La Leona Petrified Forest, El Calafate

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Trek across the steppe landscape of La Leona Petrified Forest, to find fossils and other interesting geological features. Inspect large petrified tree trunks, some of which date back 70 million years, in a land where dinosaur fossils are still being discovered. Explore the Patagonian steppe, offering views of the famous surrounding mountain ranges, as part of a walking tour, and bring your camera to capture the otherworldly scenery. Use our El Calafate itinerary planner to arrange your visit to La Leona Petrified Forest and other attractions in El Calafate.
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Where to stay in El Calafate

El Calafate offers abundant lodgings, from budget-friendly guesthouses to four-star hotels. Top beds sell out well before the peak season (October to April, and especially December to February), so it's a good idea to reserve in advance if you plan to visit during that time. Spontaneous travelers without prior arrangements can look for youth hostels, many of which are located just outside of town. To stay in comfort without burning a hole in your wallet, consider vacationing here during the low season, when most hotels offer deep discounts.
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  • This is an amazing place. I took the bus from San Juan here and took a night trip, because I was told the there would be a great moon. It was ok, but not exactly what I expected. So the next day, I to...  more »
  • We were a little hesitant on how our experience would turn out, but we were delighted with what we saw. Accessing private land, the walk through the valley is fascinating for its geology and history. ...  more »
  • You can only access this piece of land with a tour as the petrified trees and dinosaur bones are on private land, half-way between Calafate and Chalten. If you plan on staying in both Calafate and Cha...  more »