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Bosque Petrificado La Leona (La Leona Petrified Forest)
Avenida Libertador 932 Local 08 y 09 | Entre Calles Perito Moreno y Espora, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
2902 492276
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in El Calafate
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
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“Different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The trip wasn't quite what i expected but it was certainly different and interesting. It was great to be in a smaller group and away from the main tourist attractions, I feel it made my visit to Calafate more unique.

Visited February 2013
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“PALEONTOLOGIST for a day!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

we did La Leona on our way to Chalten! we called MORRESI VIAJES and we arranged to meet guide in Parador La Leona! that is where we met our amazing guide MIGUEL ALONSO who was informative & very fun!
we drove for 30mins with some great faraway views if Mount Fitz Roy until we crossed into a private ranch! then..THE MOON!
we walked for 3 hrs across THOUSANDS of huge dino bones & fossil araucaria trees! if you are hoping to see reconstructions (like one if the previous reviews) better go to a museum! it is a wonderful hike with just 1 mild climb! my 8 year old was in front of the group of the time so it is doable for anyone willing to experience the most amazing excursion we've done in years! and we've done many!!! Do NOT miss it!

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Sedona, Arizona
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“Am I on the moon!?!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This petrified forest almost makes you feel like you are on a moonscape, but then you see the petrified wood and bones and think differently. Can spend as much or as little time as you like here. Do not visit after a rain or during rain storm or you will be in mud. It is private property so you make arrangements to be allowed on the property.

Visited March 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Bosque Petrificado La Leona is worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We recently took this tour which we booked through Morresi Viajes next to the big supermarket on Libertador Ave. in El Calafate. On the day we went there were no other bookings so we had a private tour. We give them credit for not cancelling it as we are sure they would have lost money providing a car, driver and guide for only 2 people at no extra cost. The tour included transportation directly from our hotel and a good boxed lunch. Our guide Eduardo was very informative and he spent the entire drive to the site telling us about life in Argentina. Although he is Argentinian he was educated in America so he spoke perfect English. Once we arrived his excellent knowledge of the site was obvious.

The site is best described as badlands and takes about 3 hours to see. The landscape in this valley is totally different than the surrounding area. For us the best part was the petrified trees scattered throughout. Some are broken up into pieces as if cut with a saw, with very visible rings while others are more intact like a whole tree trunk, bark and all. They have all turned to stone however and along with a few dinosaur bones are pretty well the only rocks in a predominantly dirt-clay landscape that is constantly eroding around them. We would recommend this tour for anyone as long as they don’t have mobility problems but it is easier than some of the hiking trails around El Chalten.

Overall we thought the tour was very interesting and well worth the money.

Visited March 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Great alternative to glaciers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Get ready to explore a completely different world from the glaciers. Dinosaur bones, rocks and petrified trees are abundant in this arid beautiful area. Interesting terrain going north from El Calafate toward El Chalten along with guanacos and mountains on the horizon. This excursion better suited for more physically fit; however, there are steps in more challenging inclines. Guide, Eduardo, was so informative, fun personality and nice group of fellow explorers.

Visited February 2013
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