Parque Provincial Ischigualasto

Parque Provincial Ischigualasto, San Agustin del Valle Fertil: Hours, Address, Parque Provincial Ischigualasto Reviews: 4.5/5

Parque Provincial Ischigualasto

Parque Provincial Ischigualasto
4.5
Speciality Museums • Parks • Geologic Formations
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Ischigualasto Provincial Park, also called Valle de la Luna ("Valley of the Moon" or "Moon Valley"), due to its otherworldly appearance, is a provincial protected area in the north-east of San Juan Province, north-western Argentina, limiting to the north with the Talampaya National Park, in La Rioja Province. Both areas belong to the same geological formation, the Ischigualasto Formation (sometimes Ischigualasto-Talampaya Formation) Established on 3 November 1971, the park has an area of 60,370 ha (603.7 km2; 233.1 sq mi) In 2000 UNESCO included Ischigualasto and Talampaya National Park among its World Heritage Sites.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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tim252
Salisbury, UK587 contributions
Fantastic
Jan 2020
Do not miss the opportunity to visit this stunning park. If you have your own car just turn up at the entrance, pay your fee and join a convoy of vehicles on a 40 Km drive over reasonable tracks.
Written 28 January 2020
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Nemone
Fribourg, Switzerland57 contributions
Beautiful but not eco-friendly
Mar 2019 • Couples
The landscapes in the park are absolutely beautiful, and even more so if you’re remotely interested in geology. Our guide was very knowledgeable and quite easy to understand with my limited knowledge of Spanish. The visit to the museum with the actual fossils was interesting, it’s only a shame that the round form of the building makes the sound really loud and the speakers difficult to understand.
The only downside to this park (and the reason I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5) is that it’s really not ecological to have everyone do the 40 km loop in their own car! Most were only occupied by 2 people, such a waste. Plus you always have to wait for some that take pictures along the way, making the tour much longer than it would be if we all piled up in a minivan.
Written 20 March 2019
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Plymouthtraveller8
Plymouth253 contributions
A lunar landscape rally
Dec 2018 • Couples
This park was about 1 hours drive from our aparthotel in Valle Fertil and it was well worth the time and effort to get there. You drive into the park in your own transport and in convoy with other visitors. One car must take the park guide and that privilege fell to us as the other 5 cars did not have any spare seats.
At the first stop our guide, who spoke good english, politely indicated that we were not driving fast enough for the tour to be completed within the designated time and he offererd to drive our car himself. We reluctantly agreed and as there are no surfaced roads in the park we experienced a tour that at times could have been a warm up for a motor rally. However the car survived the experience admirably and was only in need of a good car wash as some of the clay from the "road" managed to reach the roof of the car!
The "lunar landscape" is composed of clay and all the roads or tracks are made of battered clay. These tracks become impassable at times of rain and the day of our visit was the first day in that week that the park was opened to visitors.
The scenery is certainly impressive, the Argentines have a delightful habit of naming rock formations after various physical objects such as "a sleeping indian, the bowling green, the mushroom to name just 3 rock formations. A certain degree of imagination is required and it all adds to the overall experience!
This park has had more dinosaur finds per square mile than any other place on earth and in the small but very interesting museum close to the entry barrier there are skeletons of various dinosaurs that have been found in the park, or should I say, copies of skeletons as I understand the originals are in a museum at St Juan which we did not have time to visit. The driving tour which takes about 3 hours includes a visit to the on site museum come viewing gallery which has been built over 2 skeletons of donosaurs and which are being exposed little by little as an educational experience.
The cost of the tour (excluding the car wash) was 300 AR$ per person and is suitable for people with impaired movement provided they appreciate a pre rally warm up!
Written 1 February 2019
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joopb
Leidschendam, The Netherlands750 contributions
Must see
Jan 2019 • Friends
It is a unreal treat of nature. A gem, a beauty and so I coul continue. I was more interested in Nature than Dinosauers to be frank I dont give a d for those beasts. The rock formations are surreal.
Written 3 January 2019
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Bäbs
Buenos Aires, Argentina41 contributions
Mother nature left bocce balls for dinosaurs to play with
Oct 2018
You shall find an orange stone submarine, a square mushroom and towering canyon walls during this tour where a guide leads visitors' car caravans on 2-3 hour driving/walking tour in a desert environment home to the world's treasure trove of dinosaur finds. Difficult to reach by public transport. There are apparently tour operators in San Agustín del Valle Fértil and Jáchal, offering excursions to "Valle de la Luna" (Nickname of Ischigualasto). Best to overnight in Villa Unión (few hotels, reserve ahead of time), if you want to combine your visit with Parque Nacional Talampaya nearby.
Written 12 November 2018
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Suzanne Y
Vancouver, Canada172 contributions
Beautiful and Magical
Apr 2018
We had rented a car for two weeks so found ourselves there on our own. We stayed in San Juan the night before, visited this park and then stayed in San Agustin so we could visit Tampalaya the next day. We paid 300 ARS each for the entry. You travel in a convoy with a guide. Unfortunately he only spoke Spanish so we were on our own. I suggest you read up about the park beforehand so you can understand the geology and history of the park. The tour took 3 hours. We started around 14:00 so when we finished we had beautiful light to take pictures of the red Rocky Mountains. The whole park is amazing and totally worth a visit.
Written 24 April 2018
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Renske C
Delft, The Netherlands12 contributions
Beautiful park!
Mar 2018 • Couples
Beautiful park and everything is organised well. The landscapes are breath taking and you get well informed of what you see. The only sad part is that the guide doesn’t speak a word of English. I had to translate everything for my partner, but things do get lost in translation. And a bit more time to take pictures would be welcome, it felt a bit hurried all. But again; the park itself is amazing!
Written 13 March 2018
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milena
Quilmes, Argentina27 contributions
you cant miss it
Jan 2017
spectacular landscape. many geoforms and good guide explanations. avoid doing it in the summer at midday as it can be very hot
Written 15 February 2017
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CoisDeZweed
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands718 contributions
The park is very impressive!
Jan 2017 • Couples
We went to the park with a bus tour (450 pesos) and the entrance was 250 pesos (100 for national students).
The guy owning the bus company also owns Ischigualasto Hostel. He only speaks Spanish though. He will drive you around in the park for 3 hours along with a guide of the park. He will explain a lot and take his time for you.
Our park guide spoke some English, which was great. We stopped at 6 points. Some great viewpoints and shapes of mountains. And also a museum where you could see some fossils of dinosaurs being dug up.
It is difficult to explain what the park looks like and it is also hard to explain how this park has an impact on you. I would certainly recommend going!
O, and if you, travel to Valle Fertil instead of booking a tour from San Juan. You might also want to check out Ischigualasto Hostel if you are travelling on a budget. You can find and contact them on the web. We had good experiences with them.
Have fun!
Written 6 January 2017
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tasebase
Hoek van Holland, The Netherlands84 contributions
Moonvalley
Dec 2016 • Couples
A surrealistic experience. Walking on the moon with normal gravity and no spacesuite. Tremendeously hot weather but absolutlely a once in a lifetime experience I would say. I think there is no other space in the world with this view.
Written 12 December 2016
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