Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Vinas de Cafayate

Flag of Argentina  , Northern Argentina,
Sunday, November 1, 2009

We had a few wineries to visit so we set off at 10am and by 10.30 we were swigging wine. Unlike my last wine tasting adventure with mum and dad in the Hunter Valley (when we were all drunk by 11am and on arriving at a Tyrrells for another tour we had to decline their tastings and ask for a cup of coffee) we took it easy and visited two wineries.

However the day was boiling. Cafayate has this amazing micro-climate and the sun was beating down on us. This made us very thirsty and at lunch we drank a little too much thinking that we were heading back to our hotel. What we had failed to remember was that our guide was driving us out to Argentina's answer to Macchu Pichu. Within ten minutes of setting off Ian and I were sound O.

The Ruinas de Quilmes is quite spectacular (even with a head of wine). It was home to a community of the indigenous Quilmes between the 11th and 17th Century. Some 5,000 people lived within this walled city at its peak. They were a strong fighting group and kept the Spanish at bay for many years before the Spanish strangled their water supply and forced them out.

Back home for that much wanted sleep.

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