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Los Cardones National Park

Los Cardones National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Salta: 4-Day Trip in Salta Province & Salinas Grandes

1. From Salta: 4-Day Trip in Salta Province & Salinas Grandes

DAY 1. Tour to Cafayate. Travelling the Provincial Route 68, exploring panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations of attractions such as the "Devil´s Throat" and "House of the Parrots." Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit 1 winery to learn more about the local wine industry and famous torrontes wines. Following lunch, journey back to Salta via a different route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. DAY 2. Tour to Cachi. Travel the Provincial Route 68 and then the Provincial Route 33 to pass the dramatic Gorge of Escoipe and Los Laureles. Next, start your journey along the famous winding road of the Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope). Admire the magnificent rock formations en route to the summit at 3,348 masl. Travel through the Parque Nacional los Cardones ("National Park of the Cactus") Arrive in the beautiful town of Cachi in time for lunch. Then, stroll through streets of perfectly-preserved colonial architecture. Visit the town church in Central Plaza, and go to the historical museum showcasing the history of the Aboriginal communities. DAY 3. Tour to Salinas Grandes. Begin the journey towards the neighboring province of Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcán and Tumbaya along the way.  Your first stop of the day is at the beautiful town of Purmamarca, one of the most picturesque villages in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Visit the town's vibrant main square and perhaps pick up some souvenirs at one of the many surrounding craft stands. Afterward, enjoy a visit to the breathtaking and aptly-named 7 Color Hill. Later, continue your ascent along the majestic Cuesta del Lipan to reach the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Here, enjoy some free time to admire the unique salt planes and famous pools. Afterward, return to Purmamarca and break for lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants before returning to Salta. DAY 4. Tour to Hornocal. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned van and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the National Route 9 on the way to Jujuy province where we visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Stop in Purmamarca and admire the Hill of Seven Colors and its striking red and orange hues before exploring the main square and local craft stands. Continuing along Route 9, we reach the town of Humahuaca, located at 2,939 meters above sea level. Wander down to the Church of La Candelaria and visit the Independence Monument before enjoying free time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy 45 minutes of free time to explore Hornocal and its Hill of Fourteen Colors. Return along Route 9 to Salta City.

From Salta: 2-Day Guided Trip to Cafayate and Cachi

2. From Salta: 2-Day Guided Trip to Cafayate and Cachi

DAY 1: Depart Salta and head south along Provincial Route 68, offering panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Admire the new and old tobacco chimneys made of adobe and clay, and see tobacco leaves being dried under the sun. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations of attractions such as the "Devil´s Throat" and "House of the Parrots." Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit 1 winery to learn more about the local wine industry and famous torrontes wines. Following lunch, journey back to Salta via a different route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. DAY 2: Depart Salta and journey along Provincial Route 68, traveling through the small towns of Cerrillos, La Merced and El Carril. Then, drive along Provincial Route 33 to pass the dramatic Gorge of Escoipe and Los Laureles. Next, start your journey along the famous winding road of the Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope). Admire the magnificent rock formations and natural walls en route to the summit at 3,348 meters above sea level. Look for condors flying above, and marvel at the majesty of the "King of the Sky." Get a stunning view of El Valle Encantado ("The Enchanted Valley"), where the scenery is like something out of a fairytale. Notice how the landscape changes as you leave the sub-tropical valleys to go to Recta del Tin Tin, built during the time of the Incas. Travel through the Parque Nacional los Cardones ("National Park of the Cactus"), named for its abundance of cardon grande cactus bush formations. Arrive in the beautiful town of Cachi in time for lunch. Then, stroll through streets of perfectly-preserved colonial architecture. Visit the town church in Central Plaza, and go to the historical museum showcasing the history of the Aboriginal communities. Pick up some souvenirs in the craft market and enjoy some free time to shop before the return drive to Salta.

From Salta: Cachi and Salinas Grandes 2-Day Guided Trip

3. From Salta: Cachi and Salinas Grandes 2-Day Guided Trip

1 DAY. Tour to Cachi: Delight the amazing Cuesta del Obispo and take a panoramic photo. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Quebrada del Escoipe. Visit Los Cardones National Park. Discover Cachi, a colonial town that remains as if stopped in time. visit the square and the church. 2 DAY. Tour to Salinas Grandes: Visit Purmamarca Town with his Seven Colours Hill and visit the local market. Take cool pictures in the magnificent Salinas Grandes. Stop in the ride of the Colorados.

