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San Juan

San Juan (Argentina)

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
3hrs by bus from Mendoza
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of San Juan

Julie Olagnol Travel writer
91 travel articles

Situated to the north of Mendoza, San Juan is the departure point for the Ischigualasto and Talampaya National Parks.

My suggestion:
Stay at San Agustin de Valle Fertil rather than at San Juan. You'll avoid having to get up at 5am and pay a fortune for a tour leaving from San Juan.

During my trip to Argentina, I wanted to visit the Ischigualasto and Talampaya National Parks, situated to the northeast of the San Juan Province. They're both worth their weight in gold, but are not the easiest to reach. Being out of the way, the best way to get there is from San Agustin de Valle Fertil, a little village three hours from San Juan. 

Most tourists stay in San Juan and opt for expensive guided tours of the parks. It's more cost-effective to stay at San Agustin de Valle Fertil's only hotel. The only hiccup was, after having seen the park, I found myself stuck on the Rioja road, where I had to wait for my bus. 

San Juan has its own, less commercial, wine route well worth touring if you're in the area. In this respect, the town lives in Mendoza's shadow... 

Ischigualasto National Park, near San Juan