La Rioja

La Rioja is known for its colourful layered rock formations and its olive vineyards. The beautiful Ischigualasto and Talampaya National Parks (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) are becoming ever more popular with visitors.

The province produces nearly 180,000 tonnes of olives per year. Tourism is also a growing industry in La Rioja, attracting mountain bikers, rock climbers and land sailers. It recently hosted the Dakar Rally.

Overview

  • Population: 378,000
  • Area: 89,680 km²
  • Capital: La Rioja
  • Top export: Paper

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Main Attractions

The Quebrada de los Cóndores in the Sierra de los Quinteros is the best place in Argentina to observe the world’s largest bird, the condor, with wingspans of over three metres.

La Rioja is a notable wine-producing province, whose vintages pair with many of its regional dishes made from local meats and vegetables.

The Chilecito Route among the Famatina Valleys is dotted with vineyards and olive groves. It is a region ideally explored via hiking, rappelling, mountain biking, horse riding, paragliding or even by motocross.

The Talampaya and Ischigualasto National Parks cover over 275,000 hectares and contain many fossils from the Triassic period.

Rock in Talampaya National Park, La Rioja