People frequently say they are very keen to get up close with the 'cardones' cacti in the national park just outside Cachi. Now this is definitely an amazing area and you can see as they stretch back for miles like an army how the Inca legend arose of the cactus being a warrior who waited so lotally for invaders to arrive that he was turned into a cactus. However it's not the only area to see cactus - they are all over NOA and you are bound to run into some up close and personal along the way.
This shot of the Painter's Palette outside Tilcara would not have the same impact without the small figure shooting from the narrow ledge over the gorge. When shooting in the park, remember to put a defining object in the shot (probably your companion) in order to show the scale of these giants.
At the same time get in clsoe as this is the time of year that the flowers burst open - Another legend says the flowers are Inca lovers who were thwarted in their escape to romance and were turned into these beautiful blooms. And here is a shot from the estancia overlooking the Nevado de Cachi at 6300metres - better that it has depth dimension through the front layer of trees in th foreground.