Classic San Juan & La Rioja

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Highlights of Classic San Juan & La Rioja - Talampaya National Park And Moon Valley

If you are traveling through Argentina, you can not miss the San Juan and La Rioja Classic package, you will visit unique destinations outside the conventional itineraries, places that amaze qith their unusual formations and characteristics of the soil. 

The astonishment of the place and its importance for the study of the archaeological and paleontological sites caused, in the year 2000, its declaration as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.This is how it was created the Ischigualasto/Talampaya Natural Parks.

Ischigualasto Provincial Park is unique in the world for its continental Triassic sediments: ash; white, gray, red and vermillion-colored rocks that contain reptile and dinosaur fossils. It has an area of 2916 hectares and is located north of the province of San Juan. 
Its geoforms of curious shapes (El Submarino, El Hongo, La Cancha de Bochas) and the remains of the oldest dinosaur are some of the attractions of this site, which is also known as "Valley of the Moon", thanks to its resemblance to the surface of the satellite. 

Talampaya Park occupies an area of approximately 215,000 hectares located in the south of the province of La Rioja. Inside it has vestiges of what life was like in this place millions years ago. Its reddish and brown colors manage to transport us to another world in which dinosaurs and other extinct species once reigned.
The Talampaya Canyon is the most important and impressive attraction of the National Park thanks to its imposing reddish walls of 150 meters, diverse geoforms (El Monje, La Torre, etc), and magnificent cave manifestations called petroglyphs.

In addition to these excellent excursions, the package also includes 3 nights accommodation and transfers from San Juan airport. 
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San Juan Airport
San Juan Airport
4 Days
* Accommodation in standard room for selected hotel with breakfast included.
* Tours and transfers as specified in itinerary
* Taxes
* Flights
* National Parks Fees.
*Talampaya internal circuits fee
* Extras, Meals and Others NOT Specified in itinerary.
* Personal expenses
Small backpack.
Comfortable shoes and clothes.
Lunch (you can bring a meal or have one in the park`s restaurant).
Money for extra expenses.

La Rioja (AR) - San Juan (AR)
Not valid for special dates such as New Year´s Eve, Carnival, Holy Week.
Rates subject to change without prior notice.-

Details of Travel Packages

DAY 1 - 
Arrival to San Juan
Transfer from the airport/bus terminal to the Hotel.

Night in San Juan

DAY 2 -
Ischigualasto Park - Valle de la Luna
We will leave from the selected hotels in San Juan from 7 Hrs, and we will travel on National Tourist Route 150 to reach the Ischigualasto Park, or "Valley of the Moon". Together with park guides and in our vehicles we will travel 4 hours of the internal circuit.

The circuit covers about 40 km and has 5 stations, where the most important geoforms are visited, receiving the explanation and interpretation of them by the guides, whose assistance is essential to interpret the signs that nature has left here over more than two hundred million years.

The stations to visit are:
- "The Worm": is the oldest part of the circuit, with rocks over 200 million years old where, among other things, fossilized ferns can be seen with the naked eye.
- "Valle Pintado": Because of its similarity with a lunar landscape, it was once named the Valley of the Moon, a term that extended to the entire area. This is where the vast majority of remains and fossils that are known in the area have been found.
- Cancha de Bochas: a place where, naturally, without the intervention of human hands, dozens of spherical rocks are found that acquired this shape through a prolonged sedimentation process. On the way to this station, we can also appreciate The Sphinx, another geoform known for its similarity to the Sphinx of Egypt.
- The Submarine: is located in the highest part of the park where, in addition to explicitly showing the effect of differential erosion in its shape, an exceptional panoramic view of the Barrancas Coloradas and the Hill is obtained Purple.
- El Hongo: is the most widespread image not only of Ischigualasto park but also of the province of San Juan, becoming a representative icon of tourism in San Juan. Here you can also see very clearly the effects of differential erosion that worn the softer rock at the base of the geoform more, than the harder rock that remains "balancing" on the top.

At the end of the tour, we will visit the Interpretation Center and Museum of Natural Sciences, installed at the entrance to the Park. There are exhibited parts of the paleontological pieces found on the site and its importance is exposed. We will also receive the explanation of the guides about how research, tracking, fossil recovery, and dinosaur assembly are developed. Return to the city of San Juan in the evening hours

Night in San Juan

DAY 3 - 
Talampaya National Park
We will leave from our selected hotels in the city of San Juan at approximately 7 AM. We will start the tour going north of the province through the famous Route 40, crossing the San Juan River and taking Tourist Route 150 at the height of the town of Albardón. We will continue until we reach the limit of San Juan with La Rioja, and then we will take Route 76 to the Talampaya National Park.

Here, we will continue our journey according to the circuit chosen to perform. The options to choose are:
Circuit N ° 1: Talampaya Canyon Experience
We will make the excursion in comfortable and modern vehicles, following the channel of the Dry Talampaya River and through the Canyon that bears the same name. We can go down for small walks to interact with this impressive place, in 4 different stations: Petroglyphs, Botanical Garden, Gothic Cathedral and El Monje. On this 3-hour tour in combi or minibus, we can Know the irregularity of the 150 meter high walls that open and close at every step, wrapping us in a dreamlike atmosphere.

Circuit N° 2:4x4 experience at the Talampaya Canyon and Shimpa Canyon
This excursion is more complete since in addition to the 4 previous stations we will be touring the Shimpa Canyon, an atypical place populated with carob trees. This excursion is done in special 4x4 with all comfort and large windows to not miss any detail. It lasts 4 hours, and we can also enjoy a catering service in a spectacular setting.

Once the chosen circuit is finished, we will return to the city of San Juan to which we will arrive at approximately 9 pm.

*The circuits in Talampaya Park are privates and the fee is not included in the price of the package.

Night in San Juan

DAY 4 - 
San Juan
Transfer to the airport/bus terminal.

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Rates of Classic San Juan & La Rioja - Talampaya National Park And Moon Valley in San Juan

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San Juan

1: Transfer From Airport To Hotel In Downtown San Juan
1: Accommodation at your choice In San Juan (3 nights)
2: Moon Valley
3: Talampaya National Park
4: Transfer From Hotel In Downtown San Juan To Airport
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