Parque Cretácico (Cal Orck’o)

sights / Historic

Parque Cretácico (Cal Orck’o) information

Prices
admission B$30
Opening hours
9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun
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It seems that 65 million years ago the site of Sucre’s Fancesa (Fabrica Nacional de Cemento SA) cement quarry, 5km north of the center, was the place to be for large, scaly types. When the grounds were being cleared in 1994, plant employees uncovered a nearly vertical mudstone face bearing about 5000 tracks of at least eight different species of dinosaur – the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the world.

Though you can see some of the prints from outside, entering the family-friendly Cretaceous Park gives a better panorama; the best light for photographs is during the afternoon. This slick theme park has a number of life-size models of dinosaurs, as well as an audio-visual display, optional guided tours and a restaurant. From the terrace, you can examine the tracks on the rock face opposite with binoculars, though the exposed prints are increasingly eroded with every passing winter.

Micro 4 (B$1.50) runs from the center past the site, tell the driver where you want to get off.