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Calingasta Department

Departamento Calingasta

location of Jáchal Department in San Juan Province
Country Argentina
Established December 17, 1869
Capital Tamberías
 • Mayor José Adolfo Ibaceta
 • Total  km2 (Formatting error: invalid input when rounding sq mi)
 • Total 8.176 (2,001 census [INDEC])
Postal Code SJ5400
Area Code 0264

31°22′S 69°30′W / 31.367°S 69.500°W / -31.367; -69.500

Patron saint San José

Calingasta is a department of the province of San Juan (Argentina). It is located at the southwestern tip of the province, which is predominantly a landscape of mountains clearly, mountains and rivers. Characterized by its production of apple and demonstrate a remarkable growth mainly in the tourist town of Barreal and Tamberías

Origin of name

Several have been the meanings that have been given to indigenous root of this word. People of the inhabitants of Calían. Skirt or safe or major hills. Transforming Catalve "(River of the hillside), as the area was called Calingasta the arrival of the Spaniards.


The department Calingasta is southwest of the province of San Juan, west, 135 miles City of San Juan, it has an area of 22,589 square kilometres, which succeeds in ubicarce Firstly with respect to its surface at the provincial level. Its boundaries are:

  • Relief

Calingasta has fully rugged topography (hilly), as its location is at the foot of the Andes, where the mountains are complemented with its main highest elevation, the mountain Mercedario (6,720 meters), after Aconcagua and it is possible to highlight an area precordillerana lower height as the first with numerous mountain cave highlight the Sierra del Tontal. The soil is mainly features desert with little vegetation cover, with exceptions in the valleys located on the banks of rivers.

  • Climate

The climate is mostly desert with little precipitation, highlighting marked thermal amplitudes, with notable differences in temperature between night and day, a major solar radiation.

Coordinates: 31°22′S 69°30′W / 31.367°S 69.500°W / -31.367; -69.500

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