Reserva Provincial La Payunia, Malargue

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Ride through a moon-like landscape when you tour Reserva Provincial La Payunia, a nature preserve dotted with volcanic cones. Take a tour of the reserve to see the barren land from dry deserts up to the volcanic craters. You'll drive over volcanic rock beds, including collapsed lava tubes, and see snow-capped mountains in the distance. Especially notable is the black terrain formed by volcanic ash, dubbed Pampas Negras. Part of the reserve lacks almost any vegetation, though you'll find some wildlife here, including guanacos, armadillos, chinchillas, and more. Take a look at our Malargue trip planner to schedule your visit to Reserva Provincial La Payunia and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This great experience will be always remembered. The mood around the volcanoes with black soil and the different colored rocks has something surreal that draws one into the spell. Rarely, we were so thrilled by a landscape but Argentina has just been wonderful nature experiences to offer, that's why we will visit this country again and again. We were in a Land Rover driven by Santiago Cara, owner of Karen travel, and excellent care. In the three days that we spent together, we became fast friends. We have many drivers and guides had on other continents, but Santiago was lonely top.
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  • A unique place, is worth the long journey. Incredible volcanic landscapes. You must go with licensed guides.
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  • Amazing nature reserve. You feel like you're on another planet. We went with a tour operator located in Malargüe called Payunia Travel. The guide spoke Spanish and English, and was very well informed....  more »

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Look on either side of Highway 40 and you'll find accommodations to suit your whims and wallet in Malargue's main urban area. Hotels boasting a vast array of amenities and services sit alongside welcoming family-run options. Rental apartments make sense for those wishing to stay a while, to explore the landscape and towns linked up by Highway 40. Alternatively, consider the campgrounds around the town's outskirts and in remoter areas reachable on the 40.
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