How do you put a numerical rating on something that is campy fun but not necessarily everyone's idea of fun? I'll call it a 3/5 stars. The idea of this park is cool . . . see the paleontological finds where they were found and let people hike to them. At least I think that was the idea. The man working at the desk and only apparent employee on site didn't speak English and didn't give us a map or any instructional information, so we were relegated to reading the signs which were mostly in Spanish (a language my daughter, who was my traveling companion, speaks), although there were some in English. The layout has you go on a long hike that can potentially turn into a longer hike when you aren't given a map. So the first part of the hike was easy to figure out and there is a certain sense of adventure and excitement when you discover the first "find" under a small glass pyramid. You hike and see the next find, etc. However, it quickly become apparent that the finds weren't necessarily found there. In fact, at least one wasn't even found in South America. Some appear not even to be real finds but painted replicas. That's probably a good thing since they weren't maintained, with the glass of the protective pyramid being broken or missing for some items. That's especially true if you do the "extended hike" that my daughter and I did. After getting to an area with several "Pyramids of Faux-Finds" were clumped together, we saw another one off in the distance. After a longish uphill hike, we were led to what was probably once one of the exhibits but had been long since abandoned. The sign was down, the glass was completely gone and sandy soil covered whatever the find was supposed to be. Looking straight up hill from there was a sign. A relatively treacherous hike for this non-hiker led to (yet another) nice view of the valley and some information, but no more exhibits. It then became clear that there was no loop back to the exit, just a retracing of our steps. A wee bit disappointing, especially since it feels like a map would have saved us a lot of effort and potential sun burn. Overall, we had fun. We laughed about how they really could have just stuck this stuff (assuming it was real) in a room in a museum and been done with it since the finds weren't found there. We can now say that we (unintentionally) hiked in Patagonia and we did enjoy the scenic walk, especially the parts were we found fossils of our own. It's a great time with the right attitude. Note that this is not a very accessible park for the physically disabled or those who become grumpy in the sun, wind or rain (we got all 3 weather conditions during our hike).
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