This 193,000-ha. natural reserve is the largest in Mendoza.
This inhospitable-looking place hosts around 800 volcanic cones that have erupted underwater releasing solidified lava that shaped this moon-like spot featuring several craters.
“Payunia” derives from the Pehuenche word “payen”, which means “place where there is copper”.
Fields of basalt and pyroclastic rocks of various colors printed a singular kind of beauty on the area. This place attracts countless native species, among which we could spot guanacos, choiques, piches and lizards.