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An imposing rock formation of 210 meters high stands solitary in the middle of a wide ravine, on the banks of the Chubut River. We tell you why she's famous.
In the distance, rocky cords draw a hoop that frames it in the middle of the arid Patagonian steppe. La Piedra Parada, at the northwest end of Chubut and an hour and a half from Esquel, is home to millions of years of geological, archaeological and paleontological memory.
The “Natural Protected Area Piedra Parada” is located between the towns of Gualjaina and Paso del Sapo, just 127 kilometers west of Esquel. S is reached by a zigzagging path that allows you to walk it as if you are heading towards an anthill.
From west to east, the Chubut River runs parallel to RP 12 between Gualjaina and Paso del Sapo, when halfway through this magnificent and mysterious mass of 210 meters high: the Parada Stone. Survivor of so many geological movements, a safeguard of countless minerals, a living record that moves those who admire him in photographs, and those who virtually searches satellite imagery and strives to size it in all its glory.
What today is described as a giant canyon that has the shape of an irregular polygon from the sky was the caldera of a prehistoric volcano whose mouth, after a monumental eruption, reached 25 kilometers. The subsequent thawing of the mountain ice nourished the area with endless colorful minerals, many of which now open to the attentive sight of those who investigate their jaws. And some others survive in the rocky depth, safe from human curiosity.
More here in time, on the outskirts of what was the mouth of the volcano, forming a black hill, volcanic glass emerged from the depths of the earth and solidified as it cooled. This material was used by the first settlers of the area to make tips to their arrows. The glass material was also used to make scrapers that allowed to clean the meat from the hides of animals, which would later provide the imperative shelter to face the coldest days, which in the area are truly cold.
Tehuelchecave paintings , with records of flowers and dots that refer to the journey of the deceased to the sky, complement this amalgam which brings together in one place the volcanic explosion of millions of years ago with
Publication Date: 01/06/2020