Cafayate and the Quebrada's
Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
73Trip End Ongoing
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A lovely little town with only 13,000 +- inhabitants. Quiet streets, gorgeous wineries, and the awesome surrounding Quebrada's. Officially the surrounding region is named Valley of the Rio las Conchas- an area with some of the most curious and colorful rock formations I have ever seen.
I really wish my comprehension of the Spanish language was a bit stronger because I went on the most lovely tour of the Quebrada's but the guide only spoke Spanish. (Of course, why wouldn't he... I am, after all in Argentina!) The bits and pieces I was able to understand were quite interesting- the different colors in the rocks were made due to oxidization of the mineral content of the rocks. Yellows, greens, reds and orange hues seemed to POP from these oddly formed stones. The formations were sculpted by the winds and rains in this region.
On our way back to town we were treated with the most amazing lightning storm that I have seen during this trip. Bright lightning bolts danced across the sky as the loud thunder echoed and crackled in the night's sky. It didn't start raining until I was walking back to my hostel- and within a couple of blocks I was completely drenched- it was as if I had taken a shower with all of my clothes on!
Today was a very good day. I can not wait to see what is in store for me tomorrow.