Before starting our great adventure in the Geological Park, we will depart from La Rioja Capital, visiting Las Padercitas, a set of ruins made of mud, and preserved to this day thanks to the protection of a stone wall. This small fort was built to defend the small town from Diaguita attacks. In 1942, these ruins were declared a National Historic MonumentEvery third Sunday of August, pilgrims from La Rioja gather there to venerate the Saint who appeases.
Then we will go to La Quebrada and Los Sauces Dam, Sanagasta Summer Village, El Mirador, Las Cuevas de la Salamanca and ascending the Cuesta we will go to Puerta de Huaco. There we will enter with our vehicle by a track until the Park Geological "The Dinosaurs", known as such by locals since its opening in 2014. The park area preserves a relatively small valley of sedimentary characteristics. This is surrounded by granitic formations that constitute a particular space for the observation of fossils and geological phenomena.
Departing from the park we will begin a hike in the Red Valley. We will walk through intricate passages between reddish formations and climb trails to the top of the walls, where we will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view. The scientific interest of this Red Valley is due to the fact that in its sediments were found fossils of dinosaur eggs and plants of the Cretaceous Period.
Travel back in time!