Characteristics: The terrain consists of the typical sierras and dry gorges between 2700 and 5000 m
(8856 and 16,400 ft) above sea level, where bushes and "cardones" or thistles (Trichocereus pasacana) make up
the abundant vegetation that grows there.
There are three kinds of environment: the sierran, marked by the mountains and isolated hills; the
piedmont and lowlands, with slightly inclined surfaces, preserved by the activity from the streams
and with surfaces exposed to erosion and contribution from fluvial sediment. And lastly, that
of the basin or quarry, which corresponds to the low areas where there is continuous contribution
of fine material transported by water.
In PN Los Cardones (Los Cardones National Park) there are prehistoric rests. This fact indicates
that extinct animals inhabited the protected area, for example there are dinosaur tracks.
Los Cardones National Park