The devil´s throat

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
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Trip End Sep 18, 2008


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Friday, August 15, 2008

Wow what a sleep. Almost 14 hours! Breakfast at the hotel with medialunes (yum!) and then we were off to sample some more wine. After some morning booze, we headed off to collect our washing and check email.

We had organised a tour for the afternoon of the Quebrada so we wandered around town exploring before the tour was to start, stopping in at the Cathedral.  We couldnīt go far in as we both were wearing shorts.

After a tasty lunch of empanadas, humita, ravioli and beer and wine, it was time for our tour to start.

Initially we were thinking of biking our way through the Quebrada but turns out itīs 50km each way and we didnīt fancy that much exercise.

Heading off on our tour, we ventured back into the Quebrada. The rocks were shaped by wind and water over time, producing some amazing formations. One huge rock even looked like a sinking titanic!

We spent the next few hours stopping in at different sites (including a little walk) and taking photos.

The layered rock (with sulphur, copper, and other minerals) was incredible and is the only place in the world where it is found like this. The colours are stunning! Many of the layered formations were resting on an angle and it is thought these large ledges collapsed.

One of the sites is called the anfiteatro and every September hosts a concert.  The space is huge and we were lucky enough to hear someone playing a flute while we were there. The acoustics were amazing! Our guide said it was formed by a waterfall that has long since dried up.

The other ībigī stop was the Garganta del Diablo (devilīs throat). Again, another massive formation - carved out of the rock. There are different theories on how it got itīs name. Some say because of the colour and shape. Another theory was that some very hot winds pushed the rock out at some point and it looked like fire from hell. Maybe another waterfall formed it?

After a brief stop to meet a bus our other tour buddies were catching, Taj decided to climb a few rocky outcrops.

We arrived back in Cafayate and decided to try out our purchased wine. Yum!
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