Cafayate, Argentina wine country.
July 28, 2014 – August 1, 2014
Our next stop was Cafayate, Argentina in Argentina’s wine country. Surrounded with at least a dozen wineries and lots of scenic desert canyons and gorges that rival those in New Mexico, Cafayate turned out to be our favorite city in northern Argentina.
Cafayate offers days of winery touring, wine tasting, hiking and van tours through the canyons. The small town is popular with tourists and considered by some to be a ‘yuppy’ town.
Winery Tours and Wine Tasting
There are at least a dozen wineries within a short walking distance of the town and more accessible by a short taxi ride. We toured several which were rated highly, taking their tours and of course tasting their wine! Argentina is widely known for its Malbec wine, but the main grapes grown in this part of wine country are the lesser known Tannat (red) and Torrontes (white) both taste great!
The two popular types of grapes grown in Cafayate are Tannat (red) and Torrontes (white).
This corking machine can cork 6 bottles at once.
Touring the Canyons and Gorges around Cafayate
A short distance from town is a large collection of canyons and gorges as spectacular as those in the South West US. This area is sometimes called the Grand Canyon of Argentina, and definitely worth a visit if you are ever in Northern Argentina.
This rock is called the sinking ship.
Colorful rock gorges.
This gorge opens up into a natural amphitheater.
Concerts are held here in this natural amphitheater
Hiking through the Cascadas del Rio Colorado
Just south of town (15 minute cab ride down a dirt road) you can find the Cascadas del Rio Colorado hike. A hike up a narrow gorge filled with giant stones and dozens of cascadas (waterfalls).
A tight squeeze through the gorge.
We elected to walk back to town rather than take another taxi ride. It was about a 45 minute walk, thankfully downhill, through the dry desert scrubland, and offered great views of Cafayate in the distance.
Cafayate was a relaxing destination with plenty of easy to see attractions. It also offered warmer weather than we had experienced in a long time, which was noticeably lacking in the other towns we had visited in northern Argentina. We would recommend Cafayate to anyone visiting northern Argentina, as it has a lot to offer.