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Parque Nacional Los Cardones

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Address: Cachi, Argentina
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These ruins are relatively unknown and are very well preserved and set in...

These ruins are relatively unknown and are very well preserved and set in beautiful surrounds. The site is a small pukara similar to the Quilmes ruins and was an important strategic point for protecting the mountain pass from Tafi del Valle before entering the Valle Calchaqui. The site's name comes from the "cardones" or thistles (Trichocereus pasacana) that make up the abundant vegetation that grows there. Some of these are as tall if not taller than those at the Los Cardones National Park in Salta.

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Calchaquí Valley Scenic Drive and Day Trip to Cachi from Salta

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Gorgeous!

What a treat to come across this absolutely gorgeous park, a landscape of massive cacti nestled within a stunning backdrop of rock formations. We came upon it late in the day... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a treat to come across this absolutely gorgeous park, a landscape of massive cacti nestled within a stunning backdrop of rock formations. We came upon it late in the day with dramatic light and were transfixed.

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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A well worthwhile drive along Ruta 33 with amazing scenery of colourful rock strata on the mountainside, huge cactus and guanacos. Stopping on the roadside allowed us to view some curious guanaco up close. Ruta 33 from Cachi is a not to be missed road trip.

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Turin, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We just crossed the park coming by bus from Salta: the trip was really nice and views excellent through the fog.

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Vienna
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

We hired a driver from Salta who took us on a 3 day tour . The Parc Los Cardones is a gem. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the nature. You must do it ! The colours were unbelievable!

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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We travelled with Peregrino tours - organised by our hotel. Pickup was around 7.30 and we got back to the hotel around 6. Travelled from Salta to Cachi - over The Andes and through the Nacional Parque. It was all absolutely stunning. This was the absolute highlight of our trip so far. Once in Cachi, we are a huge meal... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

It is a very varied scenery, and you will be surprized by the ever changing shapes and colours displayed. There is nothing else than the scenery though, so you would do well to bring with you what you need to eat or drink. Toilets are nonexistent.

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Reviewed 14 December 2016

The Parc Nacional Los Cardones is named after the large cactus or cardones which the park was set up to protect. As these cardones grow very slowly, typically 1 to 5 cms each year you know that you are in the presence of some very old flora. There is a short marked walk, too short really as it is only... More 

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Oss, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

if you want to experience mountain sights like scotland, asia, or were ever you been. come to this moutains. everything you wish for is there in a one day drive.

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

The trip to Cachi from Salta takes you through The national park full of cacti and llamas. We had a clear day and stopped numerous times for photo ops. The vastness of the land of Salta province is seen so clearly on this drive and we will remember it for a long time. Maybe until the next time we encounter... More 

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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most amazing places in the world to see It's rugged and roads and not great and many are gravel or dirt or both. Our biggest mistake was renting a small car, you really need a 4 x 4 to be able to appreciate the place better and enjoy the ride. Be careful since sometimes when... More 

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