Ciudad Perdida & Cañón Arco Iris

Catamarca & La Rioja

In Parque Nacional Talampaya, accessed from the road 14km before reaching the main park entrance, these impressive formations are visited via guided 4WD tours, which wait to fill before departure (AR$300 to AR$500; three to four hours).

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Nearby Catamarca & La Rioja attractions

1. Cañón de Talampaya


The focus of a visit to Parque Nacional Talampaya is this spectacular, (usually) dry watercourse bounded by sheer sandstone cliffs. Condors soar on…

2. Sendero Triásico

14.06 MILES

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

3. Parque Nacional Talampaya

15.02 MILES

The spectacular rock formations and canyons of this dusty desert national park are evidence of the erosive creativity of water. The sandstone cliffs are…

4. Parque Provincial Ischigualasto

21.05 MILES

A spectacular, if desolate, landscape of otherworldly rock formations, dinosaur remains and sedimentary mountain ranges. Drivers join convoys on slow…