A place like no other: a stone rising over 200 meters above the steppe is the perfect excuse for a ride and –why not?-for a dose of adventure.
Not many kilometers separate Esquel
from Piedra Parada Protected Natural Area, a magical nook in the Patagonian steppe where a stone rises proudly over 200 meters above the ground. It amazes watchers and invites adventurers to face the challenge of climbing it, provided they have previous experience.
We left the city of Esquel and followed Route 40. After 17 kilometers, we took the detour into Provincial Route 12. We traveled another 65 kilometers and took a gravel road that leads to the village of Gualjaina, very close to Piedra Parada
-which stands for “Standing Stone” in Spanish. We went to this location by car but shuttles may be hired at the local travel agencies, which also provide lunch boxes and specialized guides.
This huge stone, which formerly constituted the wall of a volcano, is bordered by the Chubut River and offers the ideal scenery to enjoy trekking and gorgeous panoramic views. The site also features cave paintings.