Discover the best top things to do in Province of La Rioja, Argentina including Laguna Brava, Cuesta de Miranda, Parque Nacional Talampaya, Cristo del Portezuelo, Catedral de La Rioja - Santuario de San Nicolas de Bari, La Mejicana Mine, Resarva Provincial Laguna Brava, Canon del Arco Iris, Plaza 25 de Mayo, Museo Cable Carril.
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5 based on 303 reviews
After visiting the national parks, Ischigualasto and Talampaya, we, 2 couples, decided to make the 24. of December to something special and planned a trip to Laguna Brava. It is a salt lake in 4.400 meters altitude and the whole trip - getting there, experiencing the area and back is worth the effort.
We almost booked a tour with a local provider in a 4 x 4, but it was 450 Arg. Pesos per person, so in the end we agreed that it was too much. But we had the luck that our guide in Talampaya knew a local tour guide with the demanded authorization, which was able to do it on this special day for 200 Arg. Pesos in total...!!! So a good deal, even though we had to do it in our rental car - a normal sedan.
At this time of the year, summer in Argentina, there are NO need of a 4 x 4 to do this trip as the few streams you have to cross only an 10 cm. deep. Of course all the providers of the tours claim that you cant do it by yourself - and if you are not comfortable driving in the Mountains - then book, but else......don´t and save the money. The roads are in nice conditions, paved or not, and any kind of experienced driver can manage.
YOU can´t go to Laguna Brava without an authorized guide ! You will pass to stops where you have to register and the guide has to show his license. The registration is a precaution - as they will search for you if you dont return again at the end of the day. Always bring along your personal papers (passport) as they will ask for the number, etc.
Our guide, Emmanuel Luna, we picked up in Vinchina, north of Villa Union, and we began our tour at 8.15 am. He had done more than 1000 tours and we made a lot of stops where he carefully explained the sights. On the way up we were so lucky to see 5 Condors in the sky above the peaks of the Mountains - absolutely breath taking. After 4 hours we reached the plateau and the sight was spectacular. An old plane, which carried animals between Chile and Argentina, crashed there many years ago, but is still to be seen. A large number of flamingos live there along with the Guanacos, foxes and a few other animals. Next stop was at the geisers before we went back again. We returned to Vinchina at about 4 pm. after an excellent day.
I can higly recommend this sight as it will offer you spectacular views and it is not full of tourists. Search in the local area for a local guide if you have a car, and you will save a lot of money - and the tour will for sure be better.
To remember: It is in the high altitude, 4.400 meters, so if you suffer altitude sickness, then don´t go or bring severel pain killers. Drink water and avoid too much food before you go. Bring sandwishes and water.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Horarios: -En temporada alta (marzo a septiembre) el horario de ingreso es de 8:30 a 16:30 horas. -En temporada baja (octubre a febrero) el horario de ingreso es de 08 a 17 horas.
The park may be worth visiting, but it is so hard to get it done.
There are too many hurdles that one needs to overcome before one can join one of the expensive excursions (unless you are a local). Virtually nothing is written in an other language than Spanish except for the prices. It is clear that foreigners must pay much more. The guides only speak Spanish. It would be fair if the foreigner at least gets English in return for the much higher fee.
4 based on 190 reviews
It's a good, rigorous walk up to the statue and the view of the city is stunning. Definitely worth checking out if you're in Chilecito!
4 based on 198 reviews
Another magnificent Cathedral in front of the main square of a Province. Every town in the countryside of Argentina has the same urban planning. In this case, La Rioja Cathedral worships Saint Nicholas of Bari with lots of unique decorations and a small religious display of artifacts.
The church is open most the day with no restrictions and if you have the chance you can heard either the hourly bells. Just a few minutes would be enough to appreciate the architecture and the peace of the place.
4.5 based on 78 reviews
I visited the mine on April 24th 20216. You need warm clothes, a 4x4 SUV, sufficient water and some food. It is a scenic drive from Chilechito (where we started around 7 o'clock) up to the mine at about 4400m altitude. We had a few stops during the trip and you could see very spectacular outcrops. We were back in town at about 3 o'clock.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to access the galleries of the gold mine.
I am not sure whether you can do the trip on you own. Since we didn't had a 4x4, we booked the tour with a local company from Chilecito.
5 based on 37 reviews
Venerdì 9 Marzo - Il parco si estende da Villa San José de Vinchina capitale del dipartimento, fino ai confini con il Cile, ed ha un'estensione di oltre 400.000 ettari. La maggior parte delle strade che salgono ben oltre i 4500 metri di altitudine è sterrata. All'interno del parco alcuni piccoli paesi tra i quali il più importante è Jagué. Il sito comprende un sistema di alte lagune andine di acque saline e ipersaline di poca profondità situate tra i 3.000 ed i 4.500 metri sul livello del mare. La Riserva di Laguna Brava è stata creata nel 1980. Percorrendone la strada, si gode di una vista incomparabile di fiumi, montagne, orridi. Dal punto di vista faunistico si osservano una notevole quantità di vicugne e guanachi, volpi ed i famosi fenicotteri rosa che si radunano nella laguna che da il nome al parco a circa 4.200 metri di altitudine. Veramente una bella escursione. Consigliata la visita.
4.5 based on 59 reviews
Como todo ahi en el parque, este Cañon muestra todo su esplendor al los visitantes que concurren al legar.
No hay que dejar de verlo.
4 based on 121 reviews
The cafes have good Cappuccino (if you are central European order "cafe con leche" to get a Capuccino) and fresh fruit juices. The shops close during siesta time but the cafes are always open and staff is very friendly in general.
4 based on 104 reviews
Shame that a world heritage is not taken care! it's an engineer wonder bu there is nothing around to know more about it. there is a little museum in station 1, but there is not a good organisation and explanations and the person in charge knows just a little bit about the history.
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