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Provincial park Talampaya
Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

 

 

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

Parque Provincial Talampaya

 

The park possesses extraordinary natural, archaeological and paleontological reservations, recognized worldwide.

From the city of The Rioja , for the Route Nac. Nº 38 until Patquía, continuing for the Route Nº 150, for finally to take the Route Nº 26. They are 230 kilometers in total.

 

From the city of The Rioja , for the Route Nac. Nº 38 until Patquía, continuing for the Route Nº 150, for finally to take the Route Nº 26. They are 230 kilometers in total that will take it to the door of the Provincial Park Talampaya.

 

Located next to the Valley of the Moon of San Juan's County and declared in the year 2000 by the UNESCO like Natural Patrimony of the Humanity, Talampaya is a park that has a high grade of value for its archaeological and paleontological wealth where the visitor, with some imagination, can dream that in this territory riojano the life began. To arrive to this inhospitable region we should travel for the RP N º 26 that it unites Fertile Valley ( San Juan ) with Villa Union (The Rioja), we stray about 15 Kms. approximately to arrive this way to the center of reports of the P. P. Talampaya.

The local guides will guide us on the different circuits that can be carried out. The place has sanitary facilities, a buffet and a free property to make camp, in spite of not having typical facilities of camping site, but that it is advisable to spend one night, if one wants to travel several circuits inside the canyon or if doesn't want to manage after a long day of trip. The National Park Talampaya possesses a canyon where the time has stopped, allowing to show a geography that overcomes us to times of the dinosaurs, where its reddish color in the earth and in its walls makes us remember to the era of the fire. Their carved stones register, like evidence, the first manifestations of the man's appearance.

When trafficking the place it is very probable that we meet with foxes that maraud the place to see if they are able to get some rest of food. Further on that they are not animal domesticated, they are accustomed to the human's presence, that which makes that they are allowed to appreciate at near distance. We will be able to enter to the park with own vehicle (alone if it is a 4x4 or similar), always accompanied by a guide of the park otherwise you can hire the service of a vans pic-up and this way to stop worrying of the handling and to enjoy to full the one traveled of anyone of their circuits. The exits last among 1.30 hs. - the but you cut. and others of to whole day.

 

The door of the canyon

 

Once we leave the position of reports behind we arrive to the door of the Great Canyon . Walls that oscillate among the 80 to 100 mts. of height they surround us for both sides. The guide will indicate us that we are trafficking for the channel of the river Talampaya, river that several centuries ago behind counted with a great flow of water and for consequence with a very wide biodiversity of tropical vegetation and animals of great behavior. Today per today, we meet with some few copies that have survived and they have adapted to this new landscape desértico.

In this region cuises cohabits, vizcachas, armadillos, maras, gumps, pumas, ferrets, together with birds like the condor, caranchos, eaglets, martinetas, choiques and ñandúes; among the reptiles we see small lizards, lizards, snakes and snakes. In rain time a great variety of toads and frogs appear. The typical vegetation of floor arid bill with copies of locusts and diverse types of bushes, almost all thorny and stocky, which dress the reddish floor of Talampaya. Jarrilla, girl, retamo, pichana, chañar, pitch scribble, blue stick, mistol, tusca and espinillos are some of the copies that have adapted and developed in this area.

 

Attractiveness of interest

 

Some of the first attractiveness with those that we will meet are the very visible human manifestations.

In a rock in a horizontal way we will meet with a succession of mortars. Later on we will see indigenous petroglifos. In engravings on vertical slates graphics are dazzled representing animals, signs and similar geometric and human figures to that of the man but with big heads or helmets, giving to think on the appearance of extraterrestrial.

Going into more and more in the dry river will go by big orange walls. We will know this way the "Chimney", vertical canaleta of great height, erosionada and modeled by the water of the rains that fall from the summit. Continuing the road waits for us diverse figures in the walls of the canyon, as "The Headlands" and The King Magician with their camel. With formations in tips simulating Gothic art sees The Cathedral and The Torres. Finishing crossing the canyon already arrives to a column solitary call "the Monk."

Other possible circuits are "The Drawers" and Lost" "City, both of more duration that that of the itinerary until "The Monk." The ideal times to visit this beautiful region of the Argentina are mainly autumn or spring to avoid the extreme temperatures.

