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In the National Park Petrificados Bosques de Jaramillo we live the prehistory

The petrified forest has the strength to tell the story of the planet.

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The Secretary of Tourism of Santa Cruz, Valeria Pellizza, stressed that “the petrified forest has the strength to tell the history of the planet. Santa Cruz has these places of magnificent scenery. They're always wonderful.”
With an area of 78,543 hectares, the protected area is comprised of the Natural Monument Bosques Petrificados (15,000 hectares), dating from 1954, and the Jaramillo National Park (63,543 hectares), created by law on December 27, 2012, located about 152 kilometers from Jaramillo, in the northeast of Santa Cruz. on the central plateau in the Deseado Massif.


The mayor of the protected area, Arnaldo Dalmasso, told Télam that Bosques Petrificados de Jaramillo “has an income of approximately 4000 people per year, of whom more than 30% are foreigners given that the site is listed in one of the Traveller Guides and recommend it also by the quality of service from its staff.”


The park preserves the integrity and permanence of fossil deposits, especially Jurassic conifers and archaeological and historical sites that demonstrate human occupation during the Holocene, when populations of hunters and gatherers inhabited the area.


The administrator of the protected area explained that “the most representative formations are Bajo Pobre, La Matilde, where is the Bosque, Baqueró and Madre e Hija, a volcano that lost its characteristics and is now a hill”.


On site, a Visitor Center has a museum, toilets and the beginning of the self-guided walking trail of 2000 meters of total extension, with a short option of 600 meters.
“ It presents an area of viewpoints to appreciate beautiful panoramic views and the imposing volcano Madre e Hija, 405 meters high, the highest point of the plateaus area,” he said.
The size of the logs attracts attention because they exceed mostly the meter in diameter, highlighting one that exceeds 2.80 meters, as well as “some retain their integrity without having expanded, being able to find large length, one of them 35 meters,” he said.


The site is reached by National Route 3 and Provincial Route 49, with which the junction is located at kilometer 2.074, 234 kilometers south from Caleta Olivia, or 600 kilometers north from Río Gallegos.


About 150 million years ago, during the Upper Middle Jurassic Period, the area occupied by this park presented a stable climate of great humidity that allowed the development of trees of giant size, among which stood out old relatives of the pehuenes or araucarias. <

Publication Date: 01/05/2019

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