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Talampaya National Park
Talampaya National Park is
situated 135 mi (216 km) Southwest of La Rioja, La Rioja Province in
Argentina. Talampaya National Park covers an area of
In 2000 it was added to UNESCO World Heritage Site.
135 mi (216 km)
Southwest of La Rioja, La Rioja Province
National Park was created to protect biosphere of the region as well as
archaeological and paleontological sites that dot the area.
Numerous rocks in this area are covered by the
depictions of people, animals and abstract shapes.
One of the most
visited historic sites in Talampaya National Park in so called the Lost City. It is
a group of natural boulders with ancient petroglyphs of native tribes.
Additionally several ruins of ancient dwellings and human burials
indicate that this region was a permanent settlement.
this is not the only interesting find in the region. Palaeontologists
discovered remains of ancient turtles and dinosaurs in the dry riverbed of Talampaya. Some
of the fossils date back to 210 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the
Earth. Administration of Talampaya National Park restricted access to
ancient settlement so the only way to get there is by taking a local guide.
Take plenty of water and something to protect your skin. Sun can be quiet
unforgiving here. Local souvenirs shops sell souvenirs and pictures of the
ancient rock art.
Local botanical garden of
Talampaya National Park offers tourists a
chance to see some of the most unique representative of fauna in the
region. Additionaly the entrance to the protected bioreserve is
notable for tourist information center. Here you can get information
how to "The Lost City" and the bed of the river Talampay. Numerous
shops offer souvenirs with images of petroglyphs and rock paintings.