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“Not interesting at all” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Menhires Provincial Park

Menhires Provincial Park
Tafi del Valle, Argentina
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Outdoors
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Not interesting at all”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Just some rocks standing there, they are not in the original place where they should be and because of that lost their meaning. If you have a lot of free time go there, but it is not something breathtaking at all. The only service they have is bathroom.

Visited June 2012
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“Somewhat neglected but still worthwhile!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

The Menhires National Park is situated 15 km to the East of Tafí del Valle and 107 km from San Miguel de Tucumán.

There are about 50 megaliths belonging to the Tafí Culture, dating from 820 B.C. and 780 A. D.

These stone monuments were – unfortunately – moved several times from their original placement. They have also been severely damaged by weather conditions.
They were first studied by the Italian Naturalist Juan Ambrosetti in 1897.

They are believed to have been some kind of representation of a magic character of the Tafí Culture, perhaps symbolizing fertility due to their phallic disposition.

Some of the Menhires can reach 3 meters and weigh 3 tons. Human faces, animals and amorphous characters are carved on them.

In 1993 the Park was declared National Archaeological Heritage.

The information in the site is good. Do stop to read it! There you can learn some very interesting things, such as that the word “menhir”- from Celtic origin – means “a long stone” or that many menhires faced the east, something that was ignored when they were relocated in its present location. Unfortunately the archaeological site was looted in the past and many pieces are thought to have been removed and illegally taken to other museums, outside Argentina.

Some scholars associate these Megaliths to the famous ones in Easter Island as well as some found near Titicaca Lake in Bolivia.

As many places in Latin America this park is not given the care and importance it deserves. However, despite being a bit neglected, it is worthwhile visiting!

Pictures are allowed, so don’t forget your camera!

Tip: if you read Spanish, check this website: [--]

Visited February 2012
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