A cosy town at the foot of the mountains in Valles Calchaques. We even have to spend a couple of nights there. The first time was on the way from Cumbres Calchaquies to Cerro Malcante, and the second time was on our way from Cerro Malcante to Cerro Bolsón de los Cerillos.. So I feel at home; I know what to expect, and I know where and what to eat. To kill the afternoon, Rob and I go for a walk in the streets.
Even though most agree that the root of Cafayate is Quechua, the meaning of the term is disputed. Some claim it to mean “Box of Water”, others to be a deformation of Capac-Yac (“Great Lake”) or Capac-Yaco (“Great Chief” or “Wealthy People”). Another Cacán version understands it as “Grave of Sorrows (from Wikipedia)
Many of the walls are covered with paintings. They look cool, and I’m trying to photograph some of them and bring them into the digital world. I don’t know the real names of the paintings, but that doesn’t stop me from making them up.
The Valles Calchaques is famous for its wine production, soon we arrived at the Museum of the Vine and Wine of Cafayate. After the exhibition, as expected, we tasted the wines. Together with the museum staff, we follow the AG-PL football match closely and taste the local wine. A perfect combination
Argentina wins football, and we take to the streets to celebrate with everyone. There is certainly no shortage of joy and noise.
It’s a lovely town, a great place to stop for a short break, with good restaurants, good quality, and tasty wines. Tomorrow we head for Cerro Bolsón de los Cerillos.