After a few days in Salta, the second biggest city in the north west of Argentina, we headed to Cafayate, a tiny village four hours to the south. Known mainly for its wineries and vineyards, Cafayate is set in a beautiful green valley, surrounded by red mountains on all sides and while most people come here to enjoy the outdoor adventures out of town, we fell in love with the little village itself.
We had what we thought were the best empanadas in all of Argentina (including Quinoa-filled ones!), explored the quiet tree-lined streets and had a cone of the famous Torrontes white wine ice cream, which was…interesting, and enjoyed cycling to the nearby vineyards – gorgeous!
The main attraction though was the Quebrada de Cafayate, the mountain range which runs between Salta and Cafayate. The bus passed right through here on the ride down, one of the most stunning bus rides we have ever taken, if slightly nauseating, through winding mountain roads lined with bright red rocks that reminded us of Sedona and even the Grand Canyon. We hopped on a tour to explore more of the mountains and were shown one impressive place after another. We climbed into and around rocks that felt like being on the moon, were fascinated by rock formations, gorges and got the goosebumps listening to a man sing a desperate love song in an all-natural rock amphitheater with the best acoustics we’ve ever heard!