Entering Salta

Trip Start Dec 30, 2004
Trip End Jan 23, 2005

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Where I stayed
Hostel Internacional El Balcon Cafayate
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
Cascadas del río Coloardo
Domingo Hermanos winery
Vasija Secreta winery
Museo de la Vid y el Vino
Quebrada de las Conchas
Catedral de Cafayate

Flag of Argentina  , Salta,
Wednesday, January 5, 2005

We left Tucumán (and Joel, who took another way, there) province to enter Salta. We arrived at noon in Cafayate: we were received by a very nice but hurried man. He brought us quickly to a hostel and after that rapidly to an excursion in the wineries.
In this city there are some of the most prestigious wineries in the country, where it's produced some of the best wine in the world. Cafayate has also a typical varietal original from this region: torrontés.
We visited two wineries: Vasija Secreta (the oldest in Cafayate) and Domingo Hermanos (the newest) where we tried some torrontés, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and syrah, and we bought some damajuanas (5 liters bottles) of wine for that night.
After that, we were starving as we hadn’t had anything since early in the morning, and a bit tired after the wine tasting, so we went to the first restaurant we found. It was awful but very cheap, and the food wasn’t too bad.
Back in the hostel we wanted to have a rest, but they offered us an excursion to the waterfalls in Colorado River. It was too expensive, but we wanted to do that anyway, so we decided to go without a guide. It was a 3 hours walk following the river.
So we got there. We took 2 taxis (they’re really cheap in the NOA), and then followed the river. After 3 hours we found the first waterfall. I think there are seven waterfalls, but we didn’t want to keep on waking, so we just stayed near the first one. We spend about an hour there.
The water was really cold, but the weather was warm, so we got wet in the falls. It was so relaxing, but we couldn’t stand long because of the freezing cold water.
As it was late and about to get darker, we dried ourselves and started the way back. It was much faster getting back.
Back in the hostel, I had a shower and took a rest. Fede was preparing grilled meat for everyone.
When had grilled meat sandwiches with the damajuana of wine. At the time we were having lunch, Ariel (an old friend of Diego) came and joined the group.
Revitalized by the asado and the showers, we wanted to have fun. So we went to a folkloric peña (a bar where you can drink or eat something and dance while a live show is played). We had a great time there.
  The next day we walked around the city. We tried the typical "wine icecream". It was two-flavored: torrontés and cabernet sauvignon.
We visited later the Wine and Grapevine Museum, where is explained the history of wine production and its production process.
At noon we left Cafayate in a bus through the Quebrada de las Conchas, between red mountains of weird shapes. The strange formations were product of years of wind and water erosion.
They have funny names like Sapo (frog), Anfiteatro (amphitheater). We had two stops where we could take photos: in a place called Tres Cruces (Three Crosses) and in an amazing red rock formation called Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat, not to be confused with Iguazu Falls).
There was a third stop in the small town of Alemanía where we could buy something to eat or drink. After the stop we kept on going to Coronel Moldes.
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