Tourism in the park
The excursions in the Park let the visitors to enjoy the landscapes are made up of a height steppe and it propagates between 600 and 1,200 meters above the sea level, which gives the opportunity to also know a very singular and specific fauna and flora.
All the excursions are generated as full day or half day and are not allowed to overnight inside the Park.
Also, it is offered the proficiency of a guide and a meeting of induction at an interpretive Visitor Center.
It is an old house built by the Vidal family aiming to be a hostel. This building was modified and adapted to serve as interpretive center and attention to visitors who come to the Park and also as a workplace for scientists and researchers.
This center has information about Geology and Paleontology, as well as samples of rocks and fossils. In the same way, it offers to the visitors the possibility to prepare meals, hot water, bathrooms, electricity, living room, heating up for the comfort for the tourists.
In the park there are four general excursions:
The fossils circuit
This is the most extensive circuit in La Cumbre Baguales Geo- paleontological Park.
The circuit starts at the end of route No. 9 at the edge of the Baguales River and there is The Visitors Center at 700 meters and it takes for about 60 minutes to reach the first fossil outcrop known as the “Leaves Canyon”. Moreover, there is an outcrop of trunks and fossil leaves from an age of about 25 million years (Late Oligocene - Early Miocene) Leona River Formation. It stands out in this sector more than six species of Nothofagus fossil, which can be observed through its leaf imprints.
The excursion continues towards a viewpoint located at 1,200 meters above the sea level, from where you can have an overview of the whole place that emphasizes the "Tetas de las Chinas" Formation.
On the side of a cliff there is a place where is possible to observe lots of sharks’ teeth from the Eocene Age 40 million years ago. Near the site, you can see different types of fossilized mollusk belonging to this same period (Man Aike Formation)
From that place, the trip returns to the first road and you can see so a lot of outcrops of fossil trunks.
Basaltic dikes are distinguished around as walls, nearby it begins to appear different fossilized shellfish species, as well as leaves of plants with tropical characteristics of more than 40 million years.
The excursion lasts 4-5 hours and the route is designed for lower to medium level.
From the edge of the road or from the Visitors Center, there is an access -after a walk of more than one hour- to a canyon that shows an incredible upwelling of fossil leaves made up of different species, belonging to the Leona River Formation, Oligo-Miocene Age.
Furthermore, appears in at least six species of Nothofagus fossil, which currently does not exist in Patagonia and these rocks have been preserved of more than 25 million years.
From this canyon, located at 1,000 meters, there is an incredible view of the landscape that makes up Sierra Baguales.
It is also possible to climb up to the top of the ravine, where you can see petrified trunks with different forms and some of them in its life position.
After hiking around two hours, we returned to the Visitor’s Center.
From the Visitors Center walking for a period of 40 minutes along the Western Bank of the Baguales River, we reached a gorge which shows us a very interesting fossils outcrop.
It is a rock formation known as Estancia 25 de Mayo, which contains numerous remains of marine fauna, especially mollusks of different kinds and species such as oysters, bivalves and gastropods.
These fossils belong to a period called Miocene Age in which the Atlantic Ocean came to the area of Sierra Baguales and became known as the “Patagoniano Sea” having an age between 18 and 23 million years.
After an hour and a half excursion, we returned to the Visitors Center area.
Walking for about two hours, from the Visitors Center, we can access to the Rodas Lagoon through the scenery full of rocky peaks.
During the trip, it is possible to visit the Fossils Canyon that let observe the marine fossils aged between 18 and 23 million years, corresponding to an entry of the Atlantic Ocean during the Late Miocene.
Similarly, as we walked along the Eastern Bank of Baguales River, it is possible to visit and observe vestiges of the first Estancia established in this zone since the 1950s. The ruins of walls built with stones and some pens are remainders of this courageous family move into this region.
The Rodas Lagoon is a beautiful figure of water found at 1,000 meters above the sea level and offers the possibility of sport fly fishing. The lagoon owes its name to an old worker who lived more than 40 years in the region. It is surrounded by mountains that include Cono Hill and Torreón Hill both approximately 2000 meters.