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Parque Nacional Los Cardones

Cachi, Argentina
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Cachi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Ancient Ruins
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hong Kong, China
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370 reviews 370 reviews
202 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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112 reviews 112 reviews
38 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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Martinique
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25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Yes on the way to Cachi from Salta. Well worth the stop as a vast expanse of 'Cardones' as they call the cactus here. Some up to 100 years old. All standing tall and proud. Surrounded by multicolored mountains

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Weather, guides, food, wine...Fantastic!! a must see in Northern Argentina... Santi and Facu will show you every corner of the national park, Dave

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El Calafate, Argentina
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38 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

i booked a full-day trip from Salta to Cachi and I must say it was one of the better trips in the last 2 months here in Argentina. The highlight for me were the stops with the cacti. Snow capped mountains in the back and those humongous cacti in the foreground - green velvet hills and blue sky - a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

In the middle of a puna valley you suddenly fin yourself in the middle of a "Cardones sea". With a ranger on site watching for preservation and helping with any additional info you may need a very special experience.

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Barcelona, Spain
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57 reviews 57 reviews
4 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Simply a stunning scenic drive - a straight road to the horizon, andes in the background and the giant cactuses standing around like forgotten sculptures - are making this park unique.

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