Get away from it all
Most people in Cafayate just visit the Quebrada and the winerys ! There is also a very good walk up the river to see a series of small waterfalls. The main pleasure ofthis is that it is well ot of the way of everyone, there are nice places to have a picnic, and you even swim ifthe water is not TOO cold!
The most central of Cafayate's numerous bodegas is Bodega Nanni, a small vineyard producing 200,000 bottles of wine annually, and best known for its organic wines. The Nanni bodega dates from the 19th century and is run nowadays by descendants of the original Italian Nanni family.
We visited Nanni on the first day we arrived and had a very good tour of the bodega from an excellent multilingual guide. She explained the process to us, stressing how Nanni doesn't use any chemicals in their wine production, which, they claim, means you won't get a hangover (the disadvantage of this is that the wine can't last as long as inorganic wines). She also showed us a bottle of their prized wine, of which a German ambassador recently bought 1000 bottles!
There was a tasting at the end in which we tried one white and three of the reds. The white was excellent, as was one of the reds which we later bought. We were tempted into buying the German ambassador's choice wine, but it was just beyond our budget at 55 pesos.
Cafayate : the Far-West of Argentina
Cafayate (1700m) is a peaceful little town in extreme southwestern Salta province (183 km from Salta). It is famous for its wineries where it is possible to taste some wines and spend a relaxing time enjoying the sunny climate. I loved the quiet atmosphere and the slow pace of the life there...it was like a holiday village.
Cafayate is also the name of the wonderful Quebrada/canyon created by the Rio de las Conchas. The Quebrada can be seen from the road n°68 that follows the river. It begins a bit further the little place called Alemania and ends just before arriving in Cafayate.
The river descending from the high Andes has carved this deep canyon through the arid zone, exposing the multicolored sedimentary strata under the surface soils. Many of these layers have eroded to strange rock formations. (The same process took place in the Quebrada de Humahuaca.) And these formations created a extraordinary scenery...with almost unearthy landscapes! There a no words strong enough to describe the Quebrada....Fantastic, special, estonishing,... A must! More details in the must see activities!
CAFAYATE : CACTI AND WINE
By 10am, the heat was already intolerable. I bought some pastries and found a shady spot in the plaza to sit and eat.
I was onto my second pastry when I heard a crack and a crash. Not more than five metres from me, a whole HUGE branch of a big tree, previously some six metres above ground, had broken off and crashed onto the plaza, taking along branches from other neighbouring trees. An utter mess.
Upon inspection later, nosy as I am, I realised the branch was of the type with thousands of spikes and thorns.
Oh no. Imagine if I had chosen to sit under THAT tree.
I met THE GUY to marry in Argentina.
As soon as he set eyes on me, he could not stop giggling and smiling. I squatted alongside him and started chatting him up.
He was playing with two coins and I asked if they were for me.
"NNNNNOOOOO," still giggling, still smiling.
One coin rolled under the car. He asked for my help to retrieve it, still giggling, still smiling. I retrieved it but "NNNNOOOOO," the coins were still not for me.
"Me voy (I go)," he told me, still giggling, still smiling. "Para donde? (To where?)" "Mi casa (My house)." "Voy contigo (I go with you.)," I suggested.
"NNNNOOOOOO," horrified but still giggling, still smiling. Playing hard-to-get.
Oh, my heart totally melted. His angelic eyes, his impish grin, his adorable dimples. My ANGEL!!! He is Ezekiel. He is four. Sound the wedding bells.