Valley of the Dinosaurs, Argentina
Fast Facts
Paleo & Archeo
Family Travel Tips

Giganotosaurus Carolinii


Photo by Subsecretaria de Turismo de Neuquén

Valley of the Dinosaurs, as the badlands of Argentina are called, is a truly remote family travel destination. So why take the kids? Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes once roamed this corner of western Patagonia. Giganotosaurus carolinii, one of the largest carnivores yet discovered, inhabited the Patagonian steppe during the late Cretaceous Period. Argentinosaurus huinculensis, one of the largest dinosaurs to have walked the earth, lived here a few million years earlier. Titanosaurs passed through long after the previous two. But what makes Valley of the Dinosaurs so spectacular is what's happened in the interim. An eon of doings fossilized prehistoric life and unearthed it again. Museo Carmen Funes, a small natural history museum, is home to the biggest and smallest giants of Patagonia, Argentinosaurus huinculensis and sauropod eggs. The Ernesto Bachmann Museum is all about Giganotosaurus carolinii. Auca Mahuevo, a nesting site for titanosaurs, is littered with dinosaur eggs. Cañadón Escondido is a great place to hunt for dinosaur footprints and steal a look at some really old rock. History is made present at Centro Paleontológico Lago Barreales. More than 400 fossils have been uncovered at this dinosaur dig site!
History & Culture
There is more to the province of Neuquen than Patagonia's giants. The Mapuche have farmed the central valleys of Argentina since the time of the Incas. And while they resisted subjugation from Peru and defied the Spanish for nearly four centuries this indigenous culture met the same fate as their northern cousins. They were forced onto reservations and stripped of their land.
Online maps are a great family travel planning resource and great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Teach kids to use online maps to pinpoint your family travel destination, identify points of interest and plan your itinerary. Ask them to map geographical features and nature reserves.
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Get recommended reading lists for travel to Argentina. Find great reads about Patagonia. Discover age-appropriate books about dinosaurs. Learn more about this South American country through guidebooks, novels and historical fiction.
Music & Sound
Music is a great way to introduce children to a local culture and embark on a journey through sound. Learn about Argentine folk music. Listen to Mapuche song. Discover the sound of the Parasaurolophus and find out how scientists created voice from a fossil. Patagonia isn't home to the tango but it's not without tunes.
Local newspapers are a great way to find out what's happening today. Read Argentina news online in English and Spanish and brush up on Argentine current events from politics to economics and sports to entertainment. Discover what Argentinians are reading and find out what's happening from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.
Kids' Stuff
Online resources make learning lots of fun. Follow an expedition to the badlands of Argentina and get fun facts about the tiniest giants. Find out about fossils. Name reptiles and do a dinosaur word search. Discover why giant reptiles once roamed Patagonia. Who knows what you might learn?
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Learn about a few of the paleontology organizations active in Patagonia.

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