Mmm more vino

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Sep 18, 2008

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Flag of Argentina  , Northern Argentina,
Thursday, August 14, 2008

After a record 2 hours sleep, we were up getting ready to leave for Cafayate.  Despite having a little panic when we could not find a taxi, one appeared and we made our way to the bus station with 10 mins to spare before our bus left.

The drive was supposed to take 4 hours and we settled in for a snooze. Canīt tell you much about the scenery for the first 2 hours. The last hour or so (he was a speedy driver) was stunning.

We drove through the Quebrada de Cafayate or the Quebrada de Conchas which is large canyon. The area used to be full of water but now is very dry except for a shallow river flowing through. It does have the appearance of the wild west and we half expected to see some cowboys!

Upon arrival at Cafayate, we found a nice place to stay and then headed off to find breakfast. Cafayate is a small town (about 10000 inhabitants) and is said to have the best vineyards in all Argentina.  Days are warm all year - Taj found it very hot!

The town seemed like the Argentinian version of Martinborough!

After lunch, we tried the famous wine icre cream. Taj chose the Torrontés which is a local type of white wine and Olivia had the cabernet. Wow, what a kick!

What else to do now in a town famous for itīs wine but to go wine tasting!  We visited three bodegas in the town and enjoyed the samples.  At a couple of places, they thought our spanish was better than it really was so we didnīt really understand much. We made a couple of guilt purchases in those places...

This tasting made us sleepy so it was time for a short nap before our late Argentinian dinner. Problem was we didnīt wake up until 8am the next morning. Oops!
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