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Ischigualasto Provincial Park (Paque provincial de
Ischigualasto Provincial Park is situated
202 mi (325 km) Northeast of San Juan and covers an
area of 603.7 km2 (233 sq mi).
Ischigualasto Provincial Park
for its picturesque and unique rock formations.
Location: 202 mi (325 km) Northeast of San Juan
Ischigualasto Provincial Park is one of the most visited
and most popular natural reserves in the province of San Juan. Its
unique moon like landscape draws thousands of tourists from the
country and abroad. In fact part of Ischigualasto Provincial Park is
called Valle de la Luna or the Moon Valley that lies at an altitude
of 1300 meters above sea level. It is inhabited by desert or semi-
desert plants, low shrubs, grasses and low- growing free standing
trees. Its unique landscape and geological formations is the reason
it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In addition to its picturesque landscapes this part
of Ischigualasto Provincial Park is famous among paleontologists as
a treasure trove of fossils that date back to the Triassic period
around 230 million years ago. Paleontological expedition to Ischigualasto
Provincial Park discovered fossils of complete skeletons of various
early dinosaurs, including the remains of one the most ancient
lizards- eoraptor. The first significant discovery of the remains of
prehistoric animals was made over 60 years ago and the place is
still full of suprises.
Another popular location within
Ischigualasto Provincial Park is a strange geological formation that
resemble field covered by stone balls of near perfect round shape.
Strong winds are able to move boulders that fell from the nearby
mountain cliffs. They were rolled over long distances shaping it
into a perfect sphere.