SEE THE PETRIFIED FOREST

Ruta Nacional 3, Province de Chubut, Argentine

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The Petrified Forest “The Pyramid” is situated within the ranch “Las Mercedes”, at 30 km. from the town. It is a living proof of how the landscape looked some 60 million years ago when Patagonia was an orchard before the Andes rose high. You arrive in a 4WD to the starting point of a walk through the forest towards The Pyramid. On the way it is common to come across guanacos, armadillos, nandus, foxes and skunks. As you continue walking, the scenery changes until it appears to be a lunar landscape. You find yourself among different fossil trees, wood changed into hard and colorful rock. Opal, which has replaced the original organic material of the tree, gives it a special shine. You can see the tree’s growth rings and its bark. In some cases you can still see the layer of ashes that covered the trunk during the process of fossilization. The path continues all the way up to a high point from where we can enjoy a wonderful view of the immense Patagonia steppe and it’s silence and tranquility.

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