Within the 1880-hectare Monumento Natural Provincial Bosque Petrificado Sarmiento you can see the tremendous geologic changes that shook this region 65 million years ago during the Cenozoic Era. Scattered across a lunar landscape surrounded by colored mountains are the petrified remains of coniferous and palm trees that had forested these plains. Three hiking circuits take visitors into this world: the Cicuito Chico (duration: 1.25 hours) and the longer Valle de Luna and Cerro Colorado trails. Standing amid the silent desolation of this landscape, it is hard to imagine the tropical world this once was.
38 kilometers (24 mi) southeast of Sarmiento
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The road to Monumento Natural Provincial Bosque Petrificado Sarmiento is gravel paved. The park may be reached with private car, remis from Sarmiento (up to three persons with 1.5 hour wait $30) or on tour with Santa Teresita. Some agencies in C
Monumento Natural Provincial Bosque Petrificado Sarmiento was formerly called Bosque Petrificado JosĂ© Ormacheta. The park has rangers to help orient visitors.
The road to Monumento Natural Provincial Bosque Petrificado Sarmiento is gravel paved. The park may be reached with private car, remis from Sarmiento (up to three persons with 1.5 hour wait $30) or on tour with Santa Teresita. Some agencies in Comodoro Rivadavia also offer excursions to the park.
Relative price: Mid-Range
Open Hours from:October-March 8 a.m., April-September 9 a.m.
Open Hours to:October-March 8 p.m., April-September 6:30 p.m.
Travel Skills: beginner/easy.
You Need to Bring:
Water and snacks; hat, sun screen and other solar protection; comfortable walking shoes.
Learn about the regionâ€™s history at Museo Regional Desiderio Torres, Parque TemĂˇtico PaleontolĂłgico Valle de los Gigantes and Sala HistĂłrica de Malvinas. Visit the farms on the townâ€™s outskirts. Go fishing in the RĂo Senguer or Lago Musters. Check out Alero de Manos Pintadas and Sarasola lava tunnel.
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