The third day of our road trip took us from Cafayate, up Ruta 40 to Cachi. We passed through the beautiful Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrows Gorge), and had harsh blue skies above for most of the day. The driving was harder, as most of this section is gravel road.
Good morning pretty girl – Quebrada de las Flechas
Quebrada de las Flechas
One of the highlights on day three was our detour to Bodega Colomé, about 20 km outside of Molinos. I became really interested in the artist James Turrell before this trip, and happened to see that here in Salta province there is a museum dedicated solely to his work. It’s the only museum like this in the world – usually his installations are temporarily placed in museums, or built into buildings. And it’s surprising because this is a pretty difficult place to get to.
Unfortunately, we weren’t permitted to take cameras into the spaces. I’m not even sure how I would have photographed most of them. James Turrell is a light artist, and his works play with perception and color. One of the exhibits was a massive, blue-lit box of a room, where it wasn’t apparent how the room ended. Was it a wall? A trick of the lights? There was nothing to focus on but this solid field of color. A surreal experience.
This color room is similar to the one we saw in Colomé
James Turrell Museum – Bodega Colomé
Day two (and probably the highlight – we just finished up the road trip) took us south of Salta, back down through the Quebrada de las Conchas, ending in Cafayate. We did this same route in reverse when we left Cafayate, but being in our own vehicle, and stopping whenever we felt like it, completely transformed the drive.
The Garganta del Diablo
Getting set up for a GP (Go Pro) shot – Tres Cruces Mirador
This is our land!
I’ve discovered the torrontés varietal, and for the first time ever I’m really enjoying white wine. We’ve spent a few days here and haven’t done much more than tour the closest wineries and rent some bikes for a surprisingly difficult ride up to the Rio Colorado canyon. The hot days are chased away by windy afternoons and cooler evenings. It’s a nice place to be.
Riding bikes between vineyards
A desert hike
On our second day in Cafayate, we ran into Sarah and Henry, an English couple that we met very briefly in Frutillar, Chile. They arrived the night before we left that work-exchange, but they lived on famously in our memory because they convinced us that the Galapagos could be done cheaply, and they’re a major reason that we visited. It was surreal to accidentally see them again, 8 months later, touring the same free winery that we chose that morning. Besides the incredible time that had passed, it was also surprising to see them again as they had already been traveling for a year and a half when we met them the first time. In our minds (probably not theirs), we just weren’t going to see them again as they would probably have gone home… Meeting a couple that has traveled for longer than 2 years continuously really puts our trip in perspective.