The best attractions of Ischigualasto

Ischigualasto National Park en.wikipedia.org

Ischigualasto National Park ©en.wikipedia.org

The wonderful Ischigualasto National Park can be found in the province of San Juan, in the north-western part of the country. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Occupying a surface of about 600 km², the park is well-known for the dinosaur remains found on its grounds and the Triassic deposits dominating the landscape. Visiting the national park is with no doubt one of the greatest experiences that Argentina can offer. If you are planning a trip to this spectacular country, I suggest you not to miss the national park. If you would like to find out which are the best attractions of Ischigualasto, read the following article.

Introduction

As I already mentioned it, the park lies on a surface of about 600 km² in the province of San Juan. Including a part of the Pampean Hills, the landscapes are dominated by deserts. This amazing World Heritage Site is famous for housing amazing rock formations, Triassic deposits and numerous dinosaur remains. The dinosaur remains are internationally famous and significant due to the level of preservation and their number. The amazing national park is extremely popular among visitors. A visit to Ischigualasto is with no doubt an unforgettable experience.

Ischigualasto National Park en.wikipedia.org

Ischigualasto National Park ©en.wikipedia.org

Dinosaurs

There are numerous complete or incomplete dinosaur skeletons. The species of which remains can be found on the ground of the amazing national park are the following: Eoraptor, Chromagisaurus, Panphagia, Eodromaeus, Pisanosaurus, Sanjuansaurus and so on. The opportunity of admiring the skeletons of these dinosaurs is undoubtedly a memorable experience, especially for children and nature-lovers.

Paleontology

Not only the dinosaur remains, but the rock formations and the Triassic deposits are also astonishing and attractive. One of the highlights of the park is the Valley of the moon which is the name of the park’s arid badlands. The area used to be a volcanically active plain crossed by rivers. The actual look of the badland resembles to the surface of the moon of which it got its name. There are numerous amazing formations on the grounds of the park, including “The Worm”, “The Sphinx”, “The Mushroom”, “The Submarine” “The Bowling Field”, the “Red Ravines” and so on. The park is considered one of the world’s most significant paleontological sites.

“The Bowling Field” PabloBD/Flickr

“The Bowling Field” ©PabloBD/Flickr

Visiting Ischigualasto

The landscape of the Ischigualasto National Park is breathtaking and unique. Tourists come to visit the park from all around the world, being attracted by the several dinosaur skeletons, petrified tree, rock formations and Triassic deposits. The pre-historic heritage of the national park is simply astonishing. A visit to Ischigualasto makes a memorable journey. There is also an Interpretation Center in the park which presents the visitors the evolution of the park’s landscapes and includes different dinosaur remains, including the world’s most primitive one, the Herrerasaurus Ischigualestensis.

Ischigualasto landscape en.wikipedia.org

Ischigualasto landscape ©en.wikipedia.org

 

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