Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
20Trip End Dec 13, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hostel Campo Base- Valle de la Luna
Posada Hotel- Valle de la Luna
Triasico Hostel- San Juan
What I did
Ischigualasto National Park
Despite a few false leads, we found out that the park was just north of a town called San Juan. From there we didn't have a clue how to get to the park. We arrived in San Juan late the night after our wine tour in Mendoza. I had booked a hostel with marginal ratings but at least it wasn't the place next door known to have bed bugs. The rooms were a little small and the bread was a little stale but turns out Triasico Hostel wasn't that bad. We still couldn't find much information on Talampya but with some pointing and broken Spanish we made it on a bus heading to the tiny town of San Agustin de Valle Fertil.
Finally we were off the beaten path
We arrived in Valle Fertil to find that the hostels were a little on the shady side and the tours to the national parks were extremely expensive. We spent the first night at Campo Base, and despite the friendly fellow at the front desk, we decided to move because of the owner who was a bit creepy and very pushy. We splurged and moved to Posada Hotel where we had access to a lovely pool and our own room with a hot shower and TV!
We booked a tour to visit both Ischigualasto National Park and Talampaya National Park in one day. As promised our tour van arrived early in the morning and we set off to visit Ischigualasto. Although we saw some cool desert country, Ischigualasto is one of those places where the three pictures on the park billboard were pretty much the only cool places in the park. Although it was still beautiful, it wasn't really worth the money. We were excited though to drive the 70 km to Talampaya and see some real canyon lands.
Predictably, our tour bus broke down in the parking lot of Ischigualasto and we spent the next three hours trying to push start the van. Wahwah by the time the van started up it was too late to go to Talampaya. We were offered a tour for the next morning, but we had a bus to meet. Sorry Jessie. All that research and money and you didn't get to see your park :(