Ichthyosaur Hunt

3 Expedition Days on the Ichthyosaur tracks

THE ICHTHYOSAUR GRAVEYARD IN TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK is one of the world's most significant fossil finds of marine reptiles from the Cretaceous period, according to the team of glaciologists who discovered it in 2004. The site, exposed just recently as the Patagonian Ice Field receded, contains many nearly fully preserved ichthyosaur skeletons as well as numerous other fossils. Come see it with your own eyes!

3 Trekking Days
+ Transportation

2 Camping Nights
+ All Meals

2 Professional Guides
+ Team of Porters

*Please note that for the safety of all participants, the specialized guide has full authority to cancel or modify the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions, guests' compromised health, or any other unexpected event. In addition, the ichthyosaur graveyard is only accessible under certain weather conditions and counting with a special permit from the park rangers. This is an expedition, and just like all expeditions, the chance of unforeseen situations subsists. 

Itinerary

DAY 1: Grey - Pingo - Zapata

Night in Camping Zapata
A transfer will pick you up in the early morning from your accommodation in Puerto Natales to get to the western entrance of Torres del Paine National Park. We will start our hike in a valley bordering the Pingo river until we enter the rain forest. Many interesting species find shelter in this forest which is one of the last forests of the park that has not been affected by fires. 15km of very muddy grounds and a beautiful waterfall later, we reach Zapata campsite, which will be our base camp for the following days.

Time: 6-7 hours
Distance: 15 km (9 miles)
Elevation Gain: 550 m (1,800 ft)
Difficulty: medium

DAY 2: Ichthyosaur Hunt

Night in Camping Zapata
This day, we leave in the early morning with a day pack on the hunt for the ichthysaur fossil. Spread over some distance flanking the lateral moraine of receding Patagonian Southern Ice Fields, the ichthyosaur graveyard awaits us.

Time: 3 hours round trip
Distance: 5 km (3 miles)
Elevation Gain: 50 m (160 ft)
Difficulty: medium


DAY 3: Zapata - Pingo - Grey

Night in Puerto Natales
Breaking camp in the early morning to undertake our way back to civilization. 15 km hike and 2 hours drive later, we will be back in Puerto Natales.

Time: 6-7 hours
Distance: 15 km (9 miles)
Elevation Loss: 550 m (1,800 ft)
Difficulty: medium

**MIX AND MATCH: all of our excursions are adjustable and interchangeable. Let us know what excursions call your attention and let's work together to create the perfect itinerary for you!

For the ultimate geopaleo experience:

GEOPALEO CRUSADE

This 5 day trip is designed for geology and paleontology dorks who want to explore Patagonia through a scientific lens. Madre Roca invites you to rediscover Patagonia as the land of giants it once was during the Paleolithic age.

Duration: 5 days
Difficulty: medium
Rate: from USD $5,960 (for 2 people)