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Ischigualasto Provincial Park (Paque provincial de Ischigualasto)


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 is famous for its picturesque and unique rock formations.



Location: 202 mi (325 km) Northeast of San Juan  Map

Area: 603.7 km2 (233 sq mi)

Info: 25 de Mayo y Las Heras, San Juan

(02646) 491 100

Open: museum & park:

Apr- Sep 9am- 4pm

Oct- Mar: 8am- 5pm




Description of  Ischigualasto Provincial Park


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.






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