It is a full day excursion, with transfer provided from your accommodation to La Leona Roadhouse, located halfway between El Calafate and El Chalten.
This tour is for all those who like outdoor activities and adventure and are willing to discover new places. Average fitness is required as the tour includes approximately 3hrs of discontinuous walking on irregular ground.
It departs from El Calafate, traveling 33 km via Route No. 11 to the east and then 67 km to the north on National Route 40. During this journey, you will see: Lago Argentino, Santa Cruz River, La Leona River and its beautiful valley, with panoramic views of the Andes Mountains, including Mount Fitz Roy.
After a stop of about 15 minutes in the Hotel La Leona (historical site), the tour continues 10 km to the west, along the south shore of Lago Viedma, up to the slopes of Cerro Los Hornos (Estancia Santa Teresita), where the group arrives around 12:00 pm.
We see for the first time the huge depression in the ground where there are petrified trees and right there begins the trek of exploration between fossils. Once we reach half the way, we will stop for lunch. Throughout the walk will be able to see lots of petrified trees lying on the surface, some of them with a diameter of 1.20 meters, these incredible pieces are testimony of ancient times when the weather was very different from today, supporting an abundant flora in the region. Occasionally fossils of different types of dinosaurs are exposed.
The return starts at about 2pm, with a new stop in the roadhouse Hotel La Leona, arriving at Calafate around 4.30pm. The tour runs every day with a minimum of two passengers and is subjected to weather conditions.