Cafayate, Argentina

Cafayate is a small town nestled in the mountains of Salta Province (altitude 1,683m above sea level), most famous for its production of fine Argentine wines. It’s a sleepy place where you can kick off your shoes and watch the world go by whilst visiting some classy bodegas. Various tours are available and you can also rent bicycles which offer more freedom, allowing you to visit the bodegas of your choosing.

The town largely caters for tourists but it doesn’t seem overly commercialized or jam-packed with visitors, except during weekends when it can get a little busier. Despite its size there is a lot to do in and around Cafayate – the town is ideally situated next to the Quebrada de Cafayate which has some stunningly colourful rock formations. There are many tours available (with guides) which give you the opportunity to explore this breathtaking landscape. It’s also possible to go horse-riding for the day, rent quad bikes and partake in a host of other activities in the surrounding valleys.

There are a number of intimate bars in the town where you can enjoy some traditional folkloric musical performances but don’t expect a buzzing nightlife – Cafayate is an altogether more chilled-out place. The town is highly recommended as a quiet stopover if you’re making your way to the extreme north of Argentina or on your way to Bolivia.

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