Parque Nacional Talampaya, Villa Union

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Situated between the Cerro Los Colorados and Sierra de Sañagasta, Parque Nacional Talampaya is a natural attraction. Named a national park in 1997 and World Heritage Site in 2000, this site is known for its vast desert landscapes and geological formations. The entire park stretches over 2,150 sq km (830 sq mi) and features important archeological sites, palaeontological sites, and typical mountain flora and fauna. This rocky terrain was formed by water and desert temperatures. Along with the Ischigualasto formation, this park boasts the Triassic Period's most complete continental fossil record known to man. Make Parque Nacional Talampaya part of your personalized Province of La Rioja itinerary using our Province of La Rioja tour planner.
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  • It is the possibility of being in Argentina in a place where, despite knowing that is not the case, you have the feeling of being the first person to visit him. The nature there is so rich in colors, formations, accidents and landscapes, which is hard to believe it's true. Rheas, guanacos, foxes and hares pass near one as if nothing. TAKE into account the following: it's a pretty expensive place. The entrance to the Park ($120 for Argentines not Rioja) only allows access to the facilities for visitors, who are within 15 kilometers of the Talampaya Canyon. To navigate it yes or Yes should hire an excursion or a guide, with prices of between 400 and 630$ per person. I did the complete walk, $600, and not regret at all, but it is good to let travellers know will find an unexpected expense.
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  • Excellent! Very good guide and the snack in the middle of the Canyon (tasting of wines, olives, water, juice, snacks and regional sweets) three-hour wonders!
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  • We were family. We were 6. Everyone enjoyed it much. We made the trip in the kombis prepared for this purpose. The passage is reasonable. The circuit runs along the bed of the Talampaya River, which is usually dry, if it has rained there are no tours because water fall in the mountains drained by the bed making it impassable. Before you begin with nature itself, I tell them that we meet a few catwalks that lead us to admire the petroglyphs of past cultures shortly after entering the Park. The spectacle that is offered is impressive. Vertical walls of Red stone, with more than 80 meters in height. Rock formations that to who take the work of investigating before traveling family, the friar, the Obelisk will be you. and many more structures. They have been carved by wind and water over millennia. In certain part of the Park we reach some hillsides carved by wind perpendicular. They have the particularity of its ECHO, which is repeated five times, something that occurs in very few sides (e.g.: Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello.) It also has an interesting and varied flora that guides will help you identify. Fauna is also important and diverse, it is difficult to see her since they are usually nocturnal. I could keep talking about this place tirelessly, but it tired them to you. I have much in the pipeline, go, experience it and don't miss it. It is one of the undeniable beauty of our country.
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  • Spectacular park with massive gigantic red walls. It is truly a must in the area.
  • World Hertitage National Park together with close by Valle de Luna. Beautiful canyon with ancient rock drawings. A small version of the Grand Canyon but without the tourists. One of the highlights of Argentina.
  • Stunning beauty and great hiking.
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  • The place is impressive. The entrance includes a hike but you just leads to the first season. I recommend paying the tour which makes the entire. It is expensive but it is worth.
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