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Walk in a petrified forest
Walk through an other-worldly barren rockscape to discover the petrified La Leona forest in Argentine Patagonia.
Millions of years ago, a forest thrived on what are now bare hills and plains fringing shores of Lake Viedma in the Argentina lake district. Over time, it became buried in sediment or volcanic ash, and the wood of the fallen trees was mineralised. Gradually these fossilised remains were exposed, and now you can take a walk to encounter the somewhat haunting petrified logs - along with dinosaur fossils – exposed to the open air and strewn over the barren ground. Just imagine how different the landscape was then, when a completely different climate was in charge.
To reach the start of your guided walk at la Leona you will take a scenic drive with views over the Fitz Roy massif and minty-fresh Lago Argentino, before reaching a surreal lunar rockscape of silvery boulders, natural sculptures and cliffs contorted by the wind. The petrified logs are scattered around in a natural depression sheltered from the gales, and remind you just how much the surface of the earth has changed over the millennia.
Activity Rating: easy
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Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.
Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant
It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.