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Dinosaurs

La Rioja’s oldest inhabitants

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Dinosaurs

Hace miles de años, La Rioja era una zona pantanosa llena de dinosaurios. Hoy puedes ver sus huellas en la zona de sierra de La Rioja Suroriental. En Enciso, Igea y otros pueblos cercanos, se pueden conocer muchas cosas de estos grandes animales que fascinan a grandes y pequeños.

En los yacimientos, podrás comprobar el verdadero tamaño de los diferentes que habitaban en La Rioja. También podrás meter tus manos en las enormes huellas de estos animales, seguir sus rastros, o aprenderlo todos sobre ellos en los centros de interpretación.

Wine tourism for kids

Children can also experience the wine culture

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Wine tourism for kids

Nature for kids

Fun visits that teach you about nature

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Nature for kids

Sports for all the family

If you’re into sports, La Rioja is packed with adventure parks, ski slopes, hot air balloons, canoeing, cycling, trekking, horse riding...

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Sports for all the family

Si te gustan los deporte en La Rioja encontrarás parques de aventura, esquí paseos en globo, piraguas, bicicletas, senderos, rutas a caballo... 

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LA RIOJA WITH KIDS

Routes around La Rioja for all the family

If you come to La Rioja with kids, we’ve got some activities and visits designed just for them to make their experience fun and your trip unforgettable. La Rioja is packed with all types of sport activities and nature walks. You can also see what life was like in the olden days or be an archaeologist in Contrebia-Leukade or learn about La Rioja’s oldest inhabitants: dinosaurs. In the land of wine, kids will love learning how Rioja wine is made, treading grapes and running through the vineyards. The youngest members of the family will love La Rioja’s experiences, old-timey lifestyle, taking part in grape harvesting activities and discovering dinosaur footprints in El Barranco Perdido.

La Rioja for all the family!

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Enciso dinosaur track finds

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Enciso

The village of Enciso is located in the South of La Rioja, in the Upper Cidacos Valley, 72 kilometres from Logroño, very close to the border with the province of Soria.There are 1,400 dinosaur tracks recorded in the municipality of Enciso. The Palaeontology Centre is the perfect starting point to visit the tracks. There are a total of 7 finds between Enciso and Navalsaz.To access this route, go to the village of Enciso and cross the bridge over the river Cidacos. There you will find signs indicating the routes. You can reach them through a new paved road that connects the towns of Enciso and Cornago, although there is also a cross-country trail.The sites are in the open air, although some are protected by fences and roofs. You can visit them free of charge but you can also hire specialist guides. VIRGEN DEL CAMPO SITEThis is one of the most interesting sites for scientists and there are periodic excavations and site consolidation tasks.Access: From the bridge, follow the trail across road on the right to a shrine, located 400 metres from the village.Interest: It is a find of great interest, with 506 dinosaur tracks. In addition to footprints, there skin marks, tail drag marks and even scratches made by swimming dinosaurs. There are also fossilised tracks showing the start of a fight between a carnivorous dinosaur and a herbivorous one. There are noteworthy marks left by a mud slide caused by a major earthquake as well as ripple marks from waves. If you are patient and spend some time observing attentively, you can discover clearly visible mollusc shells. There are numerous fossilised ripple marks created by waves in shallow sandy areas.Facilities: The site is visited on a wooden boardwalk which protects the stone surface from being damaged. The place has a full-size reproduction of a herbivorous dinosaur and explanatory panels. LA SENOBA SITE One of the first that were studied in the region which also enjoys magnificent views.Access: It is located 2.2 kilometres from the Virgen del Campo site, going up the track towards the village of Garranzo.Interest: The outcrop is signposted. It contains 130 tracks, including 10 theropod tracks and 2 ornithopod tracks. VALDECEVILLO SITEIt is without a doubt one of the most interesting in La Rioja and also, one of the easiest to understand for an amateur. This is in part thanks to the three-dimensional depictions that have been placed there to allow visitors to get an idea of the real features of dinosaurs. It should also be noted that all models are built based on conclusions of researchers from the remains that you are going to visit.Access: It is located 2 kilometres from the bridge over the river Cidacos. It accessed by the road that goes from Enciso to Cornago. It has a parking lot located at the starting point.Interest: A convenient path allows you to get close to the footprints. The route starts with 4 theropod tracks, clearly marked and well preserved, which are protected by a shed roof and fencing. They are tracks of carnivorous dinosaurs which measured between 7 and 10 metres in length. They were pigeon-toed and their feet ended in powerful claws. In the middle part of the find, a family of iguanodons, consisting of two adults and a baby, left their footprints there. The ensemble is depicted with life-size sculptures. Finally, at the top of the trail, a sauropod which walked on four legs left 59 tracks. Further up, there is a set of numerous tracks, still under study, on which scientists have not provided conclusions yet.Facilities: The site has explanatory panels and 5 life-size reproductions of a tarbosaurus (carnivore), a herbivorous family group (two adults and a baby) and a brachiosaurus (23-metre-long sauropod). The sculptures were manufactured based on fossil footprints of dinosaurs in Valdecevillo. ICNITAS 3 SITEAccess: Located 5 kilometres from Enciso, on the roadside.Interest: The site is covered by a shed roof. It consists of 21 theropod tracks distributed among 4 trails. Three are of carnivorous dinosaurs of great stature, and the other is a small, 75 cm carnivorous dinosaur. VILLAR-POYALES SITEAccess: Located on the roadside, 5 metres from the Icnitas 3 find.Interest: It contains 84 tracks. It is a very interesting find because it is the site where a new track was discovered for the first time in the world. It was named Theroplantigrada encisensis, in honour of the town of Enciso. The trace consists of 20 tracks of a biped, plantigrade dinosaur, which walked on the whole sole of its feet, and not only the toes, like the majority of dinosaurs. It also had an interdigital webbing, indicating that it was specifically adapted to an aquatic environment. The site has explanatory panels. NAVALSAZ SITEAccess: It is located 8 kilometres from the town of Enciso.Interest: It contains 138 tracks, mostly from ornithopods. Here is one of the biggest iguanodon tracks in La Rioja. A study of the footprints has determined that the leg of the dinosaur was 5.5 metres long. The spectacular size of the tracks allows a full-grown person to comfortably sit in their interior. The site has explanatory panels. LA CUESTA DE ANDORRA SITEAccess: After Navalsaz leave the road to walk down the GR-93 trail.Interest: 21 very large ornithopod tracks made by an iguanodon.

