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Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks

Travel Guide South America Argentina Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks

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Introduction

Sculpturen in Ischigualasto

Sculpturen in Ischigualasto

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Ischigualasto and Talampaya National Parks are two national parks bordering each other in northwestern Argentina near the border with Chile. While both parks are made up of the same geological formation and belong in the same biome there division across provincial boundaries makes them into separate parks. They lie between the Cerro Los Colorados to the west and the Sierra de Sanagasta to the east and this area is primarily a desert environment home to desert animals and plants.

Ischigualasto National Park

Located in San Juan province, Ischigualasto National Park covers an area of 603.7 km² at an average alititude of 1,300 metres. The park is home to Late Triassic deposits, which are around 230 million years old. This means some of the oldest dinosaur remains can be found in this park. It is also the only place in the world where almost the entire Triassic area can be seen undisturbed in the series of rock deposits. This makes it a crucial area for the study of the difference between dinosaurs and ancient mammals.

Talampaya National Park

Talampaya National Park was founded as a provincial reserve in 1975, then the area was upgraded to a national park in 1997. In 2000 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park covers an area of 2,150 km² at an average altitude of 1,500 metres in La Rioja Province. The main goal of the park is to protect archaeological and paleontological sites within the area. Another amazing site is the Talampaya Gorge which is 143 metres high and 80 metres narrow at one point.

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Sights and Activities

Talampaya

Talampaya

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Ischigualasto National Park

  • Fossils can be found here, mainly from the Triassic period. Although only 6% of the fossils here belong to dinosaurs it is still a great place to see an ancient time.

Talampaya National Park

  • Talampaya Gorge is an amazing gorge worth checking out.
  • Petroglyphs were left by the Puerta del Canon people and have been protected by the dry climate.
  • Botanical Garden is located at a narrow point in the canyon.
  • Fossils, although not as impressive as the neighboring Ischigualasto National Park, can be found here also.

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Getting There

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Detail bodem Talampaya

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By Train

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By Car

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Talampaya National Park

By Bus

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Sleep

Budget

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Mid-Range

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