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La Leona Petrified Forest

Bosque Petrificado la Leona

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.

.Se parte desde El Calafate hacia el este y a los pocos kilómetros se gira al norte por la ruta 40. Durante este trayecto se divisa el Lago Argentino, el Río Santa Cruz, el Río La Leona y se tiene una vista panorámica majestuosa de la Cordillera de los Andes, incluyendo el Cerro Fitz Roy. Se hace una parada de aproximadamente 15 minutos en el Hotel La Leona (sitio histórico) y se continúa viaje siguiendo el margen sur del Lago Viedma hasta llegar al faldeo del 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.

Departure time:9:00
Arrival time:17:00
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..
Duration:8 horas..
Time needed: Todo el día..
Included:Transfer desde el hotel, guía en bus y caminatas, material informativo, acceso a sitio paleontológico, vianda y botella de agua..
Not included: -.
Difficulty: Media..
Available languages: Español, inglés..

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