The Black Desert
La Payunia Provincial Reserve is the largest volcanic park in the world and one of the regions with the highest density of volcanoes on the planet.
Colours define many things: moods, personalities, the passage of time. Luckily, nature usually gives us beauty in all its tones: in Argentina we have landscapes of all colors, from Jujuy to Tierra del Fuego. Halfway through, in Mendoza, we have a very unique natural spectacle: the black desert of La Payunia.
The reason why this region of our country is tinged with this particular tone has a simple and wonderful explanation: it is surrounded by more than 800 volcanoes - active for millennia - that have been watering the earth with their ashes. The result is an environment different from what we are used to seeing, so much so that it aspires to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
La Payunia Provincial Reserve is the largest volcanic park in the world and one of the regions with the highest density of volcanoes on the planet. In addition to the fascination of the black desert itself, there are other points of interest that are just as indescribable: the Malacara volcano, for example, offers a tour of the interior of its gullies, as it has been eroded by years and years of rain.
La Payunia offers the chance to walk on volcanic lava and 800 possibilities to get to know different volcanoes, so different in their structure and colors that they are able to offer us different experiences at each step. The place is also an invitation to adventure: trekking, photographic safaris, wildlife watching, 4×4 tours and horseback riding are some of the options to enjoy this unique enclave in the world.