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Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Argentina, South America

La Quebrada de las Conchas

I had a 10 hour bus ride across the Andes from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Salta Argentina. We crossed at the Jama Border crossing. I had the cream of the crop seat, at the very front of the double decker bus on the second floor. I had an amazing view of the whole trip. Arriving in Salta, I was met with good luck – I was invited on a day trip through La Quebrada de las Conchas en route to Cafayate, Argentina.

Only thing about driving through the Andes with a front row seat with the speedometre above your head? When you are taking the extremely twisty and turny road and enter cloud and can no longer see 5 feet infront of you but, notice that the driver is still going 60kmp…. That is when your heart starts to pound like its on its way to a stroke. But all is well. I arrived safe and sound.

Im staying at the Correcaminos Hostel located at 353 Vicente Lopez in Salta, Argentina. It is a lovely place with even lovelier employees! There is only one other girl here, Nortia, a porteña (Buenos Aires citizen).

One of the employees. Miguel, informed me that Norita and himself were going through the Quebrada de las Conchas (also known as the Quebrada de Cafayate) tomorrow on the way to Cafayate for the day. Extended the invite to me. I took him up on the offer!

Day 6, I spent in a car with Miguel, Norita, and Cristian our guide driving through the Quebrada de Cafayate. Stunning mountains with even better colours! I spent the entire day speaking Spanish! That is a HUGE feat for me since I am only half competent in the Language! But the day was spectacular with too many laughs to remember, and so many beautiful places its hard to believe this was not in my original travel plans!

Read about the Quebrada de Cafayate here.

Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers!

Jump for Joy in the Quebrada de Cafayate, Argentina