Los Altares

Los Altares
Rural commune
Los Altares Valley
Los Altares Valley
Los Altares is located in Argentina
Los Altares
Los Altares
Coordinates: 43°53′31″S 68°23′31″W / 43°53′31″S 68°23′31″W / -43.892; -68.392
Country   Argentina
Province Chubut
Department Paso de Indios
Founded February 18, 1960
Government
 • Presidente Junta Vecinal Mario Oviedo [1]
Population (2001) [1]
 • Total 123
Area code(s) 0297
Climate BWk

Los Altares is a rural commune in Paso de Indios Department, Chubut Province in southern Argentina. [1] As of 2001, it had 123 inhabitants. [1] Mario Oviedo is the municipality's leader, with the title Presidente Junta Vecinal. [1]

The rural commune of Los Altares is located in Los Altares Valley, near the center of Chubut Province in a semi-arid region 230 kilometres (140 mi) from Trelew and 323 kilometres (201 mi) from Esquel along National Route 25. Los Altares takes its name from the surrounding rock formations. There are 80 kilometres (50 mi) of rock walls up to 70 metres (230 ft) tall in the nearby valley, giving the appearance of altars. This terrain is typical of the Patagonian Steppe in central Argentina.

Near the town, there is a site of ancient Tehuelche rock art from the tenth century. The site is today under the guardianship of the Provincial Cultural Authority. There is one painting of 90x53 centimeters composed of mineral pigments mixed with organic material.

The descendants of the native Tehuelches living in the area are artisans. They will craft arrowheads at visitors' request.

Climate

Climate data for Los Altares, Chubut (1993–2013)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 39.8
(103.6)
41.0
(105.8)
39.0
(102.2)
32.6
(90.7)
26.2
(79.2)
21.8
(71.2)
23.0
(73.4)
25.0
(77)
29.0
(84.2)
34.0
(93.2)
38.4
(101.1)
42.0
(107.6)
42.0
(107.6)
Mean maximum °C (°F) 37.0
(98.6)
37.0
(98.6)
33.6
(92.5)
28.6
(83.5)
22.8
(73)
18.7
(65.7)
18.2
(64.8)
20.8
(69.4)
24.7
(76.5)
29.7
(85.5)
33.4
(92.1)
36.5
(97.7)
39.0
(102.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 21.9
(71.4)
20.7
(69.3)
17.4
(63.3)
12.8
(55)
8.4
(47.1)
5.3
(41.5)
4.6
(40.3)
7.0
(44.6)
10.5
(50.9)
14.5
(58.1)
17.8
(64)
20.8
(69.4)
13.5
(56.3)
Mean minimum °C (°F) 6.9
(44.4)
7.1
(44.8)
2.6
(36.7)
−1.1
(30)
−5.5
(22.1)
−8.2
(17.2)
−9.1
(15.6)
−5.8
(21.6)
−2.6
(27.3)
1.1
(34)
4.0
(39.2)
5.8
(42.4)
−10.4
(13.3)
Record low °C (°F) 2.8
(37)
2.0
(35.6)
1.0
(33.8)
−4.8
(23.4)
−11.0
(12.2)
−17.0
(1.4)
−20.0
(−4)
−11.6
(11.1)
−5.2
(22.6)
−2.6
(27.3)
−2.4
(27.7)
1.2
(34.2)
−20.0
(−4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 6.1
(0.24)
11.5
(0.453)
12.5
(0.492)
16.2
(0.638)
27.5
(1.083)
20.6
(0.811)
14.4
(0.567)
16.6
(0.654)
15.6
(0.614)
15.9
(0.626)
4.8
(0.189)
5.9
(0.232)
167.6
(6.598)
Source: Ministerio del Interior, Obras Públicas y Vivienda [2]
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