What to do and see in Province of San Juan, Argentina: The Best Places and Tips

September 1, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Discover the best top things to do in Province of San Juan, Argentina including Parque Provincial Ischigualasto - Valle de la Luna, Parque Provincial Ischigualasto, Bodega Merced del Estero, Ruta Escenica 150, The Valley of the Moon, Parque Nacional El Leoncito, Casa Natal de Sarmiento, Museo de la Memoria Urbana o del Terremoto, Catedral de San Juan, Convento de Santo Domingo.
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1. Parque Provincial Ischigualasto - Valle de la Luna

Ruta Nacional 150 - km120, San Juan, Argentina +54 264 422-5778
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4.5 based on 242 reviews

Parque Provincial Ischigualasto - Valle de la Luna

Reviewed By Gene J - Silver Spring, Maryland

We departed our Hotel Vinos del Sol at 7:45AM, stopped for petro at Jachal, then arrived at this Provincial Park at 11AM. Due to extensive active construction, the entry fee(250Ap each) was waived and we entered without charge. After using the clean restrooms, we visited its Museum of Natural History, a circular walk of ~ 10 rooms of models/dioramas and information on the dinosaurs found in this park. We learned the herbivores were the oldest followed by the carnivores. One display featured the oldest predatory dinosaurs, the Eoraptor lunensis, an emu- sized bird with a sharp set of teeth and the vicious pack hunting instinct feared by all. We drove on to the Talampaya National Park before retracing to Route 40/150 and to our hotel in La Rioja, arriving at 4PM, a full day of nearly 400 miles over beautiful but lonely mountain scenery.

2. Parque Provincial Ischigualasto

San Agustin del Valle Fertil 5400, Argentina +54 9 264 460-8900
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4.5 based on 909 reviews

Parque Provincial Ischigualasto

Ischigualasto Provincial Park, also called Valle de la Luna ("Valley of the Moon" or "Moon Valley"), due to its otherworldly appearance, is a provincial protected area in the north-east of San Juan Province, north-western Argentina, limiting to the north with the Talampaya National Park, in La Rioja Province. Both areas belong to the same geological formation, the Ischigualasto Formation (sometimes Ischigualasto-Talampaya Formation) Established on 3 November 1971, the park has an area of 60,370 ha (603.7 km2; 233.1 sq mi) In 2000 UNESCO included Ischigualasto and Talampaya National Park among its World Heritage Sites.

Reviewed By François V - Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands

We went to the park with a bus tour (450 pesos) and the entrance was 250 pesos (100 for national students).
The guy owning the bus company also owns Ischigualasto Hostel. He only speaks Spanish though. He will drive you around in the park for 3 hours along with a guide of the park. He will explain a lot and take his time for you.
Our park guide spoke some English, which was great. We stopped at 6 points. Some great viewpoints and shapes of Mountains. And also a museum where you could see some fossils of dinosaurs being dug up.
It is difficult to explain what the park looks like and it is also hard to explain how this park has an impact on you. I would certainly recommend going!
O, and if you, travel to Valle Fertil instead of booking a tour from San Juan. You might also want to check out Ischigualasto Hostel if you are travelling on a budget. You can find and contact them on the web. We had good experiences with them.
Have fun!

3. Bodega Merced del Estero

Moron Str 432 South | Rivadavia, San Juan 5407, Argentina +54 264 440-0387
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

Bodega Merced del Estero

The 35-acre estate has been worked by our family since 1897. Driven by the desire to see how our grapes become high quality wines, we finished building a small winery in 2004, with an output capacity of sixty thousand liters, and the most advanced technology, which allows for excellence in vinification.

Reviewed By rosannabertolini - Temecula, California

Winery is beautiful; owners take care about this vineyard.
The owner, takes care of your visit. She asks you about your interests about visiting the winery, so you can have a tour about the process of production of wine, or if you are interested in tasting and purchase wines. There is: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, but also you can find Bonarda and the best one Torrontés.

4. Ruta Escenica 150

San Juan, Argentina
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4.5 based on 236 reviews

Ruta Escenica 150

Reviewed By mikel12323 - Houston, Texas

Wonderful scenic drive to see Mountains, Valleys and prairies. Several great tunnels take you through.

5. The Valley of the Moon

La Rioja | San Juan. Parque Provincial Ischigualasto, 5449, Argentina
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4.5 based on 362 reviews

The Valley of the Moon

Reviewed By globaltrotter_carol - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The park is nice, but you really need your own transport to get here. Otherwise it will be hard to get there. NO shade in the park and you always get a guide but the guides are really friendly and they really know their park.

6. Parque Nacional El Leoncito

Barreal, Argentina +54 2648 44-1240
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4.5 based on 314 reviews

Parque Nacional El Leoncito

Reviewed By mmaltby1 - London, United Kingdom

The views you get here are like nothing else I've seen - especially at dusk, as the sun comes down over the Mountains. Make sure you check it out if you're in town for the carrovelismo.

7. Casa Natal de Sarmiento

Sarmiento 21 Capital, San Juan 5400, Argentina +54 264 422-4603
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4 based on 828 reviews

Casa Natal de Sarmiento

Reviewed By JennyGay - Natal, RN

there is english information avaliable for most of the rooms and objects. Check opening hours as they vary according to the time of year.

8. Museo de la Memoria Urbana o del Terremoto

Mitre y Espana, San Juan 5400, Argentina +54 264 422-4454
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4 based on 261 reviews

Museo de la Memoria Urbana o del Terremoto

Reviewed By JennyGay - Natal, RN

This small museum in an old part of the former railway station given you an idea of the town before and after the earthquake. Dont miss the earthquake simulator. Free entry

9. Catedral de San Juan

Mendoza y Rivadavia, San Juan, Argentina +54 264 422-7050
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4 based on 368 reviews

Catedral de San Juan

Reviewed By Alex W - London, United Kingdom

Modern and nothing remarkable to look at from the outside, but inside its really quite nice and airy, and obviously very different from the old colonial-style little church's you see around the north and west regions of Argentina. Worth a side-trip to admire.

10. Convento de Santo Domingo

Laprida 57 | West, San Juan, Argentina +54 264 422-1573
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4 based on 95 reviews

Convento de Santo Domingo

Reviewed By 30Jose - San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina

Actualmente celda totalmente vacía, por lo que ahora se pueden apreciar únicamente sus Paredes y techo
En el interior del convento Santo Domingo se encuentra la celda (habitación) que ocupó el Gral. San Martín en 1815, cedida por el prior de los dominicos para que preparase la campaña libertadora a Chile y al Alto Perú.
Lamentablemente en 2007 la Comisión Nacional de Monumentos y Lugares Históricos quitó de la celda todos los elementos que no hubieren estado presentes durante la visita de San Martín en 1815 y realizó un nuevo guion museológico para los visitantes. Esto detonó un conflicto con la Asociación Sanmartiniana que retiró todos los objetos históricos que exponía en la celda, que fueron trasladados al Regimiento de Infantería de Montaña n° 22, ubicado en la provincia de San Juan.
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