Parque Nacional Talampaya

Parque Nacional Talampaya, Villa Union: Hours, Address, Parque Nacional Talampaya Reviews: 4.5/5

Parque Nacional Talampaya
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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tim252
Salisbury, UK619 contributions
Jan 2020
There is a strange system whereby you pay 400 pesos to enter the park but this does not actually get you anything. You then have to book a tour at an additional cost.
Do not let this put you off as the visit is really good with fantastic geology and land forms.

After our tour we had lunch in the park restaurant and it was very good and excellent value.

Do not miss a chance to visit Talampaya, it is worth a long journey.
Written January 28, 2020
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HELEN K
Lochmaben, UK95 contributions
Jan 2020
We didn’t do the excursion into the park itself but drove through it on our way south, ok drive but sen better scenery
Written January 19, 2020
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Marcy S
Calgary, Canada25 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
While the scenery may be grand, we didn’t like being herded around like cattle or the price of admission. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing something that interests you but you can’t stop, take pictures or anything. Was it worth it? If you are coming from Mendoza you will probably love it, but if you are coming from the north and have seen Quebrada de las Flechas or Quebrada de los Conches you may not be so impressed. Also, if you speak English you won’t get much out of the guide. A few tips: 1) sit near the front of the bus or you are in for one bumpy ride. 2) If you are into photography the 9:00am trip will not have enough light for the “cathedral” but there are fewer people. The 10:00am trip has better light.
Written December 14, 2019
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Cristina B
Santa Fe, Argentina3 contributions
Nov 2019
Fantastic views!! the moon light tour was phenomenal! Dinner at the restaurant was very good and the wine excellent!!
Written December 3, 2019
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menonrina
Peterborough, UK142 contributions
Nov 2019
If you are planning to visit Talampaya (Parque Nacional Talampaya, route 76), its 50 km from Villa Union. Would recommend popping into town and booking the 10:15 overland truck (called 4x4). It takes around 25 people and costs 2170 peso per person. This includes the park fees – you will get white wine, water, iced tea, olives, something to eat and sparkling white wine. The guide will only speak in English, but the Argentinians are more than happy to translate into English for you. It’s a great 4 hr ride. Take a sun hat, long sleeve shirt and walking trousers and good shoes as the sun is very very hot. Good photo opportunities.
Written December 1, 2019
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Kristof D
Leuven, Belgium10 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
We visited both valle the luna and talampaya. We were very disappointed in the latter. The park is ridiculously overpriced (entrance fee = 400$ and obligatory guided excutsions range from 800-1200$). Unfortunately you get no good service in return for this exuberant price. The staff only speaks spanish and is not very friendly. You can only pay in cash (a bummer since 4000$ is the limit to withdraw money in most ATMs). The guides don't speak any English either. Do if you do not speak Spanish, you end up none the wiser during the tour.
We speak some Spanish and were told there were 3 options. You could visit the the talampaya canyon or some beautiful irregular rock formations as an individual excursion (800$ pp each) or combine the 2 (1000$ pp). The 3rd option was to do a bigger tour for 1200$ pp with some extra sights. Transport would be in mini buses. We chose the combination of the canyon and the formations. It turned out we were booked on a trekking tour and had to walk 3 hours on mid day in the blazing sun. I have a sun allergy and this meant I had to sit half of the tour waiting in the shade for my group to return...

In summary: yes it is pretty, but not worth the hassle and the price. My advise, focus on valle de la luna where you have a guided tour with your own vehicle in a very similar but even more varied lanscape for 450$ pp all inclusive!
Written September 24, 2019
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Caro V
7 contributions
Apr 2019
The best time to visit Talampaya is in the morning. We bought the Overland ticket which is q bit pricey but great!

This big truck has a rooftop where you can have 360 views! Unfortunately you don’t spend all the time there, it’s just one part of the visit, the rest is inside of it. Nevertheless, it’s a great experience overall! We took the first slot which was at 10 am, needed to be at the park 30 min earlier.

Our guide didn’t speak in English and there was a dutch couple who did not really understand all the explanation the guide offered to the rest of us. That’s a real shame i have to say. We manage to translate them the main and more important facts.

Visit Talampaya in the morning to take advantage of the sun orientation to have a better sunlight!

If you still have time on the day, drive along Cuesta de Miranda, beautiful as well!
Written April 10, 2019
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Nemone
Fribourg, Switzerland63 contributions
Mar 2019
Yes, it’s overpriced, and it’s a shame if the price deters people to visit this amazingly beautiful park. We arrived just after 1.30 pm, so we missed the cheaper tour and had to go on the 2.30 pm tour on a 4x4 bus with the roof terrace. It was great to be able to take pictures and videos while the bus drove in the canyon, but it only lasted for like 45 minutes on the 3,5 hours tour! I don’t understand why we had to go back inside for the drive to the last view point, such a shame.
They also provide you with a drink and nibbles and while it was cool to sip white wine in the canyon, I would have preferred for the tour to be shorter (and cheaper!) without this luxury.
Finally the last disappointment was our guide, who didn’t give much information about the geology of the place, but mostly pointed out flowers and plants, which can be interesting, but when you’re in such an incredible place, you want to know more about how it was made! We also were the only non native Spanish speakers and he made absolutely no effort to articulate or use less familiar words, even when I asked him several times to repeat or explain something again that I didn’t catch.
Compared with Ischigualasto Park, which is cheaper and has much better guides, Talampaya was a bit of a disappointment, even if I found the landscapes more impressive. Such a shame that it’s a privately-run park, I wish the government would take back control over it.
Written March 20, 2019
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Paulina E
Buenos Aires, Argentina64 contributions
Mar 2019
I had high expectations visiting this place, and it definitely didn't disappoint me! It's a half day tour (3hs max) in a bus with an experienced and local guide in spanish. You can book your tour in advance online. There's a restaurante on premises and toilettes. Be aware of the heat and bring a hat and sunscreen!
Written March 12, 2019
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IsaAndre
9 de julio6 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Really nice to go, first day we went to “cañón arcoíris” and “ciudad perdida” this was amazing! A lovely walk where you can watch and learn about geology and history. Very good tourist guide.
The second day we did Cañón de Talampaya in movitruck. It was amazing too. In this case you practically don’t walk. You just go in this truck and stops at different a point to take pictures.
For children is a good plan in two days.
Written February 15, 2019
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Parque Nacional Talampaya is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM