Parque Provincial Ischigualasto

Mendoza & the Central Andes

A spectacular, if desolate, landscape of otherworldly rock formations, dinosaur remains and sedimentary mountain ranges. Drivers join convoys on slow-motion tours through the desert valley and canyons of sandstone, clay and volcanic ash. Mountain biking and short treks are also possibilities. There's a small visitor's center with a cafe and campground. Extremely isolated, it involves some dedication to get here; most visitors come from San Augustín de Valle Fertil or San Juan.

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Nearby Mendoza & the Central Andes attractions

1. Parque Nacional Talampaya

10.12 MILES

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2. Sendero Triásico

12.09 MILES

This 'Triassic' path takes you past life-size replicas of dinosaurs whose fossilized remains have been found in the Talampaya area.

3. Cañón de Talampaya

15.6 MILES

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4. Ciudad Perdida & Cañón Arco Iris

21.05 MILES

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