Cachi and Los Cardones National Park Tour

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Discover the monumental nature in Salta, explore the stunning mineral shapes and rocks, and the famous "Shell's Gorge". Check out the best lookspots in Los Cardones National Park, 3.384 meters above the sea level, and visit the typical town of Cachi. Enjoy the convenience of a confortable transportation from your hotel, and a Spanish, English or French speaking guide.


  • Admire the stunning Shell's Gorge, and its natural red shapes in the landscape

  • Explore the traditional towns around Cachi, its picturesques buildings and colours

  • Visit Los Cardones National Park, the only National Park at 3400 meters above the sea level, and marvel at its symbolic species, the huge Cardon

  • Enjoy the convenience of a guided transportation in the language you choose


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We will pick you up from the hotel, and we will go to the south, in a route that will take us from 1500 up to 3500 meters above the sea level! Is the perfect opportunity to admire the immensity of the Puna, this incredible space in the central Andes, between the earth and the sky, as you get close to Cuesta del Obispo: the landscape is amazing! Marvel at Valle Encantado, where you will find ancient caves, inhabited once by native communities thousands of years ago, and stunning rock paintings.

The same road takes us to Shell's Gorge, a distinctive post-card of Salta, famous for its impressive shapes, generated by the erosion of the rain and the wind, and in different charming colours, a mix between red, orange, green and brown.

The journey continues through route 68 traversing the Lerma Valley and its historical towns. Marvel at the rich heritage of the pre-Hispanic history, and admire the rests of the ancient communities: some of the buildings are still entire! This heritage mixes with the colonial tradition, the one you will be able to live in those small churches, full of charm and calm. In your road, pass through the tin tin's line, the rests of the ancient road of the Inca!

After that, marvel at the amazing panoramic views and take your best picture of Los Cardones National Park, the only National Park at 3.384 meters above the sea level in Argentina! You will see the huge Cardons, the typical south American cactus with an incredible perspective of the desert around you. See as well Guanacos and Llamas, the typical local camelids.

We will visit then the town of Cachi, situated in the south of the Calchaqui Valleys, traditional town slept in the time, whose history dates from the colonial times: admire the ancient houses and feel the calm of this mythic place. Enjoy some free time to explore the village at your own rythm and to sample the best of the local cuisine at a typical restaurant.

At the end of the afternoon we return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas or the Shells' Gorge and the Lerma Valley.


  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Guided tour in Spanish, English or French, according to the option selected

  • Visit of Shell's Gorge

  • Visit of Cachi's town

  • Panoramic views of Los Cardones National Park


  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs


  • Departure from Salta's city centre

  • De los Laureles Gorge

  • Del Escoipe Gorge

  • Cuesta del obispo

  • Valle Encantado

  • Piedra del Molino

  • Recta del tin tin

  • Los Cardones National Park

  • Panoramic views: Del Nevado (in Cachi), Chachi and Payogasta

  • Way back to Salta, drop off to your hotel

Please Note

  • Children below 2 years are free of charge sitting in their parent's laps

  • Total distance: 345 km

  • During the tour, the stops can last from 10 up to 40 minutes. The stop for lunch can last up to 3 hours and includes free time

  • Total duration of the tour including stops and free time: 11 hours

Cancellation Policy

  • 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement): 4 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): 3 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (0% reimbursement): 2 days prior to date of activity.

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