Quebrada de Cafayate…home of the Monk, the Toad and the Devil’s Throat

In a region full of surprises the Quebrada de Cafayate must count as one of the finest. Driving north following the Rio de las Conchas, the road heads out across a fertile valley given over to vine cultivation, but soon the valley narrows to become more gorge-like and the landscape changes from green to red as mountainous rock formations start to dominate the landscape.

Not just any rock formations, some are uncannily reminiscent of a variety of familiar things: castles, a monk and, yes, a toad. All of this is situated in a landscape that frequently beggars belief – rock formations that glow red, yellow and every colour in-between in the subtle light created by a setting sun. If you want to see what wind and water can do to a landscape over millennia, this is the place to see it.

Los Castillos, Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Los Castillos, Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

El Fraile (the Friar), Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

El Fraile (the Friar), Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

El Sapo (the frog), Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

El Sapo (the frog), Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

El Obelisco, Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

El Obelisco, Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Rock formation, Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

Rock formation, Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

El Garganta del Diabalo (the Devil's Throat), Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

El Garganta del Diabalo (the Devil’s Throat), Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina

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