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

Quebrada de Cafayte, Argentina

The Quebrada de las Conchas (Valley of the Shells), also known as Quebrada de Cafayate, is a closed valley or ravine known for its beautiful scenery in the province of Salta, Argentina, near the town of Cafayate.

Looking over the small town of Alemenia

The valleys and mountains of Quebrada de Cafayate extend across the northern province of Argentina called Salta and all the way up to Bolivia. The Inca´s lived in the Region long ago but after the Spanish invasion most either were killed or were traded as slaves.

Sinking titantic. Can you see it?

Route 68 connects Salta with Cafayate driving through the Quebrade de Cafayate. This route has views of geomorphology and many varied colors. Among the sights is the Garganta del Diablo, reddish sedimentary rocks eroded by concentrated water flow in the geological past. Other landforms observable by the side of the road are the Amphitheatre, the Monk, the toad, windows, Castles, etc.

Having fun!

The gorge is a modern geological accident, caused by tectonic movements that took place in the last two million years.

llama llama llama!!

Along the way, during my trip, I stopped at a little house. It didnt look like much. Just a small house on the side of the road close to nothing. But then I saw llamas, sheep, and cats. This was a small handicraft place which also produce cheese and cook on a solar stove! It was pretty neat.



  1. Nice! It looks beautiful there. I absolutely love Argentina. Is this place more northern or Southern Argentina? It doesn’t really look like Patagonia in South, where I’ve been, but I’d love to go sometime. Thanks for sharing,


    • Hey Nate,
      This is in Northern Argentina between Salta and Cafayate. It is stunning and the colours will take your breath away!