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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 good makes itself felt. However, tourists from the world come to know the remains of what was once a forest of araucans.
Its trees were green 65 million years ago, and today they are part of the most important geological reserve in the world. Dubbed José Ormachea , in honor of his discoverer, this park is a witness of prehistoric times. The beauty of different petrified sites and the silence of their surroundings transport visitors to a time 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 most important tourist attractions in southern Chubut.
To reach the petrified forest from Comodoro Rivadavia , take Provincial Route 20. Known for its desert landscape and gravel treads. So, passing Lake Musters, and bordering the Senguer River, tourists manage to reach the Park.
The tourist circuit has an extension of two kilometers that can be traveled in a couple of hours. The trails are marked with fossil remains and signs that 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 Cerros Colorados . Also, the fauna that accompanies the natural environment. Small herds of guanacos, gray foxes , as well as Patagonian pinches and petisos choiques , are possible to appreciate on this visit.
If the Patagonian climate does not accompany, tourists can visit the interpretation center located at the entrance of the reserve. There, there are paleontological and archaeological remains of the region.
Publication Date: 28/12/2019
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