Yesterday we got the 7am bus from Salta to Cafayate and enjoyed the most delicious crossiant filled with dulce leche (a thin milky caramel) for brekkie. I could definitely get used to this! Driving out of Salta we saw the most amazing sunrise over the mountains, it was a lovely sight and the rest of the journey was pretty special too. The bus took us through the Quebrada de Cafayate - huge canyons, beautifully coloured mountains and sandstone cliffs. The rocks were red, yellow, blue, green and brown depending on were the sun was shining.
Most of the impressive sights in the valley of the Rio las Conchas (Quebrada de Cafayate) are along the paved, 183km long National Route 68 that goes from Salta to Cafayate.
We also saw lots of llamas, munching grass on the side of the road, and pottery stalls for the passing tourists.
So far we´ve always been given seat numbers for the buses in South America and luckily we had the front seats so we had a great view of the landscape.
Cafayate is 1600m above sea level and is surrounded by some of the best vineyards in the country. We arrived at the town at 11ish, went to our hostel, El Balcon, got a double room/ensuite for 80 pesos (just over 13 pounds), bit more than we usually go for but the room is lovely and has a balcony with views of the mountains.
We had a walk round the small town which has a great atmosphere, got some empanadas for lunch and, as it was Sunday, watched the locals leaving the church in the square after mass. All of a sudden the square was filled with families - it was a lovely sight. Then as usual everything closed and the town was quiet so I finished reading the book I got Jem for his birthday caled A Million Little Pieces by James Frey who was an alcoholic and a drug addict. I´d highly recommend it, it´s very inspirational. Later I walked round the square and saw two donkey´s eating the grass in the square surrounded by dogs. When anyone went near the donkey´s the dogs barked like they were guarding them, a very funny sight!
It was a noisy night with parades around the town - the local football team won the league so lots of drums, shouting and celebrations.
Today we´ve been on two wine tours, in spanish, so not much went in but we had a free tasting at each and one had a museum. the first was Bodgea Domingo Hermanos and the second was Bodega Vasija Secreta which also has the Museo de Vino. It was good to look round the wineries. Lunch was empanadas again at a restaurant called La Casa de Las Empanadas (the house of the empanadas). We had 3 each, like little pasties filled with cheese, ham, goats cheese, meat etc) and they are only 25p each so it was a cheap lunch. We sampled the dulce leche ice-cream which was yummy! The shop also sold nerds and hubba bubba which was quite funny!
Tomorrow we get the 6am bus to Tucuman which is 7hrs away, lots of love xxxxx