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Deseado Department, Argentina

Jaramillo Petrified Forest

Conifers from the Jurassic Period transformed into stone in Patagonia. 

Discovered in 1925 and turned into a nature reserve in 1954, the Jaramillo Petrified Forest (otherwise known as Monumento Natural Bosques Petrificados de Jaramillo) contains ancient fossilized monkey puzzle trees and conifers dating to the Jurassic Period.

Although very rare, other petrified forests can be found in the United States in California, and Arizona, elsewhere in Argentina, and on the island of Lesbos, Greece.

Know Before You Go

From Puerto Deseado, take National Route 3 north to Provincial Route 49.