- 8 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Walk through a lunar landscape strewn with petrified logs and dinosaur fossils on this El Calafate day trip to La Leona Petrified Forest. During an easygoing 7-mile (12-km) hike, learn about the area’s unique geological features from a knowledgeable guide. Beforehand, visit the historic Hotel La Leona, where mountaineers and bandits like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid once stayed. Enjoy air-conditioned coach transport between destinations and soak up views of Argentino Lake, Santa Cruz and La Leona rivers, and Mt Fitz Roy along the way.
- All necessary equipment included
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Enjoy fantastic aerial views
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Fully narrated tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Lunch included
- Professional guide
- Bottled water and lunch
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Air-conditioned vehicle
Departs from most El Calafate hotels
Returns to original departure point
Daily (October to April)
After hotel pickup in El Calafate, travel with your guide by air-conditioned coach for an approx. 21-mile (33-km) drive along Route 40, which offers breathtaking scenery. Admire Argentino Lake, Santa Cruz and La Leona rivers, and sweeping views of the impressive Andes mountains, including the snow-blown jagged peaks of Fitz Roy, the highest mountain in Los Glaciares National Park.
Make a brief rest stop at the historic site of Hotel La Leona, built in 1894 by Danish immigrants. Hear about the mauling incident that earned the area its name, La Leona, meaning the lioness, and find out which famous characters passed through this hotel and rest stop, including Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and his wife, Ethel Place.
Continue by coach along the southern bank of Lake Viedma and disembark near the slopes of Cerro Los Hornos. After a safety briefing, follow your guide and begin your easy 7-mile hike (round-trip) to the Petrified Forest of La Leona.
Explore an arid and windy steppe of surreal landscapes and reach a massive natural depression in the ground, spanning approx. 1,977 acres (800 hectares). Your guide shares how this area once enjoyed a humid climate and was flush with forests, which volcanic eruptions and the changing climate buried and preserved underground.
Wind and water erosion exposed these tree trunks and, making your way along narrow paths, you’ll discover petrified logs, some with a diameter of almost 4 feet (1.2 meters), as well as dinosaur fossils.
About an hour into the hike, stop for a break and dig into your box lunch including a veggie tart, ham-and-cheese sandwich, fruit, candy and bottled water. (Vegetarian meals are available upon request; please indicate any dietary restrictions at time of booking.)
Walk back to the starting point and return to El Calafate by bus, making a stop in La Leona before being dropped off at your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Minimum age is 6 years
- Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
- It is recommended that you bring sunblock and wear comfortable clothes and shoes
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Seasonal tour operating October to April
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Drastic landscape change of excursions done in the past few days where El Calafate is not just a Glacier tourist spot. The hike was easy for us but for people with walking inconvinience, we recommend that you opt this out. Once again, to visit anything marvellous in El Calafate, you have to spend some time to travel get there. At least, we stopped by Butch Cassidy's hideout. The guide was very informative and knowleadgable about the place especially the Petrified Forest, with the dinosaur bones and etc.
I highly recommend this tour. It was a nice change from the glacier tour we did the day before. We got to see a completely different landscape. Angel was a great tour guide. He was very knowledgable and did a great job. Even the ride from El Calafate was enjoyable. We could see Fitz Roy in the distance and the landscape couldn't be more beautiful. During the tour we got the opportunity to hold petrified bone and wood. Don't miss this tour.