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Parque Nacional Los Cardones

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Address: Cachi, Argentina
Phone Number: 540386815414365
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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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Amazing place - 6c to 26c in 10 Minutes.

From the cloudy and cold pass and by far the coldest day in Argentina in our 2 weeks we entered into bright sunshine and 26c in about 10 minutes, what a dramatic difference... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Largs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the cloudy and cold pass and by far the coldest day in Argentina in our 2 weeks we entered into bright sunshine and 26c in about 10 minutes, what a dramatic difference. Cacti and views were just stunning.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

Completely blown away by the park. We travelled from Salta witnessed the change in landscape and vegetation in a matter of minutes - from tropical forests to cactus and high altitude plains. Incredible park! Services are limited but I think most people pass thru rather then stay.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Forests of Candelabra cacti on the desert landscape one side overlooking the snowy Nevado de Cachi Mountain one side then spectacular views from the top at Cuesta del Obispo down the windy road over and Los Cardones National Park. The journey is on a mainly well sealed road and from Cachi to Salta will take around 3.5 hours however allow... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

What to say about this spectacular national park besides it is impressive, easy to "visit" (as you can easily cross it on road 33) and quite original as the "Cardones" fields are very impressive in some sectors. These, with the geological background, will make for an unforgettable trip. There are a few stops with miradors and information along the way... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

It is worth to come here on your way to Cachi. Incredible huge cardones (similar to cactus), colourful mountains, blue sky, a sometimes. the sight of a vicuña. Very nice!

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Volendam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

Few cactuses and that's all. The road leading to it is quite nice but so as many of the roads in Argentina

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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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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Jerusalem, Israel
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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 1, 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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