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Parque Nacional Los Cardones

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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...more
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Cachi, Argentina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took the 42 from Seclantas to connect with the 33 and this takes you through great forests of Carcon cactus. Great views back to the Calchaque valley. Empty and bad after rains but check conditions and if passable it's worth the effort. Not many...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lapaz97
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Route 33 to or from Cachi takes you through this national park. The high desert has many cactus, with the cardones dominating the eye. A short nature trail describes life history from seed to protected seedling to towering plants. The cardone looks much like the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

After about an hour drive from Cachi on road 33, the scenery is great, with numerous cactus against a backdrop of snow capped mountains. If you are lucky, you may see guanaco llamas around the San Obispo pass.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GlobetrottingSwede
Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

We drove up from Salta into this national Park and the change in scenery as you drive up into the valley and then the climb up into the park changes rather quickly, from lush green to dry cactus country. I was quite happy to be...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

We drove through the park on our way from Cache to Salta. This is an amazing, huge high altitude national park - didn't have a lot of time but stopped to check out the cactus a few areas. Don't get many of these in Australia....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

We travelled though this park during Jan 2018 and the weather during this time was hot and we loved it. The scenery and the cacti around this park is something else. We have not seen this many cacti in one area ever, some very old,...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank malnit56
Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

This park is amazing. It had stunning vistas, cactus too numerous to count and occasional wildlife; we saw a pair of condors high in the sky. It’s nice to have a guide drive you so you can devote your full attention to the scenery.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank dixiepeach
Reviewed March 23, 2018

This part of the province of Salta is quite desertic. The soil, mostly in hues of pink, suggests high iron and aluminum content. Strange gologic formations stud the scenery and different types of cacti, many reminiscent of sahuaro cactus, populate the plains. It is surprising...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Gabriel H
Reviewed March 5, 2018

We departed the Sala de Payogasta Hotel at 9 AM on the nicely paved road driving eastward 32km to reach the signed entrance to this park. There were long vistas in all directions with wild flowers up close and mountains in the distance, so opportune...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Gene R J
Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

We drove from cachi to Salta in the road inside the park, wonderful landscape, not to much structure , some point of view and nothing else, but it worth!

Date of experience: October 2017
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