Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Cafayate’

el-esteco-winery-2

That about sums up the four nights we spent in Cafayate, Argentina last week before heading to Iguazu Falls (where we are now).

Cafayate is a small little town about three and a half hours south of Salta. We took a bus there last Monday morning, and it didn’t take long to fall in love.

There were several things that appealed to us about Cafayate, one being that it is known for its wineries. Being that it’s summer here and the weather is beautiful, we figured it would be a great time to go drink some good wine in a charming little town. We also decided to do as the locals do and rent bikes to get ourselves around to said wineries. We spent a lovely day riding around town and checking out the local wine, enjoying the free tastings, and buying bottles from the wineries for as low as five dollars. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.

el-esteco-winery-5

el-esteco-winery-6

el-esteco-winery-11

etchart-bodega-1

us-in-front-of-etchart-bodega-1

Another thing that brought us to Cafayate was the Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas. This area is just north of Cafayate, and it is a series of rock formations that were formed by a river. There are several canyons, also, and these rock formations were amazing because of the multicolored sands and sediment. Again, much like some of the landscapes we saw in Bolivia, the multitude of colors was amazing.

We went on a half day jeep tour the first day we arrived in Cafayate. It left at about 2pm, and we rode in a little van/bus type hybrid, stopping and hiking at different points along the way. It was fairly relaxed, and it gave us a chance to see all the beautiful scenery.

quebrada-del-rio-de-las-conchas-59

In addition the wonderful wine and scenery in Cafayate and the surrounding area, we started to find out why Argentina is so famous for their beef. Argentines love their beef, as it is on every single menu in many different varieties.

One of the things we tried and have continued to have on an almost daily basis (much to the chagrin of our waistlines) is a lomito, which is a sandwich typically served for lunch. This sandwich starts with about an 8 inch piece of french bread, then a small, thin piece of steak, topped with cheese, then ham (they put ham on everything here), then the secret ingredient of a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of sauces, usually mayo, mustard, and hot sauce. YUMMMM!!! It is fantastic, and I can see myself eating these quite often as we are here for about three months.

We also had steak for dinner one night. I had a sirloin steak that was nearly a pound, and Megan had a filet mignon, about a half pound. I also had a liter of beer, we had an appetizer, and she had a soda, and our bill was about $22.

Yes, Argentina is going to be just fine, just fine indeed…

P.S. One more thing, since we’ve had internet again on our laptop since we’ve been in Iguazu, we’ve been able to get a bunch of pictures uploaded to our Flickr account, including all Inca Trail and Machu Picchu pictures (and a very small sampling of our trip to Iguazu Falls yesterday, which we’ll post about next), so here’s a link to our main page for the trip, and then they’re organized into countries, then cities from there. It’s pretty self-explanatory.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7845154@N06/collections/72157608264290560/

Advertisements

Read Full Post »