Incas.

cono-de-arita-12

Photo credit

cono-de-arita-1

Photo credit

cono-de-arita-2

Photo credit

cono-de-arita-3

Photo credit

cono-de-arita-4

Photo credit

cono-de-arita-5

Photo credit

cono-de-arita-8

Photo credit

cono-de-arita-9

Photo credit

cono-de-arita-11

Photo credit

Source: Argentina.ar / Argentina Excepción

Subscribe to our Newsletter and get articles like this delieverd straight to your inbox

0 comments:

Post a Comment

Amusing Planet appreciates your comments, except when they are SPAM. Such comments will be deleted immediately before they appear on this page. Spamming is futile, so please avoid.

To ensure that this page is free of spam, all comments are moderated, so it may take a while for your comments to appear.