Central Andean puna

WWF Abstract

The Central Andean Puna is a high-elevation montane grassland extending along the spine of the Andes, through Peru and Bolivia, southward into northern Chile and Argentina. Connecting the wet puna in the north and west with the dry puna in the south, this ecoregion receives a moderate amount of rainfall, usually between 15 to 30 inches (400-800 mm) each year. Looking out over bunchgrass, shrubs, and wildflowers, youÂ’d see a landscape of snow-capped peaks, mountain pastures, high lakes, plateaus, and valleys. In this high Andes region, you might even see guanacos, wild relatives of the llama, nibbling on the grassy vegetation.
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Ecozone:Neotropic
Biome:Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Countries:Argentina, Bolivia, Peru
Area:39,871,998 acres (16,135,625 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Reserva Biologica de la Cordillera de Sama Biological Reserve
Reserva de la Biosfera de Pozuelos Biosphere Reserve
Reserva de la Biosfera San Guillermo Biosphere Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER