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Ischigualasto Provincial Park

San Juan

Known as “Valley of the Moon”, the Ischigualasto Provincial Park, a World Heritage Site, is one of the great must-sees in Argentina. A visit to the Park is a look into the evolution of the Earth.

You can visit all year round, although the ideal time is from March to May and from September to November. Charged entry.

What to see
Traditional circuit

The most common way to tour the park is on a 40 km circuit that is done in your own vehicle and in a caravan, following a qualified guide. It lasts three hours and there are five stations. Some of the most famous geoforms such as El Hongo, El Submarino, the Bochas Court and Valle Pintado are visited.

The tour can be complemented with a visit to the Interpretation Center of the National University of San Juan, with a lot of information on paleontology, geology and evolution. In addition, in the middle of the circuit, you can visit the William Sill Site Museum with real fossils and where you can see "in situ" how to work with them.

Walk with full moon

Walking through Ischigualasto in the company of the light of the full moon causes the sensation of being in a true lunar landscape. It takes place only four nights a month, being possible to do it the two nights before, the night of the full moon and the night after the lunar phase change.

Trekking to Cerro Morado, Río Salado and Quebrada de la Peña

Cerro Morado, with 1800 meters above sea level, is the highest peak in the park. A trekking reaches its summit from where you have the best panoramic views of Ischigualasto. On the way you can see birds, guanacos, foxes and vizcachas.

There are two more treks that are also carried out with qualified guides: Río Salado —walking along the dry bed of this river, you will reach a great waterfall and an emerald lagoon— and Quebrada de la Peña —you will go through the most important canyon of the park, an imposing geography marked by fluvial and wind erosion. For all walks it is necessary to book in advance.

Ischigualasto by bike

Another way to get to know Ischigualasto is by bicycle. In the company of a local guide, 12 km are traveled through a little-known area of medium-high difficulty. The park has bicycles equipped for pedaling and it is necessary to book in advance.

How to get there and move around

Ischigualasto is 300 km from San Juan capital city along National Routes 40 and 150; 73 km from San Agustín del Valle Fértil along Provincial Route 510; and 140 km from Villa Unión (La Rioja) along National Routes 76 and 150.

From these three towns you can get there by car or on a tour. Roads are paved.

Where to stay

Due to proximity, services and accommodation, San Agustin del Valle Fértil and Villa Unión (La Rioja) are very good options to stay.

Next to the service area, there is a camping site, a restaurant and a grocery store.

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