Cafayate Travel Guide

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    Cafayate wine
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    Quebrada de Cafayate
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Cafayate Things to Do

  • Vasija Secreta

    After spending a tough day hiking the Rio Colarado we took it easy the following day and did nothing more strenuous than visit a few of Cafayate's bodegas. Stamina of a different sort is required for these tours as the bodegas are very liberal with their tasting sessions. We started off in Vasija Secreta, just outside the centre of town. This...

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  • Wine in Cafayate

    Mendoza is well known as Argentina's wine growing capital but the next most important wine area is Cafayate, which produces an excellent dry white wine from the Torrontes grape as well as some excellent red wines. Cafayate lies at an altitude of 1683 metres, and has a temperature and climate ideal for wine growing. There is far less wine produced...

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  • Bodega Transito

    Transito is a centrally located bodega, opposite the better known Bodega Nanni, and despite it's modern looking exterior, the family behind it have been making wines for 4 generations. Nanni was a more attractive bodega, but the wine in Transito was better. We went on a tour with three French guys (the tour was in Spanish but we understood most of...

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  • Hiking the Rio Colorado Day 2

    On our final day in Cafayate our plan was to climb Cerro San Isidro, the large mountain overlooking the town. However, we couldn't find a map or any information about the mountain, and the lady in the tourist office put us off by saying we needed to register with the police if doing the hike without a guide, so we changed our plans and decided to...

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  • Hiking along the Rio Colorado

    A great hike near to Cafayate is along the Rio Colorado, where, if you are lucky and persistent you will reach beautiful waterfalls. Armed with a map from the tourist office, lunch, swimsuits and a compass we set off on this hike on a beautiful Sunday morning. We reached the first of the waterfalls, but it was a difficult hike in that the map we...

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  • Bodega Nanni

    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...

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  • Cerro Santa Teresita

    Cerro Santa Teresita is the nearest peak to Cafayate, located 2km to the west, in the shadow of Cerro San Isidro (3200m). It's something of a place of pilgrimage as there's a shrine near to the top. The tourist office provides a map showing the route, though it's easy enough to find it by walking west on Calle Toscano from the main square. It's a...

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  • Quebrado de Cafayate

    In general the landscape in this national park is super, for those who love nature at it's purest.Take a 4x4 car, preferable a HONDA (lol), take a bike if you have more time to spent, but simply enjoy this wonder of nature which reminded me often at Petra city in Jordan, the grand canyon in the States

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  • Quebrada de Cafayate - Garganta del...

    Another rock formation in this unbelievable landscape of Cafayate.I put this picture first as a remembrance to Pepe, our local driver for a few days, did a good job and lives in La Cafayate. (BTW it is not his grafity, but a nice reminder)

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  • Quebrada de Cafayate - Amphitheatre

    A canyon located 10km northern Cafayate and in fact this breathtaking landscape has the same history as the quebrada de Humahuaca. Only in this valley the river "Rio las Conchas" did the exellent work of landscaping, by erosion.Unbelievable rockformations "painted" and given colors by different minerals, unbelievableformations given the idea that...

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  • La Serenata a Cafayate

    If you are in Cafayate in mid February, try to make it to the Serenata. Held in a huge outdoor theatre space, the Serenata runs for three nights and showcases some of the best "Norteno" music. Think big voices, heavy Andean rhythms and passionate fans. Get there early, the place is packed and the music goes on all night. The normally sleepy town...

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  • Bodega La Rosa

    This vineyard is a bit of a hike from the center of town, but it's certainly in a peaceful and attractive setting. This winery seemed to be one of the larger and more professional ones in the region. We enjoyed a wine tasting here, and then were briefly shown around the main parts of this impressive and elegant villa. We didn't find it quite as...

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  • Visiting the Quilmes Ruins

    Along a rugged hillside, just south of Cafayate, are the 1000 year old ruins of the Quilmes Indians. Within the surrounding fortress wall is the remains of dozens of former houses and other structures. Only the stone foundations remain, but it's enough to get a sense of how complex these peoples' lives might have been. Plus, the views are just...

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  • Road 68 Quebrada de Cafayete : the...

    After el obelisco, los castillos, las ventanas... the quebrada ends by giant cactus field with the red mountains at the back... impressive!

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  • Road 68 Quebrada de Cafayate : el...

    The most famous formation of the Quebrada : the obelisc!!! It is also my favourite, non only for the form but also for its surrounding! Everything is so special, the landscape could be the one of the moon!!!

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  • Road 68 Quebrada de Cafayete : El Yesera

    After El Sapo, the valley becomes more narrow and then appears one of the nicest landscape I had ever seen! A giant large plain surrounded by multicolored moutains in different ranges! No words can describe it! I wish we had the time to spend there some hours!!! We just ate there the lunch....amazing!

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  • Road 68 Quebrada de Cafayete : el Fraile

    El Fraile is a kind of druid... it a very small natural statue lost in a giant red rocky wall with strange forms...so in fact I have not seen it!!! I just saw it on a post card : it was marked by white stones! In fact, it was much lower than where I looked, but these strange formations I took in the picture are also worth, aren't they?

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  • Road 68 Quebrada de Cafayate : El sapo

    El sapo means the toad... Does this rock not look like it?? Great statue modelleb by the nature, but unfortunately covered by a giant grafitti made by a stupid Brazilian guy...

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  • Road 68 Quebrada de Cafayete :...

