Just over three miles out of Sucre sit some of the world’s oldest known genuine dinosaur footprints, set in the cliffs of Cal Orck’o. Some 68 million years ago these cliffs were flat, walked over by many dinosaurs, and over time, the climate change of volcanic movement and huge floods have pushed these flat wastelands into enormous cliff faces which now display these footprints. Over 5,000 individual footprints are now displayed from at least 8 different species of dinosaur.
The park itself is relatively small, so you really don’t need any more than 2 or 3 hours to see everything twice. Don’t let that put you off, it really is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon observing these footprints alongside the touristy model dinosaurs, complete with museum, kids’ play area and gift shop. The park preserves the prints and gives the opportunity for visitors to see these impressive archaeological artefacts. Included in our entry price was a 30 min English guided tour.
The models throughout the park are life size and super impressive, and we had a lot of fun imagining what it would be like if dinos were still around. Of course, if you know that dinosaurs really aren’t your thing, then you could give it a miss, but the opportunity to see genuine dinosaur footprints was just too fascinating for us to skip. Some reviews say that you can’t get close to the footprints, which is true at present, so it is better to go on a sunny day to fully appreciate them.
However, when we were there our guide told us about future plans to create a walkway closer to the wall of prints to enable visitors to get up close. You won’t be allowed to touch the prints as the danger of erosion would spoil them, but we highly recommend a visit when it’s done. Until then, go and enjoy the models and the history. But be warned: you will have the theme tune for Jurassic Park stuck in your head for DAYS.