From Salta: 3-Day Cafayate, Cachi, and Humahuaca Guided Trip

4. From Salta: 3-Day Cafayate, Cachi, and Humahuaca Guided Trip

Spend 3 Days exploring breathtaking natural landscapes in the Salta and Jujuy regions. Tour a local winery in Cafayate, discover Los Cardones National Park, visit the iconic Seven Colors Hill, and stroll through traditional towns, such as Cachi and Humahuaca. Day 1Get picked up from your hotel in Salta and drive over to the Quebrada de las Conchas to see the imposing red rock formations. Visit a local winery at Calchaquies Valley, learn about their process, and enjoy a complimentary tasting. Visit Cafayate town and its landmarks before returning to Salta. Day 2Head over to Cuesta del Obispo for panoramic views from the mountains. See the diversity of cacti at Los Cardones National Park. Walk around Cachi, a small town with colonial architecture, and head back to Salta. Day 3Start the day with a visit to Purmamarca town, the magnificent Seven Colors Hill, and the local market. Move on to the picturesque towns of Tilcara and Humahuaca and explore the churches, local landmarks, and surroundings. Finish off your 3-day journey with a drive back to Salta.

From Salta: Cafayate, Cachi, & Hornocal 3-Day Tour

5. From Salta: Cafayate, Cachi, & Hornocal 3-Day Tour

DAY 1: Depart Salta and head south along Provincial Route 68, offering panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Admire the new and old tobacco chimneys made of adobe and clay, and see tobacco leaves being dried under the sun. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations of attractions such as the "Devil´s Throat" and "House of the Parrots." Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit 1 winery to learn more about the local wine industry and famous torrontes wines. Following lunch, journey back to Salta via a different route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. DAY 2: Depart Salta and journey along Provincial Route 68, traveling through the small towns of Cerrillos, La Merced and El Carril. Then, drive along Provincial Route 33 to pass the dramatic Gorge of Escoipe and Los Laureles. Next, start your journey along the famous winding road of the Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope). Admire the magnificent rock formations and natural walls en route to the summit at 3,348 meters above sea level. Look for condors flying above, and marvel at the majesty of the "King of the Sky." Get a stunning view of El Valle Encantado ("The Enchanted Valley"), where the scenery is like something out of a fairytale. Notice how the landscape changes as you leave the sub-tropical valleys to go to Recta del Tin Tin, built during the time of the Incas. Travel through the Parque Nacional los Cardones ("National Park of the Cactus"), named for its abundance of cardon grande cactus bush formations. Arrive in the beautiful town of Cachi in time for lunch. Then, stroll through streets of perfectly-preserved colonial architecture. Visit the town church in Central Plaza, and go to the historical museum showcasing the history of the Aboriginal communities. Pick up some souvenirs in the craft market and enjoy some free time to shop before the return drive to Salta. DAY 3: Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned van and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the National Route 9 on the way to Jujuy province where we visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Stop in Purmamarca and admire the Hill of Seven Colors and its striking red and orange hues before exploring the main square and local craft stands. Continuing along Route 9, we reach the town of Humahuaca, located at 2,939 meters above sea level. Wander down to the Church of La Candelaria and visit the Independence Monument before enjoying free time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy 45 minutes of free time to explore Hornocal and its Hill of Fourteen Colors. Return along Route 9 to Salta City. Important: this tour (HORNOCAL) is only available in Spanish and passengers must be at the Tiamar Travel Agency Office ; Caseros 420 at 6.30 am. This is because it is the longest excursion.

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What people are saying about Los Cardones National Park

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The purchased set of tours turned out to be a great choice. Each of the trips exceeded our expectations. I must admit that the next 4 days were filled from 7 to 19-21. The distances to individual attractions are long and the drive is long. All the pilots were great: thank you Fernando, Ana and Walter. Your information in English was clear and understandable. The cars are new, although it must be admitted that traveling in the front is more comfortable. Stops for attractions and technical breaks, no problem. The choice of this form of sightseeing is, in my opinion, the best opportunity to commune with the surrounding natural wonders. You are picked up from your hotel and dropped off, I am only interested in admiring the surroundings and the culture. I recommend it to active tourists.