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“Disappointing and poorly maintained ”

Ranked #5 of 9 things to do in Gaiman
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Reviewed 16 January 2015 via mobile

Very little us invested in this outdoor museum. The signs to get there are small and inaccurate. We walked on a 2 km trail. The sites were covered with glass but sometimes broken. No English explanation. The larger signs had English but it was hard to relate them to the surrounding area. A lot of walking for very little.

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Reviewed 26 November 2014

So, any way, about a half hour into your walk you'll notice odd light effects around the sun, as the wind rasps and the burning glare creates mirages all around you and a vulture circles overhead. Off in the distance you glimpse Conan the Barbarian deep in contemplation on the Tree of Woe as T.E. Lawrence staggers past... Lee Van Cleef chews a cheroot, his hook-nosed steely glare regards you coolly from beneath a black Stetson...

But seriously. It's a beautiful, if sere landscape and a fascinating look at the Tertiary period in Patagonian geology and palaeontology with numerous fossil cetaceans and extinct marsupials and large extinct New World rhinos and the like. It's a wonderful place to see what fossils look like in situ on the desert floor before being collected by palaeontologists.

But it is hot, and exposed, and in spots the track is treacherous and covered with fine gravel, so be aware of your surroundings and hold your child's hand. Signs ask that you respect the local wildlife, and while we did so for the most part, there were a couple large, nasty biting flies that I had to respect in their own special way. Use common sense if there is a strong wind or heavy weather of any kind and just don't go. It's a great place on a cool day with adequate supplies of water, hats for the sun, and good walking shoes with adequate tread, but it's a wilderness area with limited help nearby, so don't go expecting you'll be happy in flipflops with no water, because you most emphatically will not.

Thank Jamie B
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Looked like a good place to visit, the view of the sierras was great from the gate, would have loved to go for a trekking there for a while, but while at the MEF they told us it was open, when we got there everything was closed.

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

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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