LOS CARDONES National Park (Salta)
Los Cardones park was created in 1996, in an area of 65,000 acres at 2,700 to 5,000 m high, in the centre-west of Salta province. The dominant vegetation is composed of chandelier cactus, in the middle of the Puna’s flat vegetation. During the Pre-Columbian period, this region was an important junction, crossed by shepherds and their herds, and by a route network built by the Incas. The park also protects a paleontological patrimony: today, Scientifics are investigating dinosaurs’ traces dating back 70 million years.