Fallen giants scatter the pale sandstone landscape at this petrified forest, 30km southeast of Sarmiento. The forest, brought here by strong river currents from the mountainous regions about 65 million years ago, has logs 100m in length and 1m wide. For travelers, this area is much more accessible than the Monumento Natural Bosques Petrificados further south.
Go with your own rental car, or ask at the tourist office in Sarmiento for remise (taxi) rates for the 1½-hour roundtrip. Try to stay through sunset, when the striped bluffs of Cerro Abigarrado and the multihued hills turn brilliantly vivid.
The eager staff at Sarmiento’s tourist office can provide remise rates, maps and lodging information.