La Leona Petrified Trees
El Calafate tours and activities
.Season: + - October to april.
.Pick up time + - 09.00 AM
.Return to EL Calafate + - 05.00 PM
.Lasts: Full Day
.Difficulty: Suitable for people older than 06 years. Not suitable for people with mobility problems.
.Physical Requirement: Medium physical fitness is required since the tour includes approximately 2 and a half hours, discontinuous walk in irregular terrain.
.Outfit: Sport shoes or trekking boots. Rubber and apres ski boots, as well as high heel shoes are not allowed. Comfortable sports wear, long trousers, warm sweater or pile, water or windproof jacket, sun glasses, sun block, gloves..
.Weather: Like all activity in the nature "all times" informed about duration of activities are approximate and depend largely on climatic factors always prioritizing comfort, safety and enjoyment of our customers
Departing from El Calafate, we turn left at "highway" 40 and drive North. We travel mostly trough open steppe with magnificent views of the lake Argentino, cross mighty Santa Cruz river, coast along the valley of La Leona river and panoramic sight of the Southern Andes and Mount Fitz Roy. We reach La Leona Hotel (hostorical landmark) and stay for 15 minutes. Continue west for other 10 km aong the southern shore of lake Viedma untill we get to Los Hornos hill.
Near the top starts a large depression formed by water erosion where most of the fossils can be found. Here our walk starts trough a loose, dry and claylike soil almost saturated with petrified wood that "sprouts" from the soil. Wind and water erosion takes place at a very fast rate, so every season
we encounter new surprises. We get to see tree trunks in diameters that range from 0.50 to 1.2 meters, heaps of fossillized broken bones and whole leg bones of large dinosaurs still in the process of identification. After 3 hours of walking about (including the time for lunch)we return to El Calafate the same way with stopover 15 minutes at Hotel La Leona.
.Transportation to and from your hotel in EL Calafate.
.Guided tour to the archeologial site.
.Childrens under 06 years not admited.
.Childrens under 12 years old 50% of the fare.
.In order to apply this discount to minors, a copy of the ID must be sent before.
.The tour guide can modify the itinerary or shorten the tour depending on the conditions of paths and weather in order to avoid accidents, thus making the best of each tour.
.Services begin and end at the passenger's accomodation within the City of EL Calafate .
.For hotels outside the El Calafate city area please enquire.
.Advanced reservations guarantee the realisation of the tour.
.Like all activity in the nature "all times" informed about duration of activities are approximate and depend largely on climatic factors always prioritizing comfort, safety and enjoyment of our customers