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Parque Nacional Los Cardones

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Address: Cachi, Argentina
Phone Number: 540386815414365

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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We drove through it and we had a wonderful experience. Great sightseeing. Great silence!! Lookout spots are very adequate with good explanations.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove through it and we had a wonderful experience. Great sightseeing. Great silence!! Lookout spots are very adequate with good explanations.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

On the way from Salta to Cachi, you drive through this park. It is mostly flat, home to animals and to the cardoon cactus. Not a whole lot to see, and wildlife sightings as always depend on your luck, but a quick stop at a short 200-meter trail to read the signs in Spanish and English explaining about cardoons was... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Just loads and loads of cardones (giant cactuses) on a high plateau - amazing scenery and quite a spectacle

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

When coming from Salta, once you pass the 'Cuesta del Obispo', do not continue onto 'La recta de Tin Tin'... Instead take a left direction Sinclantás... You will the cross through 'the heart' of the Cordones National Park (locals call it 'Los Colorados'). The road is not paved but a 'regular' car can handle it. You will not be able... More 

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Largs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016 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.

Thank Freddie M
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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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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