Day 1: Mendoza/Villa Unión (La Rioja) – 677 km (B) – Hotel Cañon de Talampaya

Departure is early in the morning. Pick up from your hotel in Mendoza. Past San Juan City and heat to Ischigualasto Provincial Park. During the way, we visit“Difunta Correa” sanctuary, an important mythical figure in folk-religion, for which people feel a great devotion, and which has spread all over the country and Chile.

These two contiguous parks (Talampaya & Ischigualasto), 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. No other place in the world has a fossil record comparable to that of Ischigualasto-Talampaya which reveals the evolution of vertebrate life and the nature of palaeoenvironments in the Triassic Period. Since year 2000, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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 years. The whim of nature created wonderful rock formations such as The Worm, The Sphinx, The Mushroom, The Submarine and The Bowling Court.

Arrival and overnight in Villa Union.

Day 2: Villa Unión / La Rioja – Mendoza 270 km (B/D)

Departure from the Hotel to visit the Talampaya National Park.

Talampaya Canyonis 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.

After visiting the Park, we drive back to Mendoza. End of our services.

Villa Union: Cañon de Talampaya, 4*, 01 night

At Cañón de Talampaya Hotel, every bedroom was carefully designed to give you a relaxing time, combining a country style with modern traits. Our 28 spacious rooms are meant to help you enjoy the mountain environment. The hotel restaurant offers an appealing menu including regional, vegetarian and classical dishes, as well as the best breakfast options. It is strategically located to enjoy the attractions in the area.

General Conditions:Includes private transportation and English speaking guide (or not, depending if mentioned) for the described itinerary, 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.

NOT INCLUDED: entrance fee and tours at Talapaya & Ischigualasto. Neither meals nor mineral water. Anything else not mentioned on the itinerary is not included.