Ischigualasto Provincial Natural Park is located in the northeast of the province of San Juan, 330 km from the capital city, in the departments of Valle Fértil and Jáchal.
Popularly known as “Valle de la Luna” (Moon Valley), this fascinatingly strange place occupies some 62,000 hectares and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since November 30, 2000.
Its importance lies in the scientific value of the paleontological findings made at the place, where there is an almost complete sequence of the Triassic Period (upper – middle and lower) of the Mesozoic Era. To walk across Ischigualasto means to set your feet on the same paths where the dinosaurs walked 180 million years ago. The lunar-like terrain and the curious geo-forms sculpted by water, sun and wind on the rocks over millions of years, make this look like a place from another planet. Visiting it allows you to spy on the evolution of the Earth.
The small portion of the park accessible for tourists offers visitors several circuits where it is possible to see the most famous geo-forms of this site such as the Mushroom, the Submarine, the Bochas Court and Valle Pintado. It is also possible to observe real fossils. Tours during full moon nights are not to be missed.
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