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Parque Nacional Los Cardones

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Address: Cachi, Argentina
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Description: 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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The change in scenery every couple of miles is something special. It changes from green to desert to a moon like landscape in a relative short distance. Geologically this is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The change in scenery every couple of miles is something special. It changes from green to desert to a moon like landscape in a relative short distance. Geologically this is a place where you could spend a few days without getting bored. For the photographer this area is paradise. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Well we have all seen these huge cacti in various 'western' movies and now here we here. On our trip from Salta to Cachi we passed by the Los Cardones National Park of Cacti. Beautiful, amazing & weird. Over 7-8 metres tall... many hundreds of these cacti, now in a protected area - just beautiful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you want to travel in the "real argentina " go to cachi and to his "automobil club" ACA and go to their restaurant. Rent a good car because you still have some bad road, and you will arrive to the parque nacional de los cardones. the road itsel is a dream, be carefull you'll travel till an altitude around... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

it is a beautiful place to explore and take photographs. You can see the snowed peak of the Cachi mountain in the distance.

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Victoria, BC Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Lots of cacti and an old Inca road make this an interesting drive. There are travel stops with info in English signs to explain things.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Perched 3,400 meters above the sea, Parque Nacional de Los Cardones is a kaleidoscope of intense hues of reds, oranges, yellows, browns, blues and greens. The Cardon sentinel cactuses scattered throughout the park stand tall and proud, making for extremely compelling photo opportunities. To get to the park, one first crosses through the ruggedly attractive Valley Calchaquies, one of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

What an amazing drive through the Parque Nacional to Cachi. The cardones (cacti) are incredible both in size, details and their vast number. We would have loved to see them in flower it must be a stunning sight. Condors fly overhead and Andes frame the picture.

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Hausen am Albis, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a nice park with three lookout points and a lot of the huge cactus trees. But you can see these plants all over in this area of Argentina. If your way doesn't necessarily get you up into this park - you don't have to do the extra miles. Otherwise, it's a nice drive with stunning views of the... More 

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Salta, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The variety of cactus, the shiny contrast with the cloudless sky and the red mountains makes you feel like you are walking on Mars!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Located at about a 3 hour drive from Salta City, this National Park is quite unique in that it not only has spectacular views, but also a huge extension of land with large cacti. To reach this park from Salta City, you need to drive up the "Cuesta del Obispo", a windy mountain road with spectacular views. I strongly recommend... More 

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