Parque Nacional Talampaya, Villa Union

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. To visit Parque Nacional Talampaya and other attractions in Province of La Rioja, use our Province of La Rioja trip planner .
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  • October 6, 2017
    Talampaya National Park, with its reminiscences to Petra, "buy you" in the Act with its colours, its magic, its petroglyphs, its strange geological formations. This desert was millions of years ago, a forest. Here the tour is different from the Valley of the Moon: go up (if you're willing to pay $600 in addition to the $150 from the entrance to the Park) to a truck that has a guide. And you're admiring the Park and learning. In some areas allow you to climb to the roof of the truck (which logically is adapted), and from there look at the Talampaya Canyon. An unforgettable experience! And when you least expect it you, surrounded by those natural walls of 150 meters in height, awaits you a table, in the middle of the desert, with a meal with, among other goodies, snacks, quince, olives and local wine (delicious!). After playing with the echo Canyon and under a strong sun, you say "enough of nature!" And want to go back to civilization"as they say in English, all in all, I loved these places of my country! Do you want to know more about Talampaya? Read the following: Talampaya National Park is one of the seven "heritage of mankind" declared by the Unesco in Argentina. The Talampaya River Canyon walls were eroded by wind and water, and took extremely strange shapes. It is an archaeological reserve - paleontological. The formations, with its so strange and whimsical forms shaped by wind erosion are proposed: the monk, the Magus, the Gothic Cathedral, needles, crib, the Castle, among others. Among the many things to see, know and admire are a few collective mortars and many ancient petroglyphs. Beautiful! It is the silver which costs! I hope you have served my comment. Thank you for reading.
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  • October 5, 2017
    It's a walk forced to travel to the province of La Rioja, he is accessed only by hiring the tour there are several options and schedules, it is a very beautiful experience, maybe a little face
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  • October 4, 2017
    Divine landscapes. Special. Unique. It is hard to get because it is far away from major cities, yet worth it. It is not highly touted. The excursions are hired right there. Everything is paid in cash.
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  • July 27, 2016
    Spectacular park with massive gigantic red walls. It is truly a must in the area.
  • November 18, 2015
    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.
  • November 10, 2015
    Stunning beauty and great hiking.
  • October 15, 2016
    good
  • October 12, 2017
    Beautiful site!. The Guide knew a lot and made the excursion was very good. It is a shame that this privatized national park, the cost of the excursions is high (the family groups have discounts). The service is very good.
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