Description of the La Leona Petrified Forest Excursion (Regular service from El Calafate) It is a full day excursion in the steppe area. Departure at 09.00 h. Estimated return 16.30.
It is aimed at all people who like outdoor activities and adventure, willing to discover new places. Average physical fitness is required since the tour includes approximately 3Hs., Of discontinuous walk on uneven terrain. It starts from El Calafate, traveling 33 km, along the provincial route No. 5 towards the East and then 67 km towards the North along the national route No. 40. During this journey
You can see the Argentino Lake, the Santa Cruz River, the La Leona River and its beautiful valley, with a panoramic view of the Andes Mountains, including Fitz Roy Hill. Stop for approximately 15 minutes at Hotel La Leona (historical site) and continue 10 km west, following the southern margin of Lake Viedma, until we reach the slope of Cerro Los Hornos (Estancia Santa Teresita), where we arrive around 12 : 00 hs.
We look for the first time at the enormous depression of the land where the petrified logs are and we begin our exploration walk among the fossils. Halfway through the tour we stop for lunch. Along the walk we will see a large number of petrified logs that lie on the surface, some with a diameter of 1.20 meters, testimony of ancient times where the weather was very different from today and allowed the support of an abundant flora and large. Occasionally fossil remains of different types of dinosaurs are discovered.
This property is protected from the wind by Cerro Los Hornos and being treated In addition to a natural depression of the terrain. Being in the steppe area it is very dry and the weather conditions in general are very pleasant.
We begin the return at 2:00 p.m. Approximately with a new stop at the “Parador” Hotel La Leona and we arrive in Calafate around 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 4 Galeria El Establo.
* Regular service from El Calafate: Transfer by bus, guide and bus services, Box Lunch, excursion insurance and access to paleontological site.