Enciso

The village of Enciso is located in the South of La Rioja, in the Upper Cidacos Valley, 72 kilometres from Logroño, very close to the border with the province of Soria.There are 1,400 dinosaur tracks recorded in the municipality of Enciso. The Palaeontology Centre is the perfect starting point to visit the tracks. There are a total of 7 finds between Enciso and Navalsaz.To access this route, go to the village of Enciso and cross the bridge over the river Cidacos. There you will find signs indicating the routes. You can reach them through a new paved road that connects the towns of Enciso and Cornago, although there is also a cross-country trail.The sites are in the open air, although some are protected by fences and roofs. You can visit them free of charge but you can also hire specialist guides. VIRGEN DEL CAMPO SITEThis is one of the most interesting sites for scientists and there are periodic excavations and site consolidation tasks.Access: From the bridge, follow the trail across road on the right to a shrine, located 400 metres from the village.Interest: It is a find of great interest, with 506 dinosaur tracks. In addition to footprints, there skin marks, tail drag marks and even scratches made by swimming dinosaurs. There are also fossilised tracks showing the start of a fight between a carnivorous dinosaur and a herbivorous one. There are noteworthy marks left by a mud slide caused by a major earthquake as well as ripple marks from waves. If you are patient and spend some time observing attentively, you can discover clearly visible mollusc shells. There are numerous fossilised ripple marks created by waves in shallow sandy areas.Facilities: The site is visited on a wooden boardwalk which protects the stone surface from being damaged. The place has a full-size reproduction of a herbivorous dinosaur and explanatory panels. LA SENOBA SITE One of the first that were studied in the region which also enjoys magnificent views.Access: It is located 2.2 kilometres from the Virgen del Campo site, going up the track towards the village of Garranzo.Interest: The outcrop is signposted. It contains 130 tracks, including 10 theropod tracks and 2 ornithopod tracks. VALDECEVILLO SITEIt is without a doubt one of the most interesting in La Rioja and also, one of the easiest to understand for an amateur. This is in part thanks to the three-dimensional depictions that have been placed there to allow visitors to get an idea of the real features of dinosaurs. It should also be noted that all models are built based on conclusions of researchers from the remains that you are going to visit.Access: It is located 2 kilometres from the bridge over the river Cidacos. It accessed by the road that goes from Enciso to Cornago. It has a parking lot located at the starting point.Interest: A convenient path allows you to get close to the footprints. The route starts with 4 theropod tracks, clearly marked and well preserved, which are protected by a shed roof and fencing. They are tracks of carnivorous dinosaurs which measured between 7 and 10 metres in length. They were pigeon-toed and their feet ended in powerful claws. In the middle part of the find, a family of iguanodons, consisting of two adults and a baby, left their footprints there. The ensemble is depicted with life-size sculptures. Finally, at the top of the trail, a sauropod which walked on four legs left 59 tracks. Further up, there is a set of numerous tracks, still under study, on which scientists have not provided conclusions yet.Facilities: The site has explanatory panels and 5 life-size reproductions of a tarbosaurus (carnivore), a herbivorous family group (two adults and a baby) and a brachiosaurus (23-metre-long sauropod). The sculptures were manufactured based on fossil footprints of dinosaurs in Valdecevillo. ICNITAS 3 SITEAccess: Located 5 kilometres from Enciso, on the roadside.Interest: The site is covered by a shed roof. It consists of 21 theropod tracks distributed among 4 trails. Three are of carnivorous dinosaurs of great stature, and the other is a small, 75 cm carnivorous dinosaur. VILLAR-POYALES SITEAccess: Located on the roadside, 5 metres from the Icnitas 3 find.Interest: It contains 84 tracks. It is a very interesting find because it is the site where a new track was discovered for the first time in the world. It was named Theroplantigrada encisensis, in honour of the town of Enciso. The trace consists of 20 tracks of a biped, plantigrade dinosaur, which walked on the whole sole of its feet, and not only the toes, like the majority of dinosaurs. It also had an interdigital webbing, indicating that it was specifically adapted to an aquatic environment. The site has explanatory panels. NAVALSAZ SITEAccess: It is located 8 kilometres from the town of Enciso.Interest: It contains 138 tracks, mostly from ornithopods. Here is one of the biggest iguanodon tracks in La Rioja. A study of the footprints has determined that the leg of the dinosaur was 5.5 metres long. The spectacular size of the tracks allows a full-grown person to comfortably sit in their interior. The site has explanatory panels. LA CUESTA DE ANDORRA SITEAccess: After Navalsaz leave the road to walk down the GR-93 trail.Interest: 21 very large ornithopod tracks made by an iguanodon.

