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Cafayate Travel Guide: 47 reviews and 160 photos

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!

  • Last visit to Cafayate: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Feb 14, 2005
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