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Parque Provincial Ischigualasto - Other Activity San Agustín Del Valle Fértil - Argentina

Parque Provincial Ischigualasto—or Valle de la Luna—is the only place on earth where the entire geologic sequence of the Triasic Period of the Mesozoic Era is preserved. These 45-50 million-year-old rocks are one of Argentina’s greatest fossil reservoirs. The most primitive dinosaur, Eoraptor lunensis, was found here. Eons of rain and wind have molded this lunar landscape into fantastic formations, such as El Submarino (The Submarine), El Gusano (The Worm), El Hongo (The Mushroom) and the enigmatic Cancha de Bochas, a sandy court filled with stone balls. The main circuit also visits Valle Pintado (Painted Valley) and Barrancas Coloradas (Red Cliffs).


Ischigualasto isn’t just about species frozen in time. Modern-day flora include cardoon cactus, algarroba, chaguar and other desert plants. Common fauna are guanaco, puma, grey fox, and various rodents, lizards and serpents. Flying over the heights are condor, buzzards, caracara and hawks.

Ruta Nacional 150
San Agustín Del Valle Fértil, Argentina

Other Activity Types:
Natural park

Getting There
Parque Provincial Ischigualasto is 75 kilometers (47 mi) north of San Agustín del Valle Fértil, 330 kilometers (205 mi) north of San Juan capital and 180 kilometers (112 mi) southwest of La Rioja capital. Tours leave from all three towns, but it is much cheaper to take one from Valle Fértil.

Travel Tips: Parque Provincial Ischigualasto, along with Parque Nacional Talampaya, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.


The main 42-kilometer (26-mi) takes three hours. Visitors must have their own transport. They may also opt for a hike to the top of Cerro Morado where condors may be sighted (3 hr) or a bicycle excursion around the base of Morado and to Las Loberías sector (3 hr). All activities are done with official park guides. Full moon tours are also offered (2.5 hr).

Price Description:

Foreigners $20, Argentines $10; includes guided tour.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:April-September: 8a.m.-4 p.m., October-March 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring: Bring along water, food; sun protection (sun block, hat, parasol); and a sweater or light jacket.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

Contact Information:
Phone: 02646-49-1100

Here are other activities in and around San Agustín Del Valle Fértil that may be of interest: Parque Nacional Talampaya,

28 Sep 2010

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