BARREAL, ISCHIGUALASTO & TALAMPAYA








ISCHIGUALASTO, TALAMPAYA & LEONCITO – 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1 – 232 km:

Departure from your hotel in Mendoza, passing by the famous Malbec vineyards of Luján de Cuyo, and heading west into the Andes, using a part of the Pan-American Way. The foothills of the Andes turn into the first range of mountains (Precordillera), with nice views of the Potrerillos Lake. After crossing the colorful Mendoza River Canyon, we reach Uspallata, a small Village surrounded by mountains. We continue up to Barreal, a small agricultural Oasis in San Juan. This place has one of the clearest skies in the World, reason for having 2 observatories. One of them will be visited (during day only). The big attraction is the “Barreal Blanco”, a dried lagoon, nowadays a wide flat surface, ideal for wind cars.

Important note: Check in advance to hire “Windcars”. Optional actitivity – not included in the price.

Overnight Hotel La Querencia. www.laquerenciaposada.com.ar

Day 2 - 437 km:

After breakfast we continue our way with the mountains as the only whiteness. At midday, there is time to stop at Iglesia to have lunch at the Trout farm (not included). Afterwards, we continue our way passing through the “Cuesta del Viento” lake, and the Huaco slope. In the afternoon, arrival at Villa Union, where the main attraction is the local “chivito”, grilled goat. Overnight  at Villa Union.

Overnight Hotel Cañon de Talampaya. www.hotelcanontalampaya.com/

Day 3:

Full day visiting the Unesco World Heritage Parks Ischigualasto and Talampaya.

We invite you to a travel back to the past to the dinosaur time during the Triasic period: discover the Moon Valley and the Talampaya Park

These two contiguous parks, extending over 275,300 ha in the desert region on the western border of the Sierra Pampeanas of central Argentina, contain the most complete continental fossil record known from the Triassic Period (245-208 million years ago). Six geological formations in the parks contain fossils of a wide range of ancestors of mammals, dinosaurs and plants revealing the evolution of vertebrates and the nature of palaeo-environments in the Triassic Period.

Talampaya Canyon is the main tourist attraction in Talampaya National Park, receiving over 60,000 visitors every year. The 150-metre high reddish walls and the various geomorphologies (the Monk, the Tower, etc) make it a one-of-kind natural show, as well as the astonishing rock engravings called petro glyphs.

Ischigualasto is known as “Valle de la Luna”, literary, “The Moon Valley”. The name is given because of the extremely arid landscape, slowly drawn by rain and wind over millions of year. The whim of nature created wonderful rock formations such as The Worm, The Sphinx, The Mushroom, The Submarine and The Bowling Court.

Overnight Hotel Cañon de Talampaya. www.hotelcanontalampaya.com/

Day 4:

After breakfast, departure.  Trip back to Mendoza. End of our services

General Conditions:Includes private transportation and English speaking guide (or not, depending if mentioned) for the described itinerary, entrance fee and tours at Talapaya & Ischigualasto, lodging in SGL rooms at the mentioned hotels, including breakfast and taxes. Fuel and lodging for staff already included.  This is just a quote, hotels are subject to availability. To book the tour, 30% of the total amount must be paid by credit card or Paypal. The balance has to be paid before departure, either cash or credit card.