Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Mum and Dad's Visit

After meeting Mum and Dad in BA we came back up to Salta. We had lots of fun around town eating and drinking far too much. We went on a road trip up to Cachi and then down to Molinos via exciting dirt roads.

We followed signs to a remote valley to the Colome winery, a biodynamic winery that encompasses a whole valley with gardens to supply the needs of the workers and restaurant. It's all very grand, and since we arrived and waited around for a while to find someone, the PR manager actually took us on a big tour of the whole operation.

From here we continued down through the spectacularly eroded Calchaqui river canyon (Quebrada del Calchaquies) to Cafayate.

The next day we went to Quilmes ruins. These ruins date from around 1000AD and were a complex settlement set into the hillside near a river. The Quilmes people survived contact with the Incas from 1480 onwards but lost their siege against the Spanish conquistadors who deported the last 2000 inhabitants to Buenos Aires in 1667 as they refused to work for the conquistador's farms.

It has thick defensive walls and you can still see the outlines of the interconnected courtyards and buildings from up on the ridge. It's an interesting place and we got to see a ceremony to Pachamama that was going on in the grounds for the first day of the warm season.

More wine and then we headed back up to Salta via the Quebrada del Cafayate.


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