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Things to do in San Juan

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The top 34 attractions in San Juan

Nature Reserves in San Juan
Ischigualasto Provincial Park
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Valley of the Moon ... Go back to the time of "eras" and "periods," and enter the world of the Triassic, the first period of the Mesozoic Era. Just as we hold on to your childhood treasures, Ischigualasto has held on to memories of those times. Millions of years later, the movements and collisions of the tectonic plates has opened that which was once covered my thousands of feet of young rock, essentially opening a chest of memories. The Ischigualasto Basin tells the story of what happened at a unique time on Earth. No one could imagine that a huge lake surrounded by lush vegetation and thriving animals would one day turn into a desert with low rainfall, strong winds, and high temperatures. Fortunately, not everything has disappeared, and we can trace the footsteps of our ancestors step by step. Fossils of plant and animal life fill the ground and let us study the origin of life on this planet.
Deserts in San Juan
San Juan
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Personally, I love the outdoors and all kinds of outdoor experiences ... That's why I really enjoy these old places hidden among longer-traveled routes and mountains, trees and rivers trying to return to their natural course, fighting against man and modern times. This place is just like that ... It's the old road leading to Calingasta ... And there is much to discover in the surrounding areas, many places to walk to.
Historical Monuments in San Juan
'LaDifunta Correa' Sanctuary
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Like a mirage on the road, this place is the sanctuary of the Deceased Correa and to stop is unavoidable. The Sanjuanino sun scratches any surface and the air is oily and quiet. Burning, everything is burning. The slowness of trucks arriving or leaving after having a languid lunch at noon, there is total silence. I climbed the stairs from the walkway to the top of the monument very slowly, absolutely shocked by the amount of offerings. The silence becomes a whisper. The whisper increases with each step, wherever I look. The path to the top is a choir, a song, a prayer of faith dedicated to the Deceased, profane holy, Correa.
Lakes in San Juan
Ullum Lake - San Juan
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The lake formed by the Ullum resevoir offers beautiful views, the water is green and contrasts with the blue sky and the red mountains. At the bottom of the lake you can see green areas, these areas are called deferrals, the name comes from "deferred" and it refers to the lands that have tax benefits for 10 years, deferred taxes for those who undertake agricultural projects. The water is channeled from the lake in order to make the land fertile, what was once desert is just now becoming green and productive land.
Villages in San Juan
San Agustin del Valle Fértil
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St. Augustine is the last village before you reach the Ischigualasto National Park and it is almost obligatory to stop here if you want to visit the park first thing in the morning. Despite having been touched by the magic of tourism, Augustine maintains a humble and reserved attitude. During the summer months, the heat it Sanjuanino really dominates this town. It was because of this heat that I extended my stay in order to soak in the peace and quiet. In those days I understood why the people at first seem so dull and. It is incredible that they open up their houses. Shops open and bike rides begin when the heat dies down just before 10pm.
Climbing in San Juan
Zonda
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Dear Antoniosantos, excuse my meddling, but some of your information is wrong. The place is called "Zonda", not "The Zonda". I live there and the only thing called "The Zonda" is the racetrack. Another equally important correction is that The Zonda Racetrack, The Garden of the Poets, Indian Head, Las Cavas de Zonda ironically are all in the department of Rivadavia. The Zonda department starts at the top of the so-called "Cableway" (to the west, at the end of the Quebrada de Zonda). These places formerly belonged to the department of Zonda, but are now (and have been for decades) under the department of Rivadavia's jurisdiction. My apologies for meddling, and greetings.
Of Cultural Interest in San Juan
Rodeo-Iglesia
A land of magical forests with an incredible history!!!!!! It's great!!! Surfing, water, waves, music, and stories with bonfires. There are also bars, crafts, horseback riding, delicious sweets, and organic, artisan products.
Historical Monuments in San Juan
Plaza 25 de Mayo
Located just accross from the modern [poi = 102845] Cathedral Church of St. John the Baptist [/ poi], this square has been a faithful witness to the devastation of this city by earthquakes, and the strength, courage and sacrifice of its inhabitants to make it into what it is today. I suggest a beautiful walk through the most central part of the city (the route is the origianl 1904 route), with lots diagonal crosswalks and the "kilometer 0" of the region. There are tons of very old palm, cedar, banana, and oak trees and as we wander along the paths, we can find the statues of two Argentine personalities: Friar Justo Santa María de Oro (1897) and Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1901). East of the square, there's a very old and very well-maintained elegant water fountain and a bronze equestrian statue of General San Martin by sculptor Louis Joseph Daumas (1905). From there you can also see the Campanile of the Cathedral, declared the monuments of historical and cultural value in 1986.
Valleys in San Juan
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Squares in San Juan
Museums in San Juan
Hiking in San Juan
Cordillera de Los Andes (San Juan)
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From Córdoba provincec (Argentina), Chancani nature reserve and crossing the Andes mountain range on the "Cruce Aguas Negras" road until arriving at the Chilean cost by motorbike.
Nature Reserves in San Juan
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Museums in San Juan
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Of Cultural Interest in San Juan
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Of Cultural Interest in San Juan
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Canyons in San Juan
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Historical Monuments in San Juan