La Leona Petrified Forest
La Leona Petrified Forest
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Erin B
New York City, NY126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We did this on our second day in Argentina and it remained one of our top highlights throughout our 2.5 week trip! I has high expectations for this experience and it exceeded them. The landscape is so beautiful and we had a wonderful time walking through the forest, learning about the fossils, and overall having fun taking pictures with them. It was like a playground with petrified trees! Prepare for the possibility of strong wind - wear layers because it can be cold while windy but hot in the sun. Bring good shoes - I suggest regular sneakers at minimum (I appreciated my hiking sneakers), a hat, and water. The walk is not too challenging but it is steep in some sections. We booked a tour with Morresi Viajes - highly recommend. Easy to communicate with, kind, and wonderful guides. We were picked up in El Calafate and they arranged our transfer to El Chalten. Lunch was included and delicious. Everything went smoothly and I could not have asked for a better day or introduction to Patagonia.
Written 5 February 2023
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Barbs25
Staffordshire, UK3,572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This place was just unreal and very much a hidden gem. Thanks to our amazing walk Patagonia tour guides for including this in our itinerary as in my research for Patagonia I never saw this.
We spent around 3hrs in total walking through this 80-100 million year old site. It’s hard to describe and like no other landscape I’ve ever seen. It’s like something out of space, incredible rock formations throughout. Then the most amazing part, the dinosaur bone fossils are beyond amazing. So hard to get your head around the scale, from size to age it’s just so rare to see this. They’re only smaller fragments but still amazing to see. The guide said the biggest one found in the area was a 65 tonne titanosaurus! So hard to fathom. We also saw 70 million year old tree trunk fossils, just wowww.
It was so interesting I couldn’t recommend this trip enough.
Just a note it’s very windy so take sunglasses to stop the dust going in your eyes and even a buff is good to cover your mouth.
Written 2 May 2022
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1962globetrotter
Lutterworth, UK322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Enjoyed our day trip here to see the remains of dinosaur bones and a 90 million year old petrified forest. Before the kids get too excited about seeing dinosaurs, these are just a few bones - I think the paleontologists have taken the best bits. Also, when it's billed as a 'forest', it's more like some large logs sprinkled about.
That said, it was an enjoyable day out, aided by a good guide who was able to paint a knowledgeable picture of how the landscape was formed and how the petrification would have happened. We walked for 2 or 3 hours and stopped for a picnic in the hills, as a small group, and it was tastefully done with no more than about 20 tourists a day allowed, so as not to spoil the terrain. Very informative - just manage your expectations as you won't see bones and trees galore
Written 29 January 2020
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Ron S
Bogota, Colombia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This place is not highly promoted by the tours in town, but definitely not to be missed. The terrain is unreal with a landscape unlike any we've seen. Our guide was amazing as she shared the history and culture of the area. Yes...there are REAL dinosaur bones and fossils you can actually pick up and hold there. The hike is not as strenuous as it would seem. Don't miss this place!
Written 3 January 2020
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s and t
Woking, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
What an amazing experience & so different to everything else we'd seen in El Calafate. Journey to petrified forest was great - we were a small group (4 women - the other two we met were lovely too which helped make the trip) In the bus Leo, our first class guide & the driver were willing to stop to satisfy our want of plenty of photo opportunities - took in part of route 40 & saw guanacos, rheas and condors. The walk though the area was a stunning lunar landscape, full of interesting shapes & rock formations. Leo was informative & knowledgeable & we appreciated the fact his English was excellent (much better than our spanish!) It felt a real privilege to be so close to petrified dinasaur bones & the petrified trees. It was also startlingly silent - a beautiful experience amongst such vastness. The walk was at an easy pace in part as we were all just in awe of what we were seeing. We also had free time to explore when we stopped for lunch. All in all a great day out.
Written 26 October 2019
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Tasta
Hadera, Israel765 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I enjoyed every single moment on this trek. Thanks to our guide Leo we not only saw a lot of nature wonders and wowed over the views, but learned some things about the place and its history.
I want to thank Leo again for being so attentive to our needs, even if somebody was too slow or the other stopped to much to take one hundred more pictures.
My hottest recommendations for this trek.
Written 17 October 2019
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Adrian B
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
This area is amazing. Walk among dinosaur remains and tree trunks that have turned to stone. Wind through the bullets and channels and immerse yourself in what would have been a prehistoric playground. If it's not on your itinerary then it should be.
Written 2 July 2019
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Paige615
Townsville, Australia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We have been travelling around South America for 4 weeks and this tour is absolutely one of our highlights. We are a young active couple who love hiking and this was one of my favourite days. The scenery is stunning and the fact that you are walking around finding dinosaur fossils and trees that are millions of years old is fascinating. Our guide Leo was amazing and knowledgeable. We were the only people there and he took us on side routes because we had time to explore. 100% one of the hidden treasures in El Calafate. If I could rate this tour higher I would!
Written 20 March 2019
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Alesia-Evgeniy
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
We took the tour with Morresi Viajes. Leonardo did his best to guide us and to tell everything in a clear and informative way. We had an opportunity to see, to smell, to touch and even to lick some millions year old trees and bones. Unforgettable experience. Thousands of photos. And the best memories. Highly recommended.
Written 25 January 2019
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Millet02
Atlanta, GA512 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
We went here to see the petrified forest, with company Morresi Viajes. They're not the only ones who sell the tour but were mentioned the most in reviews.

The place itself is sort of interesting, nice geologic formations and some amount of petrified wood and one dinosaur bone, but on windy days the trails are tough. Lots of grit blowing, plus the trails are narrow and on lots of ledges so you really have to pay attention and be ready for wind gusts to avoid getting literally blown over the edge.

As for the tour company, thumbs down. Our guide, Leo, struck me as very condescending and patronizing in conversation. His English is okay but not fluent, and he is a constant joker - not a serious word the whole day. He would run ahead of the group, walking very fast with the 3 people who could keep up, leaving everyone else strung out on the narrow, windy trail for up to 200 meters behind him. Then he would stand and wait wherever he stopped for however long it took everyone to catch up, instead of staying with the main group and making sure everyone was okay. Also, because you eat in the canyon, you have to carry your lunch on the hike - take a backpack or bag to carry it!

Even though the wind was blowing 20+ mph the day we visited, the guide insisted we sit in the canyon and eat lunch though we were only a 20 minute walk from the van, with the end result that our food was full of grit and we had so much sand on our clothes and hair from sitting it fell off like we had been at the beach! Lunch was ham and cheese sandwich, apple, water, and a cookie.

Overall, this is an okay place and if you've never seen a petrified forest this is a good start but really, it's a long trip for not much, especially with Morresi Viajes.
Written 17 January 2019
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