Jul 13, 2010
Apr 19, 2011
In Molinos, a small village alsong the route, we decided ti check out a place to stay. We found a hostal and after a nap we went out in search of food, landing in a restaurant with the name "Three Chinese" but no, it did not serve Chinese food, just local food. But it was one of the cheapest meals ever. 43 pesos for 2 chicken Schnitzel with mixed salad and 2 drinks, that makes out CHF 5.50 per person!! And it was good, not fantastic, but good.
We hired a car and took the route from Salta to Cachi, Cafayate and back to Salta but that in two days. At first it was the challenge to get out of the city with its one way streets. After a while the tarmac road turned into a consolidated track going through the Quebrada de escopie and then twisting and turning up to the highest point at 3348m (Piedra del Molino).The landscape was just mesmerizing. Afterwards it went along a dead straight road for 14km before entering the Parque Nacional Los Cordones with tons of cactuses, some as high as 15m. In Payogasta we stopped for a picnic lunch before travelling through the Valles Calchuquies. The track became even more adventourous, being very narrow at some parts and with lots of tight bends.