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Ischigualasto Provincial Park
Parque Provincial Ischigualasto
Valle de la Luna
Location San Juan Province, Argentina
Nearest city San José de Jáchal
Area 60,370 ha (233.1 sq mi)
Established November 3, 1971 (1971-11-03)
Official name:
Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks
Type: Natural
Criteria: viii
Designated: 2000 (24th session)
Reference #: 966
State Party:  Argentina
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Ischigualasto Provincial Park is a protected area in San Juan Province, north-western Argentina. The park is also called Valle de la Luna ("Valley of the Moon") due to its otherworldly appearance.

It contains the geological formation called the Ischigualasto Formation. The formation is also included in the Talampaya National Park in the La Rioja Province. The Ischigualasto Formation has fossils from the Triassic period. These are some of the oldest known dinosaur remains.

In 2000 UNESCO included Ischigualasto in its World Heritage Sites.

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