San Juan

Bordered by the Andes to the west, San Juan is a paradise for those who love nature and outdoor sports, and its fine wines are a major attraction for connoisseurs.

San Juan has a diversified economy, specializing in mining, viticulture, tourism and renewable energy. The province has one of the most important mining sectors in the country and is home to the largest gold mine in the continent.

Currently under development in San Juan is the Agua Negra Tunnel, which will run beneath the Andes into Chile. Its completion will be the final and most significant link of the Bi-Oceanic Corridor, providing better trade routes between Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Overview

  • Population: 764,000
  • Area: 89,651 km²
  • Capital: San Juan
  • Top export: Precious metals

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Main Attractions

San Juan’s viticulture is second only to Mendoza, and exploring the province’s many vineyards and olive groves is one of its principal attractions.

Extreme sports are another big San Juan attraction: choose from rafting, kitesurfing, fishing, horse riding, paragliding and even land sailing.

In what is known as San Juan’s Valley of the Moon, the Ischigualasto Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinosaur fossils from up to 250 million years old can be found there. The park is also known for its giant wind-formed monoliths.

Rocks of Ischigualasto National Park