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Cafayate | Argentina

So one of our day trips while staying in Salta was to visit the nearby town of Cafayate best known as a great wine growing region and in particular for their ‘Torrontes’ wines. And here we had only 1 out of the 4 of us who actually drinks alcohol, my mum.  Last time me and Gaston came through this area of Argentina 3 years ago we decided to skip the Cafayate route, partly because we heard it was mainly wineries and other areas appealed to us better at the time, but now i can tell you Cafayate is not just for the ‘wine connoisseur’. The area has plenty to see, some amazing landscapes on the way there and the actual township is beautiful with lots of friendly people and great artisan stalls.

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We booked the day trip with Salta Connection the night before and were greeted at 8am the next morning at our doorstep by Ramiro and of we went. when we booked the trip we had thought we were going on a group trip in a big convoy of vans but were suprised to find we had our own vechile and driver/guide all to ourselves all for $200 pesos each, around $40aud. We drove along the pituresque national route 68 with some amazingly colourful landscapes and some crazy rock formations, stopping along the way for pictures of the most significant views. Garganta del Diablo and El Anfiteatro were amazing, it appeared huge pieces of earth had been up-routed and turned on there sides. Apparently studies had been done on some of these rocks and they had discovered that the earth had been completely flipped over on top of itself, the layers of sediment were younger on the bottom and older on the top.

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Before arriving to the centre of town for a late lunch Ramiro took us into a local winery where we joined a free tour through their factory and then for tasting for those who wanted to try. My mum who usually prefers red wine actually really liked the white torrontes better than their red options, the rumours about cafayates great torrontes must be true!
For lunch Ramiro took us to the local Parilla. Poor mum the only one who drinks and the only one who eats meat. The friendly owner was kind enough to accommodate for us veggies making omelette, salad and tortilla which is kind of a potatoe frittata. Mum enjoyed the special of the day which was goat which came out on its own little BBQ, a lot more than one person could eat. We made a bad decision by taking dessert at the Parilla which was half melted commercial ice cream, meaning we didn’t have enough room to try the local artisan wine flavoured icecreams. Next time!
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After eating we had 40 minutes to look around town and the local markets and craft shops. There were some beautiful jewellery pieces in the markets that me and mum wanted to buy but because it was lunchtime the stalls that we happened to want things from were out for lunch. One thing we noticed in Cafayate compared from other places in the north of argentina was how friendly the shop keepers were, which was a nice welcoming change.

Anyway before we knew it it was time to make our way back to Salta. By this stage we were wishing we had planned to stay the night in Cafayate so that we could explore somemore, try the ice creams and visit those jewellery stores again.

 

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twotontosCafayate | Argentina