La Leona Petrified Forest
Full day excursion in the steppe zone, aimed at all people who enjoy outdoor activities and adventure, ready to discover new places. The tour includes approximately 3 hours walking on discontinuous ground where wind and water were responsible for uncovering this place, which remained hidden for millions of years.
.You start from El Calafate heading east and you turn north on Route 40 a few kilometers from departure. During the trip you can see the Lake Argentino, the Santa Cruz River, the La Leona River and you will have a panoramic view of the majestic Andes mountains, including Mount Fitz Roy. You will stop for about 15 minutes in the Hotel La Leona (historical site) and continue traveling along the southern shore of Lake Viedma to reach the slopes of Cerro Los Hornos (Estancia Santa Teresita)
We will look for the first time the great depression of the land where the petrified logs are situated and will start our trekking exploration of fossils, which lasts about 3 hours, including the time for lunch. Throughout the walk will see lots of petrified logs lying on the surface, some with a diameter of 1.2 meters, testimony that during ancient times the climate was very different from today and allowed the existence of a full forest. There have also been uncovered fossils of different types of dinosaurs.
This land is sheltered from the wind by the Cerro Los Hornos and also because it is a natural depression in the ground. This a steppe area, therefore, is very dry and weather conditions are generally very nice. After the walk, you begin the journey back to El Calafate on the same path with another stop at the Hotel La Leona.
Service provider company:Morresi Viajes.
Minimum group size:2 personas.
Annual availability: Desde Octubre hasta Abril.
Requirements: Calzado cómodo (botas de trekking o zapatillas), campera o cortaviento, ropa de abrigo, gorro, protector solar y anteojos de sol.
Time needed: Full day.
Included:Transfer from the hotel, guide, trekks, access to paleontologic site, lunch box and bottle of water.
Not included: -.
Available languages: Spanish, English.