Los Cardones National Park is located in the Salta Province of
Argentina. It was created on November 20, 1961 and covers a total
area of 64 117 hectares of dry sierras. Los Cardones altitude ranges
from 2700 to 5000 meters above sea level. The predominant vegetation
consists of cardones, a local name give the species of cacti known
as Echinopsis atacamensis. It is also the reason why Los
Cardones gets its name.
In addition to unique landscape and pristine nature Los Cardones is
famous among paleontologists as a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils
that date to the late Cretaceous period, the end of the Dinosaur
age. Additionally national park contains remains of the earliest
Native American settlements in the area. Pre- Hispanic settlers
inhabited local pastures along scarce sources of water. As you hike
through the area you can encounter rock paintings and cave art.