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La Leona Petrified Forest Hiking Tour from El Calafate

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    What to Expect
    After hotel pickup in El Calafate, travel with your guide by air-conditioned coach for an approx. 21-mile (33-km) drive along Route 40, which offers breathtaking scenery. Admire Argentino Lake, Santa Cruz and La Leona rivers, and sweeping views of the impressive Andes mountains, including the snow-blown jagged peaks of Fitz Roy, the highest mountain in Los Glaciares National Park.

    Make a brief rest stop at the historic site of Hotel La Leona, built in 1894 by Danish immigrants. Hear about the mauling incident that earned the area its name, La Leona, meaning the lioness, and find out which famous characters passed through this hotel and rest stop, including Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and his wife, Ethel Place.

    Continue by coach along the southern bank of Lake Viedma and disembark near the slopes of Cerro Los Hornos. After a safety briefing, follow your guide and begin your easy 7-mile hike (round-trip) to the Petrified Forest of La Leona.

    Explore an arid and windy steppe of surreal landscapes and reach a massive natural depression in the ground, spanning approx. 1,977 acres (800 hectares). Your guide shares how this area once enjoyed a humid climate and was flush with forests, which volcanic eruptions and the changing climate buried and preserved underground.

    Wind and water erosion exposed these tree trunks and, making your way along narrow paths, you’ll discover petrified logs, some with a diameter of almost 4 feet (1.2 meters), as well as dinosaur fossils.

    About an hour into the hike, stop for a break and dig into your box lunch including a veggie tart, ham-and-cheese sandwich, fruit, candy and bottled water. (Vegetarian meals are available upon request; please indicate any dietary restrictions at time of booking.)
Walk back to the starting point and return to El Calafate by bus, making a stop in La Leona before being dropped off at your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    El Calafate, El Calafate, Province of Santa Cruz, Patagonia

    Traveler pickup is offered
    This is not an exhausted hotel list. If you do not see your location here, please indicated where are going to stay.
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Bottled water and lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Minimum age is 6 years
    • Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
    • It is recommended that you bring sunblock and wear comfortable clothes and shoes
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Seasonal tour operating October to April
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Nice way to spend the day - highly recommended . The walk itself is about 2 hours and is very easy (it’s not 7 miles - more like 3). Fascinating fossilised trees , interesting and beautiful scenery. Nice coffee stop on the way there and back. The driving itself probably takes
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    This place was cool albeit pretty barren. We saw Guanaco and fought a stiff wind to get around the track. The hike isn't for the faint of heart or those afraid off heights. Reminded me a lot of the badlands of South Dakota USA. Having said that, our guides Rosy and Edwardo
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