Enciso route

Some of the most interesting and easy-to-find sites are found in Enciso

This village in La Rioja is the ideal spot for beginning our journey. Some of the most interesting and easy-to-find sites are found within the town limits. The services of a group of experienced, specialized guides  are also available to us here. 

Our starting point for the route will be Enciso, 72 kilometers from Logroño.  The Virgen del Campo site is located 400 meters from the bridge over the Cidacos River. Here we can view numerous fossilized theropod tracks, both separate and forming trails, some of them well preserved.  At the top of a hill, only 2.2 kilometers away, we can visit the La Senoba site. Ten trails formed by theropods, ornithopods and iguanodontids can be clearly identified there.  The Valdecevillo site is just 1.9 kilometers from the bridge over the Cidacos River and features four tracks of a single, very well preserved theropod trail.  There are also fossil tracks left by another theropod, several iguanodontids, a sauropod and other imprints made by a Brontopadus dinosaur.

One of the most interesting stops on this route is Parque de Paleoaventura El Barranco Perdido (Lost Ravine Paleoadventure Park): located next to the main sites in Enciso, this amusement and adventure park is all about dinosaurs, offering families the chance to spend an entire day learning and enjoying themselves in equal measure. The facilities are very spacious and include swimming pools with a Cretaceous period beach theme, and a 3D projection that is a fantastic way to enjoy learning about the life of dinosaurs, jumping off the screen to fascinate the youngest explorers. The park also has plenty of options for adventure activities: zip lines (tirolinas), climbing walls, archery, water sports, performances...everything to turn the kids into paleontologist adventurers for a day.

One of the most appealing areas in the park is the Laboratorio del Tiempo (Time Lab), a space designed with all the latest technology that enables children to work on an archaeological site, collecting data as if they were genuine paleontologists. Then they take their data to the laboratory for processing in order to find out what kind of dinosaur was hiding behind the remains and tracks they found. In performing this task children often end up teaching adults what they know about these animals that fascinate them. In many cases they know much more than their parents or teachers. The new feature this year is the inauguration of the giant dry toboggan run, “El Cuello del Braquiosaurio (The Brachiosaurus' Neck)". The ride  goes through the park and ensures that all that learning is accompanied by a healthy dose of fun and adrenaline. Everything is designed to turn young and old alike into paleontologist adventurers for a day.

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