Talampaya National Park
Talampaya National Park is located at the low hills of the western region of the province of La Rioja, featuring remarkable erosive processes that form erect and high cliffs and canyons, like the one of the Talampaya river and those that can be seen at Los Cajones. Besides, there are many zones almost lacking from vegetation, called “huayquerías”, where fleshy herbs like the "verdolaga" grow.
The vegetation consists of bushes, very rare and scrubby. Among the characteristic vegetation of these deserts is the “retamo” practically without leaves, that makes photosynthesis through its green stems; the “jarillas” of brilliant and resinous foliage; the "brea” a little tree of plain and green bark with nice aspect and full of yellow flowers in spring; and "la chica" an endemic little tree of La Rioja, San Juan and San Luis.
Its fauna features some specimen that can be frequently observed. Gray fox, black legged seriema and the purple calandra are common in this area. The big red walls are used by many birds of prey like the Andean condor, the buzzard eagle and the pilgrim falcon; they also host the chinchillón (the chinchilla of the Andes).
Talampaya National Park invites to a passionate trip by arid and reddish lands in an unforgettable landscape.