La quebrada de Cafayate

It’s not very deep – most places the water barely covers my feet, at the deepest it doesn’t even reach my knees – but we can still feel the latent forces of the wide river as we cross it. No wonder the rivers here can destroy roads during rainy season, no wonder there’s a sign near the road to be aware and take care near the water. But this is not rainy season; the river is just a mere shadow of its powerful self and we can cross it.

There’s something liberating about throwing off your shoes, ripping off your socks and step into a muddy river, to feel the soft wet mud under your bare soles, the water caressing your bare feet . Combine that with a lazy shallow river with water reflecting the rays of the sun. Combine that with a massive red block with stunning red cliffs. Combine that with steep purplish canyons. Freedom! I feel free – and high, high on nature!

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina
Ice cream, wine ice cream, that’s what lured me to Cafayate. Anything ice cream and you have my attention. I love ice cream, you might have got that by now. I didn’t know about the Quebrada, I didn’t know about the colors, I didn’t know about the canyons, I didn’t know about the beauty – it took me all by surprise, but what a surprise. Think red, think purple, think yellow, add a bit of green, put it all on some hills, some mountains, make layers of it, make stripes, make patterns. Add some canyons, add some odd trees in the openings of a canyon, add cacti and spread it all over a huge area. Put in some weird formations that people can make out as something familiar – a train, a frog, a queens head – after a couple of glasses of wine too many, and there you have it: Quebrada the Cafayate.

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

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Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, ArgentinaQuebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina