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Talampaya National Park, Argentina
Talampaya National Park, Argentina
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Ischigualasto and Talampaya are two contiguous national parks in Argentina. They straddle the border between San Juan province and La Rioja province, in the northwestern part of the country. Ischigualasto and Talampaya National Parks are famous for its dinosaur fossils. In 2000, these two national parks were jointly inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee on 27 November to 2 December 2000 in Cairns, Australia.

What to See in Ischigualasto & Talampaya National Parks

Ischigualasto/Talampaya National Parks are most famous for dinosaur bones. They contain the most complete continental fossil record from the Triassic Period (245-208 million years ago). There are six geological formations in these two parks with fossilized remains of mammals, dinosaurs and plantlife that reveal the evolution of vertebrates in the Triassic Period.

In addition to fossils, the national parks are famous for its prehistoric petroglyphs, beautiful rock formations and panoramic landscape.

Photos of Ischigualasto / Talampaya National Parks

Petroglyphs in Ischigualasto National Park, Argentina
Ischigualasto National Park, Argentina
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Ischigualasto National Park, Argentina
Ischigualasto National Park, Argentina
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Petroglyphs in Ischigualasto National Park, Argentina
Rocks in Ischigualasto National Park, Argentina
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Petroglyphs in Talampaya National Park, Argentina
Talampaya National Park, Argentina
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Ischigualasto National Park covers an area of 603.7 square kilometers, the majority of it on Valle Fértil Department, with a small portion on Jachal Department, both in San Juan province, at an elevation of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) above mean sea level.

Talampaya National Park is located on the east and centre of La Rioja Province. Located in a basin between the Cerro Los Colorados mountains to the west, and the Sierra de Sañagasta mountains to the east, Talampaya National Park covers an area of 2,150 square kilometers, at an altitude of 1,500 meters above mean sea level.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S30 0 0 W68 0 0
Inscription Year: 2000
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VIII

Location Map

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Visiting this Site

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. You should find your accommodation in Buenos Aires, and then get your hotel to help you make arrangements for visiting the sights in Argentina. I recommend that you base yourself in Buenos Aires rather than a smaller Argentine city, as you will have more options here. There will be plenty of tour packages to choose from, according to the amount of time you have in your hands.

Here's a comprehensive list of Hotels in Buenos Aires with online booking facilities. Booking is provided by HostelBookers, so there is no booking fee involved.

Getting there

You should reach it via the cities of San Juan or La Rioja.

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Argentina Local Tours

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