    The amphiteatro is 500 meters further than the Garganta del Diablo and is a circular rocky formation which is very deep (or high) like a large chimney...It has a very good acoustic and you can try the echo...I did!!!!

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  • Road 68 Quebrada de Cafayate : Garganta...

    This it the first impressive rock formation : the garganta del Diablo : a deep and narrow canyon that make you want to climb the rocky walls! As an ex-climbing freak, I could not resist to climb a little bit its walls to get an impression of deepness...I would have love to have to equipment to climb it to the top!

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  • Road 68 Quebrada de Cafayate : entry in...

    100 km after Salta, we leave a dark and severe black and grey canyon (where the clouds are sticked to the mountains) and we enter the famous Quebrada de Cafayete or Quebrada del Rio Las Conchas...A festival of colors welcomes us : again, like in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, mountains with different sediments give to the landscape a rainbow aspect and...

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  • CAFAYATE: QUEBRADA DE CAFAYATE

    The Quebrada de Cafayate or Quebrada de Las Conchas is on Route 68 towards Salta. Along the gorge of Rio de las Conchas, there are fascinating rock formations of red, ochre, yellow, beige, orange, coral, sienna, brown, grey, hint of lavendar, etc… colours, carved entirely by wind and water. Some formations are named and they are all sign-posted....

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  • Geography around Cafayate...

    There are some awesome views to see around Cafayate... Con's: dirt roads make it hard to get there.

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  • Winery

    Don't be afraid to walk into a winery or vineyard. The owners will not come after you with a shotgun. Enjoy walking on terra ferma. It is an awesome experience being in the valley with hardly any people around.

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Cafayate Hotels

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Cafayate Restaurants

  • Something different

    We found this place one our visit to Cafayate towards the end of our trip and wished we found it earlier! We went every night after we found it! They had great music with a very chill environment, cool art and comfortable chairs. The bathrooms were clean and huge, although we had to go outside to go to them. We were used to eating steak and...

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  • Wine Ice Cream

    Helados Miranda is well-known in Cafayate for its wine flavoured ice-cream. Ice creams here are a little pricier than in other heladerias (though still good value), but where else can you get the chance to try wine ice-cream. It's very difficult to choose between the cabernet (red) flavour and the torrontes (white) flavour, so we had to try both....

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  • Baco

    We didn't eat out too often in Cafayate as our hostel had a kitchen, but one night the cooker was broken so out we ventured. We went to Boca, a cheap and popular restaurant, one block north of the main square. There's a good selection of dishes here, such as local specialities like empanadas, humalas and tamitas, as well as pizzas, pasta and beef,...

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  • Nice little resto in Cafayate

    A nice little restaurant located at the central street in Cafayate and not for from the central PlazaCorrect and friendly service Just local food and a good glass of Argentina wine, red or whiteWe had a pasta as main dish and Marmelade with nuts as dessert, simple but delicious.Remarkable that during my trip in Argentina, north or south, i never...

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  • A goat sheeper changed his job

    A very good location before entering the "Quebrada de Cafayate". An intermediate stop worthed on the road. The owner changed his job and goat farm due to the upcoming tourismand his age. Here you can have your classical café chico (P2.50), a café doble (P3.00), bebidas like Agua or ..- Sandwiches : De la Posta (P6.00) Del Campo (P5.00)- Vinos de...

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  • On the central plaza and local food

    We ate at the terrace of the restaurant which give a nice view on the main square...the waiter was really friendly and we ate very well!! I keep from this place a very good memory : good food, good wine and warm atmosphere...everything to spend a great evening! Tamales and matambre a la napolitana/la portugesa

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Cafayate Transportation

  • Cafayate to Tafi Del Valle

    After leaving Cafayate we moved on to Tafi del Valle, four hours journey by bus to the south. There are two buses a day with Aconquija which pass through Tafi del Valle on route to Tucuman. The first bus leaves at 6am and that's the one we took. The route is very scenic, especially at that time of morning when the sunrise lights up the mountains....

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  • Salta to Cafayate

    El Indio is the only company which runs buses between Salta and Cafayate, one of the most scenic routes in north-west Argentina. There are 3 buses per day, leaving Salta at 7am, 1pm and 7pm, and the journey takes about 4 hours. There is a short 15 minute stop at the halfway point where you can buy food and drinks. The scenery in the second half of...

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  • From Salta to Cafayate

    The five singles were transported in this area by a classic bus. Our drivers were excellent, the road sometimes hardImpressive was seeing the Movi track passing by on the way above the clouds and driving direction to the "Salina grande"All i know about this way of travelling is that a german travel buro is specialised in this way of traveling, In...

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Cafayate Off The Beaten Path

  • Visiting the Indian ruins of Quilmes

    There a some kilometers away from Cafayate...and they are really worth! Take a look at the page of Quilmes!

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  • School results presentation of a school

    Walking in the street, we saw a lot of children in uniform on the walkway near a big building : curious, we went in this building with opened doors (we can dot it, do we?) and we saw the presentation of the results of the pupils of the school of Cafayete... Each child is called and receive his report on the podium! I became jealous...in Belgium, we...

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  • CAFAYATE : RIO COLORADO

    Another pleasant little walk through the vineyards to get to the tiny Rio Colorado, about 5km north of Cafayate town.As it can get very hot to walk out here, as there is no shelter for a large distance, do start out really early, like 7am, to beat the heat.There are some trees and shelters when you arrive near the river. One can observe some traces...

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