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Parque Nacional Talampaya(Villa Unión)

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In addition to the spectacularity of its reddish walls, among which those corresponding to the canyon of the Talampaya Riverstand out, which have given it international fame, the Park houses a nature that is surprising for its adaptations to live in a desert environment. Among the species present are cacti and shrubs with reduced leaves such as jarillas, and animals such as guanacos, maras, land turtles and lizards. Pitch is a tree that is recognized by its smooth bark, a striking green and zigzagging and thorny branches with sparse foliage, adapted to dry environments. Its fossil sites have global importance because they form a unique sample of the fauna that lived during the Triassic Period, almost 200 million years ago. The mara (Dolichotis patagonum),our largest endemic mammal, frequents open places and is always alert to the presence of predators. In case of need, you can develop races in which you reach a speed of up to 80 km / h. It uses its front legs to dig burrows, which it inhabits with its mate and young. In the canyon and its surroundings, with walls of more than 100 meters high, the strange shapes eroded in the rock by the wind are striking, which the imaginary of locals and visitors recognizes with popular names, such as the case of the emblematic "Wizard King". Talampaya has one of the largest and most important representations of rock art in Argentina. Petroglyphs (stone engravings) are found on walls, rocks and eaves. The first human occupations in the area have been dated to at least 2,500 years BP (before the present). In addition to the spectacularity of its reddish walls, which have given it international fame, Talampaya is home to a surprising nature, both for its diversity and for the adaptations of organisms -plants and animals- to live in a desert environment distinctive of the ecoregion of Monte de Sierras y Bolsones. Warm and arid, with great daily thermal amplitude and intense solar radiation. The thermometer exceeds 40° C in summer and in winter it registers minimums below -7° C. There is up to 170 mm of precipitation per year, with heavy rainfall in the summer season. Between July and October the north wind predominates -locally called Zonda-, which sometimes takes on a certain virulence. It can be visited all year round, although in summer the rains can interrupt tourist services. It should also be borne in mind that the Park reaches the peak of visitors at Easter and winter holidays. The ubiquitous jarillas, are accompanied here by several species of cacti, challengers, carob trees and drinking molles, as well as a small tree with green bark: pitch. Mountain foxes, guanacos, maras, land turtles and a myriad of lizards make up part of the faunal cast, to which are added the condor, the mountain suri, the peregrine falcon and the black-footed chuña, as significant representatives of the birds. If those mentioned correspond to the current fauna, the remarkable abundance of fossil remains that are housed between the walls of sedimentary rock cannot be ignored. Their importance is given in the fact that they make up a unique sample of the fauna that lived during the Triassic period, almost 200 million years ago, in the work of the so-called Age of Dinosaurs. So much so that the remains of a species considered a pre-dinosaur, Lagosuchus talampayensis,about 30 cm in length, were found.

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