Origins of Life: Hiking through the Geology of Patagonia’s Lake Sarmiento

Level: Medium – Easy
Duration: Half Day

Discover ancient geological formations on this hiking tour in Patagonia. Unearth thousands of years of geology on this tour based around the shores of Lake Sarmiento in Patagonia. Here you can discover rare formations that reflect the beginnings of the Earth’s history. A 40-minute drive takes us from the hotel to our starting point, for a varied trek over both flat and slightly steeper terrain before we hit the shores of Lake Sarmiento.

This expanse of water is very special and the home of formations called thrombolites, which were formed early on in the history of the world’s geology. The conditions needed for them to be created are a precise balance between climatic conditions, alkaline levels in the water and wildlife in the area amongst others. There are very few sites in the world where thrombolites are found.

There is also much resident wildlife which occasionally accompanies us and in the springtime, vibrant colors from a variety of wildflowers. After the hiking tour, we will go back to the comforts of the Tierra Patagonia Adventure Spa hotel, a sustainable luxury eco-lodge situated on the shores of the Sarmiento Lake, with amazing views of the Paine Massif. We offer allinclusive programs which include transfers, meals and daily guided excursions as well as an indoor pool and spa for relaxing after a day of  exploring in Torres del Paine.

Learn more about the fascinating Geology of Torres del Paine National Park and surrounding areas


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