Sierra de las Quijadas National Park
Sierra de las Quijadas National Park is part of the Tentative list of Argentina in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List. It is a proposed extension of Ischigualasto / Talampaya WHS.
Sierra de las Quijadas National Park has a long sequence of sedimentary rocks of the red bed type. Also important paleontological findings of macro and microfossils (including footprints) have been made here. Geological units include the El Jume Formation (sandstones and claystones deposited in a fluvial environment) and Lagarcito Formation (a 100-million-year-old freshwater lake paleoenvironment).
Map of Sierra de las Quijadas National ParkLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
This place is quite far from the main tourist routes in Argentina, but our route ran from Cordoba to Mendoza and the park was practically on the way. So we decided to enter and we absolutely did not regret this decision. I don't think you can get there by any other means of transport than your own car, because the park itself is in a remote area - the nearest larger towns are 100 km away. After entering the park you have to travel a dozen or so kilometers along the dirt road and you have to do it with your own transport, because the park does not offer it. Admission to the park is free, only some guided tours are paid. But free trekking routes are enough to admire the beauty of this place. The park itself is somewhat reminiscent of Ischigualasto, although the rock formations are slightly different. It is also much less frequented. For us, the biggest plus was the opportunity to see the condors, which we didn't see in Ischigualasto. Archaeological works are also underway in the park and one of the sites can be admired along the way, but the remains are not particularly spectacular. It is difficult to say whether the park is different enough from Ischigualasto / Talampaya to justify a separate entry on the list. Certainly, however, from a tourist's point of view it is a place worth seeing.
2005 Added to Tentative List
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