Parque Nacional El Leoncito

Parque Nacional El Leoncito

Parque Nacional El Leoncito
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Beautiful park with some nice hikes. You can choose between some short walks and longer more demanding hikes.the rangers are very friendly and helpful.
Written 13 November 2021
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Bezi
London, UK656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
One of the best things is just getting here. The road from Upsalatta is unpaved for a large section and virtually straight all the way. On a good day you will get awesome views of Aconcagua, It will also give you an idea of what Mendoza is like without water as it is a virtual desert.
Anyway the park is fairly compact and when you stop at the ranger station (you have to stop) they will give you a small map that shows a waterfall you can walk to, which we did. I am sure there are other things to do but that was fine for us.
They told us that if we wanted to we could come back at sunset and see the observatory but we didn't because it was a full moon and it's quite a way from Barreal.
Written 21 December 2019
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Wojtek N
Bardufoss, Norway83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
It is said that it can be cloudy during daytime but in the evening... magic hand take clouds of the sky.
It is true! and due to that in Leoncito there is more than 300 clear nights in the year.
You can see telescopes and if you are lucky as we were you will listen to the best explanation of how the observatory works and what it is all about - thanks to Cachi and Pepe!!!
Written 14 July 2019
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Fabro83
Sao Paulo, SP40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
This is a must if you are visting Barreal. If you have the chance try to book at "El Aleman" one month before in order to stay one night there (dinner includign) and have the chance to see through the telescope.
Written 2 October 2017
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hannahannah88
Wellington, New Zealand27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
If you have a tent and time - then you have to visit Parque Nacional El Leoncito !! We took a detour from RN40 and drove down RN149 and it was worth it just for this park.
We spent 3 nights and 2 days here - walked to the cerro, did laundry,
had some hammock time and enjoyed those hot showers. The staff here are really friendly also and can provide information about other parks in Argentina. The campground is very well maintained - new shower block with hot showers, lots of shades, asado pits... So nice !!
Written 17 December 2016
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Linn B
Tbilisi, Georgia19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
The national park of Leoncito will stun you with its scenery! With its vast pampa at the foot of the mountains, the little waterfall, the observatory and the beautiful view of the Andes it's a lovely place to visit if you are in Barreal or the valley of Calingasta. The entry is for free unlike most other national parks in Argentina, but you do need a car to get there.
Written 22 November 2016
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rosannabertolini
Temecula, CA225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
People who take care of the place love their home and their job, they are proud to be from San Juan. The place is well care, views and landscape are awesome. The observatory must be visit at night with a clean sky and with moon at first or last quarter in order to appreciate stars with telescope. Professor Leppe shows you every thing about stars and planet even you don't know anything about it.
Written 28 August 2016
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Michael W
Brisbane, Australia109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
This remote but beautiful park is a 20 minute drive south from Barreal. Do not miss it! Access is free, and it is worth spending a full day exploring the beautiful walk. A 5 kilometre walk, of moderate difficulty and well signed, takes you to the summit of Cerro Leoncito, from where you have the best view of the Andes, both west and east! Take your own food and water, and rug up in Winter, for this great experience. Every new corner and every hill hill provides a new vista!
A short drive to the astronomic observatory is worth the small cost for entry (under 2USD). Not a spectacular experience in the daytime, but interesting for the explanation (Spanish only) by an academic from the university of San Juan on the joint program conducted here with Yale University. And a small museum of their work from the 1960s. We heard of fantastic night viewing in the old telescope, but night cloud prevented us from enjoying that opportunity.
Travelling with a Spanish speaking academic, who knew both astronomy and geology, enhanced our visit. But don't be deterred if you don't have one of these in your party! It is just as beautiful.
If you have time, also drive about 20kms north of Barreal, where there is a small side track to the east of the road, leading (less than 1 km) to a dead end. From here, there ISQ short climb to some of the most beautiful rock formations to see.
Barreal is a geological and environmental gem, probably lost to most Argentinians, let alone the rest of the world. We were lucky enough to see its beauty!
Written 14 July 2016
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Becky0210
Hereford, England81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
This park has a very long approach road, then rough tracks to the ranger station. It has almost no major natural features, other than a small waterfall. It would be great for a lengthy hike, for the quiet unspoilt scenery, watching for birds and small animals. But the telescope is very dull in the daytime, They charge 20 pesos to listen to a guide telling you how big it is, over and over. You go up and look at it, doing nothing whatsoever. The friendly dogs who live there are considerably more appealing and interesting. Probably much better at night, but a very long rough drive in the dark might put many people off.
Written 18 May 2016
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Antonella M
Sorrento, Italy62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
After walking in the nature in the area, the sunset and night make this experience bellissima! I live in the other emisphere, and here, the sky is closer, and the stars shines more..it is the wildest place I ever saw......magic and romantic, plus guided tour top level!
Written 28 April 2016
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