Cafayate

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Argentina’s second center for quality wine production, Cafayate is a popular tourist destination but still has a tranquil small-town feel. It’s a good-looking territory, with the green of the vines backed by soaring mountains beyond, and is one of northwest Argentina’s most seductive destinations. Most travelers to Argentina head to Mendoza for their wine tasting, but visiting bodegas around Cafayate is far easier as they’re much closer together. A tour of the Quebrada de las Conchas is a must if you’re in this part of the world. Its name translates as ‘Shell Ravine’ due to the marine fossils embedded in the rock which was once the sea bed. The porous sandstone has been sculpted over millennia by wind and rain creating a landscape of surreal formations.