 

The Lost city

 

In the National Park Talampaya, maximum pride of the riojanos at geographical level, is Lost City , the most extensive circuit in Talampaya. Its journey, as that of the whole park, is a trip to the beginning of the times. To visit Lost City it is necessary to hire an official guide. The visit can be carried out so much in van 4 x 4 own as in that of the park. From the office of National Parks we leave with our guide retracing the same one on the way to the entrance, until reaching the National Route N º 76. The journey is very short. To the three kilometers we turn to the left for a path of red earth that drives us toward the less well-known depths of Talampaya. The arid road winds for the lonely steppe of this place that makes 225 million years it was a true tropical forest with big lagoons and one nurtured fauna. We travel the dry channel of the river Guabo that forms a true freeway of sand two kilometers long.

costs to believe that there where today rests a dreamy lizard at some time they trafficked the first dinosaurs: in the park the Lagosuchus was discovered Talampayensis, one of the oldest dinosaurs in the planet. To the being a sector little visited of the park, it is very feasible to see exemplary of the local fauna, like a maras couple escaping to the jumps, some fox slipping away after a bush and even whole flocks of gumps that observe us petrified and then they leave to the career when the boss's neigh orders the retreat. It is also possible to meet with the cruel and colorful beauty of a snake coral.

 

A crater of three kilometers

 

In the distance we see the old and reddish geologic formation of The Chapares that is part of the basin of Ischigualasto , declared Patrimony of the Humanity for the UNESCO. After traveling fifteen kilometers without more obstacles for the van through the channel of the river, we park the vehicle to the shade of a locust. The walk begins. At the beginning, anything flame the attention. A brief and monotonous trekking drawing dunes with jarillales denounces that to some few steps waits for us the dazzle. As the road goes in light ascent, it is not possible to obtain a panoramic vision of what we have in front. But when arriving to the highest point an unexpected crater opens up in front of us to the level of the floor whose diameter measures three kilometers, where our looked for Lost City is harbored. To the foot of the mountain expands without rumor an impure stream, hindered by brashes and sand; in the opposed riverbank City of the Immortals glows. This city, maybe dreamt by Borges for their story The Immortal, probably have in common something with Lost City .

Surprised by the unexpected landscape we locate ourselves in a natural mirador to observe the panorama from the border of the crater that truly is a gigantic depression formed by the tectonic movements that took the land down. To our feet it is developed a complex labyrinth of enclosures of sand and fantastic formations that resemble each other to the remains of a city ghost completely destroyed by a rain of meteorites. In their center, Lost City has a basaltic formation of dark color that incredibly form a called almost perfect pyramid Black Mogote. But the labyrinth invites to be discovered, so we descend seventy meters toward its interior for a simple flank of the crater. When crossing these enclosures originated in the period triásico, we have the sensation that in any moment they will arise flying after the murallones a pterodáctilos group. Its labyrinthine plot, of immobile appearance, is knitted and it unweaves to the will of the water and the wind.

 

Through the labyrinth

 

Already inside the mysterious Lost City , we travel their bowels for a series of natural paths that, truly, they are the dry courses of the capricious currents of water that they are formed inside the crater in rain times. They are courses of water so powerful as brief it is their existence, since the sandy land absorbs the flows that enter for the east in the summer and, after deepening the crater, they leave toward the west originating the river The Greens. In spite of their short existence, the courses of water go changing the form of the labyrinth periodically, and they sculpt strangers forms worthy of a kaleidoscope that changes continually. We are in front of a fragile world of sculptures of sand that survives immune to the past, from the time of the dinosaurs. Under the oblique sun of the evening, when they light the red formations in the west, a silent domain allows us to assist with total clarity to the close friends beats of the heart.

The landscape differs enough of the traditional image that one has of Talampaya. To begin, the colors are softer, and the reddish one you rosy restitution. There are also other colors, as certain greenish tones and blancuzcos that prevail in some walls. From the interior of Lost City we never have a panoramic vision of the landscape, what adds their mystery quota and suggestion. After traveling true passageways and of having discovered windows of almost perfect quadrature, The Amphitheater appears toward the Southwest, a hole in the land that measures around a hundred diameter meters and other eighty of depth. This well, formed by the rain and the erosion, hides new and strange irregular formations that are discovered in turn when we lean out to its vertiginous cliff. Finally you descends until a closed canyon called Colored Ravines for where you arrives until a slope of water that it forms a small jump with a thread of water.

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