Parque Nacional Los Cardones

Parque Nacional Los Cardones, Cachi

Parque Nacional Los Cardones

Parque Nacional Los Cardones
4.5
Ancient Ruins • National Parks
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Maureen S
Darwin, Australia751 contributions
Looked like a massive Cacti garden
Mar 2020
We were on a tour from Salta to Cachi with a small group of travellers with a very informative guide who told us that the height of the cactus above the ground is the same height under the ground. Never knew much about the cactus except they are very prickly. Some of the cacti were so tall that I felt very small beside them.
Well worth a visit with 2 notice boards providing a little information.
Written April 27, 2020
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BobandMaggie60
Willerby, UK128 contributions
A must see
Mar 2020 • Couples
Cactus national park ...what an amazing place to visit!!!You’ve seen them in the movies but now you can see them up close and the description boards are an excellent source of information if you haven’t got a guide with you.
Written March 10, 2020
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Jenna
462 contributions
Cactus everywhere
Feb 2020 • Solo
It’s so amazing to see so many giant cacti everywhere! I love that it has views of the Andes as well! Beautiful landscape.
Written March 2, 2020
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904agnesc
Zoutleeuw, Belgium211 contributions
Well-worth a visit !
Dec 2019
Amazing landscape all-through the park. It's high-altitude mountainous desert and when I was there the whole desert was blooming - AMAZING scenery !! You need your own wheels though as you need to cover ground to enjoy the park.
Written January 30, 2020
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GrandTour815047
20 contributions
Stunning road trip
Nov 2019
Amazing scenery and flora throughout this park. Rock formations and colours are out of this world as are the ancient cacti
Written November 23, 2019
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Carol S
Auckland Central, New Zealand24 contributions
Spectacular
Nov 2019 • Couples
This is spectacular scenery - high desert landscape with dramatic mountain cliffs, rock formations and catcus groves. We definitely recommend turning off the main road to drive the 4km through the Valle Encantando. We only had a 2 wheel drive sedan and managed ok, although if there has been rain I suspect you would want a 4wd and proceed with caution.
Written November 23, 2019
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Jupiter81
Ireland380 contributions
Beautiful
Apr 2019 • Family
A bib bib cactus national park surrounded by beautiful scenery. There are few places where you can stop but it's well worth to visit it.
Written May 10, 2019
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Chiantiesque
London, UK185 contributions
A national park of cacti
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is an area where cacti flourish. There are many cacti and most of them are of the same variety.
The road is good and goes through mountainous paths. There are a number of stops where beautiful panoramic photographs can be taken. Occasionally one or two condors can be seen soaring in the sky which is a beautiful sight. We did not come across any llamas or any unusual animals.
Written April 14, 2019
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Deborah T
Chicago, IL1,126 contributions
High Elevation Desert Mountains and Lowlands
Mar 2019 • Couples
Parque Nacional Los Cardones is a fairly new National Park (1996) in Northwest Argentina. The elevation in the park ranges from 8,800 to 16,400 feet. The terrain of mountains, lowlands and basin supports a variety of wildlife including the endangered northern guemel and vicuna as well as 100 bird species typical of Argentina. The park contains dinosaur tracks and pre-Incan cave art. But we didn’t see any of that ... darn.

It’s a great spot for photos with the large cactus and even from the wide open road (be careful) that I understand was once part of the Inca Trail although any remains of it are now lost.
Written April 1, 2019
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lapaz97
Buenos Aires, Argentina63 contributions
Back roads
Jan 2019
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 good roads into the park. More visuals.
Written February 10, 2019
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