Los Cardones National Park Tours

Los Cardones National Park
Los Cardones National Park is located in the central part of the Salta Province, and it occupies approximately 160,000 acres. It was established in 1996 to protect the high elevation vegetation located in the colorful sierras and dry gorges of this area. The cardones are column-like cactus plants that thrive in high altitudes and are found throughout the national park, which is where the park got its name. The area also boasts small forests of the leguminous Churqui. Many animals live in the national park, including more than 100 species of birds.

Three different environments are represented in the park. They include the mountainous area of the sierras, the piedmont and low lands, and the basin. Fossils from many extinct animals, including dinosaur tracks, have been found in the park. Other attractions in the park include pre-Inca cave art. 

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Los Cardones National Park is located 62 miles southwest of Salta. It can be reached by routes 68 and 33. 
Address: Salta Province, Argentina
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Full-day Cachi and Los Cardones National Park from Salta

Explore the wild landscapes of northwest Argentina on this full-day Cachi tour from Salta. Journey through the Escoipe Gorge and the Enchanted Valley, drive the winding mountain road of Cuesta del Obispo, and marvel at the giant cacti of the Los Cardones National Park, then admire the colonial architecture and browse the handicrafts market of Cachi.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Cachi and Calchaquí Valleys from Salta

The rugged deserts and rock-sculpted valleys around Salta are some of Argentina’s most impressive natural landscapes. This full-day tour offers non-stop photo opportunities as you explore the Calchaquí Valleys, look out over the Enchanted Valley from Bishop’s Cliff, and see the gigantic cacti of the Los Cardones National Park.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Calchaquí Valley Scenic Drive and Day Trip to Cachi from Salta

Visit the impressive natural attractions of the Calchaquí Valley on this full-day scenic drive. Enjoy a comfortable ride from Salta to the village of Cachi as you learn about the surrounding natural resources from your guide along the way. Stop at Payogosta and the Archaeological Museum of Cachi before returning to Salta through stunning Los Cardones National Park.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Underground Rivers and Mountain Trekking Tour from Salta

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Salta region on a full-day tour with an experienced guide. Cross the Lerma Valley in a 4WD vehicle and ascend the curvy road known as Cuesta del Obispo, passing Piedra del Molino as you enter Los Cardones National Park. Take a short walk to see the caves near the Calchaquí River, then have a picnic lunch in a stunning location. See the traditional village of La Poma and the Nevado del Acay, mountains that stand 16,312 feet high (4,972 meters).
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Luxury Colome wine tour

Discover the world’s highest winery on this overnight tour to Colome. Travel through the changing landscapes and windy mountain roads until you reach the Valles Calchaquies where Estancia Colome is located. Learn about and sample their unique wines, stay overnight at the luxury hotel next door, and explore the nearby towns of Molinos and Cachi before heading back to Salta.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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3-Day Tour of Cachi, Laguna Brealito and National Park Los Cardones

Explore the unique topography of the Calchaqui Valley on this action-packed 3-day tour from Cachi, including accommodation and a city tour of Cachi. Tear down dirt tracks on an ATV, cycle through the Los Cardones National Park, then keep your camera handy as you hike around the serene Laguna de Brealito and wander amid fields of gigantic cacti.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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