The Northwest of Argentina - Cachi and Cayafate

Evening atmosphere in Cachi. 

Getting from Salta to Cachi

The road from Salta to Cachi is around 160km long and leads through the Cardones National Park. Several kilometers over the mountain pass are unpaved but the slow driving pace gives you more time to marvel at the stunning views. 

Make sure to stop at the top and take in the 360 degree view.

We saw lots of Guanacos on our way through the national park. 

We also met this little fellow who stole our snack when I tried to take it out of the trunk.


Cachi is a small town with some great restaurants. Our dinner, paired with local high altitude wines, at El Bistro de Cachi was simply amazing. 

For the best view over Cachi and its surrounding mountains head to the cemetery located just above the town. 


Driving to Cafayate 

The distance between Cachi and Cafayate is just 160km but brace yourself for a long day on the road. It took us literally the whole day to reach Cafayate driving an average of 30km/h on the gravel washboard road.

Thankfully there was a lot to see along the road. 

The highlight being the road through the Quebrada de las Flechas.

Eating and drinking our way around Cafayate

Cafayate is a haven for food and wine lovers. 

The town is filled with little wineries offering tours and tastings. 

Some wineries also have restaurants offering set meals with wine pairings. It's time to spoil yourself! 

Translation: There are only two types of wines: those which I drink and those which I want to drink.

But there is more - at Cabras de Cafayate you can visit a farm producing goat and cow cheese.

 Of course the tasting is paired with some delicious wines. 

Need a break from all he wine? Try another local specialty - Alfajores. This sweet treat can be found all around Argentina. It's typically a layer of dulce de leche between two cookies, covered in chocolate. Here in Cafayate they make it with lots of different flavors. 

More wine, this time as ice cream created by Heladeria Miranda. We just couldn't resist. 

There are many more wineries in the hills around Cafayate. Most of them offer tastings for small fees on the spot. 

The views are for free. 

Pachamama Museum 

This was a fun stop on our onward travel to Tafi del Valle, 66km south of Cafayate.

This museum of rocks was created by the artist Héctor Cruz.

It's like a giant stone mosaic dedicated to Pachamama, Mother Earth. 

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