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La Leona Petrified Forest

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Address: Av del Libertador 932 Local 8 & 9, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
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Highly recommended day trip in a fascinating landscape

Interesting walk on private land with a friendly, informative guide. We saw plenty of fossilised trees, dinosaur bones and "Star Wars- type" unusual rock formations, in an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting walk on private land with a friendly, informative guide. We saw plenty of fossilised trees, dinosaur bones and "Star Wars- type" unusual rock formations, in an impressive setting. We used this trip as a transfer between El Calafate and El Chalten, which worked well. We booked it with Walk Patagonia.

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the second time I visit La Leona Petrified Forest. I actually loved doing this for the second time rather than doing the mini trekking on Perito Moreno for the second time. The landscape in the petrified forest (semi-desert), with its rock and sediment formations, fossils, and petrified tree trunks is fascinating. The two-hour hike is wonderful (not recommended... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

felt like walking on the moon.. or mars..? faszinating details... especially the stony trunks, which I still did not get how it worked :-)

Thank arekuna
Feanwalden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016

beautifull environment nice ride and very interesting. always facinating how erosion shapes landscape. Nice to drive through Patagonia and see the wildlife there.

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Maputo, Mozambique
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2016

I went to the "Bosque Petrificado" about a week ago for some trekking. The place is not only a desertic area, but also a paleontological site where you can find dinosaurs' remains and different types of fossiles. Be sure to carry enough water, food, light clothes as well as sun block and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.... More 

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2016

While Kayaking the Rio La Leona, we stopped halfway for a stroll into these badlands, the 'petrified forest'. It was raining and extremely slippery so we could only walk between the hills through the mud. Besides the unique flora it is quite an interesting experience and sight to walk through. Reminded me a bit of the 'hoodoos' I have seen... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2016

I drove into the area. You turn off the main road opposite the La Leona Paradores and station, and drive about 10km on an unmade road that sometimes is easy to drive and sometimes fully of rocks that require care to avoid damaging tyres. There is also a hazardous looking bridge to cross before you get to the area where... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2015

It is a time travel, discovering hide treasures. Feel the spirit of Indiana Jones!! Unforgettable and highly recommended!!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2015

When we went to Patagonia last year we went to El Calafate for the glacier and wanted to go to El Chalten to hike Mt Fitz Roy. Most traveller takes a mini tour bus to get to-for between these 2 towns but I came to know about Bosque Petrificado La Leona from TA and decided to book a day tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2015

In addition to the glaciers and peaks, this is a different way of seeing the area. This petrified forest is a remarkable landscape. I held petrified dinosaur bones in my hands! Also, petrified dinosaur dung! Wow! Unusual photo opportunities that this dry, eroded landscape affords. This is a desert, though, and in a low area, so if peaks and trees... More 

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