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Cafayate & Salta

Wine, nature & spanish....

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I have found my favourite spot in Argentina! I am so happy that we randomly picked this little town for a stopover on our way to Salta…so far it’s the most charming town we have visited in Argentina!

Cafayate is a small town that pretty much is placed in the middle of vineyards, and these vineyards is protected by massive mountains...which means it’s also pretty hot! (=sweet, sweet white wine. Also called torrentes)
Our first day we did a day tour to QUEBRADA DE CAFAYATE, which is beautiful landscape made out of big, red mountains shaped by wind & sand:
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Of course we had to visit one of the many vineyards…so our choice for the day was ETCHART BODEGA, which is the oldest vineyard in Cafayate:

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I never thought I would ever eat wine….but now that’s another thing I can tick off on the list of things I have done. They actually have an ice cream shop in Cafayate where u can buy ice cream made out of red & white wine…it’s nice to have tried, but ill definitely stick with the baileys ice cream;)

Last week we spent in Salta where we did a 1 week Spanish course. I thought I only had to put an o at the end of every word(perfecto, fantastico etc) but unfortunately it’s a tiny little bit more complicated than that…but we are getting there..

Back to school:
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Salta is one of the northerners city in Argentina…you don’t have to check the map to know that Bolivia is next door. Bolivian/Peruvian art & craft is everywhere and the people here have a lot more Bolivian in them (a foot smaller & a shade darker).
In Salta u get a chance to get a proper history lesson at the MAAM museum! I don’t know what I should call this museum experience, but maybe unique would be the best word. In the 15th century, when the Inca people ruled south America (with Cusco as a centre) they believed the mountains where the most sacred place on earth (maybe closer to God?). The Inca people’s traditions often included religious rituals. These rituals often consisted of sacrificing animals and children. The children that got sacrificed were often the ones that were seen as the most beautiful and came from the home of a ruler. After days of other rituals these children got taken to a sacred place (often the top of a mountain)…after getting heaps of beer and clothed with the best of the best, they got left underground (with gold, silver etc) to die (the Incas didn’t believe the children actually died, but that they would watch over the whole world from the top of the mountain and give good luck). In 1999 three children belonging to the Inca culture were found on top of Llullaillaco volcano (6700 meters high). Because of the high altitude and the low temperature, along with low atmospheric pressure these children were found pretty much how they were left. Even if they probably are 400 years old they are still in the same conditions as they were when they actually died. They still have “perfect” skin and eyes, nails, hair etc. At the MAAM museum u get to see one of these children and it is for sure the craziest thing I have ever seen in a museum!

At the moment we are in Sucre in Bolivia after a 4 day tour out in the middle of nowhere. I have seen so much and even been up as high as 5000 meter above sea level...it was that high up that James vomited for an hour(sorry, James)...and slept in villages that only have electricity from 6pm-10pm...but will tell u about that later....

-Tonje, that now can say “mi nombre es Tonje…soy norwega y tengo 26(veinteseiss) anos”-

Posted by Oreo 13:31 Archived in Argentina

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