Parque Nacional Talampaya, Villa Union

(4.5/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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 an amazing place. We did the tour that is walking with the guides in the guides of the Talampaya cooperative, have the same office there at the entrance. Depart whenever a group is formed and is in the morning. Besides the Talampaya Canyon you can also meet the Gorge Don Eduardo (where not arrive the vans of the other company). It was outstanding to know the Gorge of the Rainbow since it was closed by rains. In addition, we spent the night in a tent. The sector of camping has plugs, grills and bathrooms complete with showers of water hot. Camping is charged a plus on the entry (when we went left us $70)
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  • A National Park not very hyped but worth to be visited! A excellent destination for go in family and with purposes educational for them children (as the trail of the Triassic that plays them dinosaurs of the area) with regard to the organization think that could be improved: the Park tends to be closed in occasion of rains copious in them mountains (have in has that the tour is makes by the bedding of the river...). On the route there is a Saturday which is flooded and not allow vehicles to pass. I recommend that they check before you go and call by phone to the Park because the information is not updated on the internet. The ride is very nice and the stations of step are very well explained. The magnitude of the mountains, the shape of the walls and forms, the hieroglyphic inscriptions... I recommend do the walk in truck in the part open, but for this should book previously in the site of internet. Make the tail in place has much delay and usually achieved outputs with 3 or 4 hours waiting. Waiting facilities are excellent, with armchairs, air conditioning and bar. If you go in summer, don't forget to bring water for the journey
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  • Had the opportunity of knowing makes some years the Park national of Talampaya. A natural attraction unique in the world. Today I have to say that I was a huge disappointment. We traveled 1500 km to meet a few friends this beauty. In the morning we learned that the route collapsed due to rain and that we should wait. Meanwhile us reported step by step from the hotel, office of tourism and the gendarmerie that were working on the route. No one knew if the Park would be open or not. Called by phone to be impossible that someone we attend; We enter the page of the Park (.com) where he said that "on the day today operated normal. For tomorrow we will have to wait what happens tonight with the rains." So we ventured to cross the route on which it was working. Upon arrival we found that the tours had been suspended. They told us that why not we call before by telephone to inform us; questioning that we made it. To the get to Villa Union us headed to the office of tourism who us confirm that by message of text from the Park had informed that is suspended the activities and that not had nor internet nor worked the phone. By which we confirm that they were lying to us (the phone did not work). We will no be able to tour the Park, disappointed by poor attention to us and others who also withdrew from the place, Argentines and foreigners. I hope that this will serve to rethink errors and that does not happen again. In this age where technology allows access to information instantly, is a lack of consideration to the tourist who do not notify is both in the hotel, internet, tourist office and even in the gendarmerie.
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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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  • One of the best national parks. I do not put 5 stars because it would be very unfair to other parks such as the Iguazu. It is a park that has to visit once in life, beautiful, immense and long-haul. It has many tours for all kinds of people. I went twice and would definitely return.
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