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Tailor-made tours

Ischigualasto & Talampaya

Argentina

4 days

Summary

Get off the beaten track and explore two of Argentina’s most impressive National Parks. See the enormous geological formations in Moon Valley and visit the Palaeontological Museum to see some of the best fossil remains found in the region. In Talampaya you will find red-desert earth reminiscent of the outback, spectacular desert canyons and wildlife including guanacos and flamingos. This is a great region for self-drive options…talk to a Contours Travel specialist about creating a tailor-made package today!

Highlights

  • Explore the otherworldly landscape of Moon Valley including rock formations such as the Worm, Bocce Court and the Submarine
  • See evidence of the incredible fossil record of this region at the Palaeontological Museum
  • Drive through magnificent canyons in Talampaya, created by thousands of years of erosion
  • During the summer months you have the chance to see flamingos feasting at Brava Lagoon
  • Look out for herds of guanacos as you drive through Talampaya National Park

ITINERARY

Day 1 San Juan

Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon tour of the city including the Cathedral and the Museum of Urban Memory with its seismic simulator.

Day 2 San Juan /Villa Union

Full-day tour visiting Ischigualasto Park, also known as Moon Valley due to its otherworldly appearance. See landforms such as the Worm, Bocce Court and the Submarine. Visit the Palaeontological Museum to see some of most important fossils found in the park.

Day 3 Villa Union

Depart for the spectacular Quebrada de la Troya where you’ll see incredible rock formations created by millions of years of erosion. Continue through the Quebrada de Peñon and ascend to Brava Lagoon, located at 4,350m. During the summer months you’ll see magnificent pink flamingos feasting on the lake’s plankton. Picnic lunch and return to Villa Union.

Day 4 Villa Union

Enjoy a full-day tour to the stunning Talampaya National Park, with its deep red desert earth and resident guanacos. A drive through the Talampaya Canyon reveals formations such as the Cathedral, the Tower and the Monk. Return to Villa Union and transfer to La Rioja Airport.

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