Cafayate is a really incredible place in Argentina, and one that I would highly recommend. I went only on a day trip from Salta, but I could definitely have justified staying a night or two in the wonderful little town.
We then had a few hours to kill, so we walked around town, grabbed some cheap empanadas, and then headed to the bodegas, or wineries. Cafayate is actually the place of the highest vineyards in the world! We did a wine tour at one place and did a couple tastings in a couple different bodegas. We tried torrontes, a fruity white wine that Cafayate is known for which was quite good, as well as some Malbecs and Cabernet Sauvignons. It was really good — and all free! Very nice indeed.
The tour to the quebrada was absolutely amazing! I couldn’t believe how beautiful the scenery was. There were all kinds of wonderful, bright red, rock formations. We were able to just stop off and walk and climb among them, so much fun! It reminded me quite a bit of out West in the States. Our guide was also playing this fun tribal music that made us feel like we were on safari (we joked around spotting giraffes and rhinos! hehe) and also reminded me a lot of Morocco, and our trip from Marrakesh to the Sahara.
The tour continued on to see many different rock formations — shaped like everything from monks to frogs! — and some really incredible red, red mountains. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking! And our adventurous guide led us up to all kinds of mountain top trails we would have never found for ourselves.
Finally the tour ended at the last two and most famous sights — El Anfiteatro (the amphitheater) and La Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). Both were spectacular gorges. The first had incredible acoustics, and there were a number of people playing music (including a bunch of guys also on our tour who were in an Argentinian hippie-ish band, “El Indio”). The second was just an incredible place that we could climb up and up and up into (being swallowed by the dragon!).