"A town of Bodegas" Top 5 Page for this destination Cafayate by barryg23

Cafayate Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 161 photos

I'd never heard of Cafayate before coming to Argentina but as we travelled through the country we bumped into many travellers who recommended a visit to the town. As often happens while travelling, it's the places you don't know about initially but discover along the way that can turn out to be the most memorable.

That was certainly the case with Cafayate, where four fantastic days were spent hiking in the countryside, visiting family owned vineyards, enjoying excellent wines, and in general just relaxing and enjoying life.

Cafayate is the second most important wine growing area in Argentina after Mendoza, but the vineyards and bodegas in Cafayate are far more traditional, welcoming and interesting than the larger ventures in Mendoza. Cafayate is well known for its excellent Torrontes wine. I'm not normally a white wine fan but after tasting a torrontes in Cafayate, I almost gave up red wine for the duration of our stay!

The town is at altitude of 1683 metres and enjoys an excellent climate with plenty of sunshine. The population is about 10,000 but despite its popularity with tourists it still retains a small town feel and charm.

There is good hiking very close to the town, especially around the Rio Colarado a few kilometres to the west, while further afield the the rock formations on the road from Salta are a very popular attraction.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wine, hiking & waterfalls
  • Cons:Difficult to find information about trekking and climbing
  • In a nutshell:An essential stop in a beautiful part of Argentina
  • Last visit to Cafayate: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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