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. To visit Reserva Provincial La Payunia on your trip to Malargue, use our Malargue vacation generator.
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  • This incredible beautiful scenery worth the trip, you’ll see things hard to find in any other place on the world. Mendoza, Argentina, is a land where the density of volcanos is the highest in earth. T...  more »
  • This place is otherworldly, as many travellers mentioned, you will see things that you won't see anywhere else in the world, like the "volcanic bombs", only here you can see them in their natural stat...  more »
  • The multifaceted scenery surpassed the mini videos we were shown in a tour office. Adding in the feel of the howling wind and sound of the porous volcanic rock crunching underfoot it was a multisensor...  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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