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Ischigualasto and Talampaya are a date with history and adventure. Two beautiful natural scenarios where water, wind and sun have been working for the last 200 million years and left their fantastic and mysterious footprints. Lands that had been domain of giants. Million of years before Sarmiento or Quiroga, unitaries or federals, civilization or underdevelopment, San Juan and La Rioja were dominated by dinosaurs. These deserts were also inhabited by originary cultures, protected by the majestic condor. These lands give testimony of all of them.
The airports “Domingo Faustino Sarmiento” in San Juan and “Capitán Vicente Almandos Almonacid” in La Rioja receive local flights, mainly from Buenos Aires City. In the case of San Juan, flights are operated by Aerolíneas Argentinas-Austral Líneas Aéreas and Lan Argentina airlines. La Rioja is only serviced by Austral.
San Juan’s airport is located in Las Chacritas (on Km N° 12 of National Route N° 20) at 9 miles from the provincial capital. La Rioja’s airport, on Provincial Access Road N° 5, is at 3 miles from the provincial capital.
The province of San Juan belongs to the Cuyo region and La Rioja, to the Northern region. San Juan limits to the North and East with La Rioja, to the Southeast with San Luis and to the South with Mendoza. La Rioja limits to the North with Catamarca; to the East with Córdoba and to the South with San Luis. Both provinces limit with Chile to the West.
From San Juan and La Rioja capital cities depart bus services to the interior of the provinces. In San Juan, the base departure point to Ischigualasto is the little town of San Agustín del Valle Fértil. And, in La Rioja, tours to Talampaya and Laguna Brava can be hired at Villa Unión.
At the provincial capitals it is also possible to rent vehicles. Routes are mostly pavemented, but there are some paved parts. In rain season –during summer- roads may be interrupted due to the rise of rivers and streams. Close to the Mountain Range, conditions can be extreme and, therefore, there is no roadside mechanical assistance avaliable.
Border Paths (open to tourists)
> Agua Negra International Path
At 15,680 f.a.s.l., it is the highest border path in Argentina. Located at the Department of Iglesia, it connects with Región IV in Chile and it is open only in summer (December to April)
> Pircas Negras International Path
It communicates the Department of Vinchina (La Rioja) with Paraje Los Loros (Chile). At 13,480 f.a.s.l., it is a deserted border, with no water or vegetation in the nearby.