El Barranco Perdido

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Enciso

More than 120 million years ago, dinosaurs lived in this place. They lived in a unique setting, the ancient Tethys Sea, where they left their mark. Today we continue to be amazed by their habitat, their food, their way of life, hunting... i.e, the true natural setting of saurians. And we know it because palaeontologists have used all the tools available to them to discover the remains of one of the most amazing animals that have inhabited our planet.

Screening and exhibition area
On the top floor of the entrance building you can enjoy a 3D screening in which the dinosaurs are the stars. In addition, the exhibition area, located in the same building, explores the work of palaeontologists, with a sample of the materials used and the remains of an excavation. The exhibition is interactive, through games (puzzles and touchscreens) in which the visitor is the protagonist.

Further information at www.barrancoperdido.com

Enciso

More than 120 million years ago, dinosaurs lived in this place. They lived in a unique setting, the ancient Tethys Sea, where they left their mark. Today we continue to be amazed by their habitat, their food, their way of life, hunting... i.e, the true natural setting of saurians. And we know it because palaeontologists have used all the tools available to them to discover the remains of one of the most amazing animals that have inhabited our planet.

Screening and exhibition area
On the top floor of the entrance building you can enjoy a 3D screening in which the dinosaurs are the stars. In addition, the exhibition area, located in the same building, explores the work of palaeontologists, with a sample of the materials used and the remains of an excavation. The exhibition is interactive, through games (puzzles and touchscreens) in which the visitor is the protagonist.

Further information at www.barrancoperdido.com

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Igea

As well as interpreting and explaining the geological and palaeontological aspects of the Region of La Rioja, visitors will be able to discover the interest aroused by this valuable legacy from the past and its importance in the context of Spanish European and world geology.Through various thematic spaces the visitor will be able to read and see a series of didactic messages which will take him on a fascinating journey through time,back to distant geological origins of La Rioja.Perhaps the most spectacular discovery in the area was a fossilised conifer trunk 11 metres long, this incredible trunk is 4 km. From the village, on the hill opposite the shrine of Our Lady of el Villar, and is right on the side of the Cornago road.

Igea

As well as interpreting and explaining the geological and palaeontological aspects of the Region of La Rioja, visitors will be able to discover the interest aroused by this valuable legacy from the past and its importance in the context of Spanish European and world geology.Through various thematic spaces the visitor will be able to read and see a series of didactic messages which will take him on a fascinating journey through time,back to distant geological origins of La Rioja.Perhaps the most spectacular discovery in the area was a fossilised conifer trunk 11 metres long, this incredible trunk is 4 km. From the village, on the hill opposite the shrine of Our Lady of el Villar, and is right on the side of the Cornago road.

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Briones

This 4000 m museum belonging to the Dinastia Vivanco Foundation houses 2 the cultural collection of the Rioja winemaking Vivanco family. Archaeology, sculpture, painting, etc. Give us a universal vision of the relevance that wine has had in all civilisations throughout history. A specialised library, a tasting room, two restaurants, a conference hall and a wine shop complete the facilities available at this great Museum of the Culture of Wine/p>

Briones

This 4000 m museum belonging to the Dinastia Vivanco Foundation houses 2 the cultural collection of the Rioja winemaking Vivanco family. Archaeology, sculpture, painting, etc. Give us a universal vision of the relevance that wine has had in all civilisations throughout history. A specialised library, a tasting room, two restaurants, a conference hall and a wine shop complete the facilities available at this great Museum of the Culture of Wine/p>