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Petrified forest: what the wind left us

They always say that the wind takes everything, but this wouldn't be the case. Did you know that the Patagonian plateau has the largest petrified forest in the world?


30 kilometers from the city of Sarmiento, in the province of Chubut, is the largest petrified forest in the world. Yeah, just like you read! The largest with its 300 square kilometers and an attractively mysterious physiognomy. There, the Patagonian wind so well makes itself felt. However, tourists from the world come to know the remains of what was once a forest of Araucanos.

Its trees were green 65 million years ago, and today they are part of the world's largest geological reserve. Nicknamed José Ormachea, in honor of his discoverer, this park bears witness to prehistoric times. The beauty of different petrified sites and the silence of their surroundings transport visitors to an era of dinosaurs and hominids.

Trunks, branches, leaves, chips and petrified seeds are some of the remains that can be found in this natural monument. Declared as a protected natural area since 1927, this petrified forest is one of the attractive most important tourist attractions in southern Chubut.

What you need to know

To reach the petrified forest from Comodoro Rivadavia, take Provincial Route 20. Known for its desert landscape and gravel footprints. So, passing Lake Musters, and bordering the Senguer River, tourists get to the Park.

The tourist circuit has an extension of two kilometers that you manage to travel in a couple of hours. The trails are marked with fossil remains and signs that the guides insist on respecting.

During the tour, it is possible to appreciate not only the wonderful petrified trunks but also exotic formations such as the Lunar Valley and the Colored Cerros. Also, the fauna that accompanies the environment natural. Small herds of guanacos, gray foxes, as well as pinches Patagonian and small choiques , are possible to appreciate in this visit.

If the Patagonian climate does not accompanies, tourists can visit the interpretation center located at the entrance of the reservation. There, there are paleontological and archaeological remains of the region.

Publication Date: 28/12/2019

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