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Quebrada de las Conchas - Other Activity Cafayate - Argentina

Some 90 million years ago, before the Andes warped the landscape, the region north of Cafayate was a vast inland sea. Its remains are now Quebrada de las Conchas, stunning rock formations carved by wind and rain, by heat and cold. Sea shells stud rock layered in white, russet, pale blue and other colors. The 40-kilometer (24-mi) long canyon begins just six kilometers (3.6 mi) from town with Los Médanos. The most renowned configurations are La Yesera (27.5 km / 17 mi), El Anfiteatro (46 km / 28 mi) and Garganta del Diablo (46.5 km / 28.5 mi).


Ruta Nacional 68

Cafayate, Argentina

Other Activity Types:
Natural park, Scenic route

Getting There

The best way to get to Quebrada de las Conchas is in a rented car, though it is possible to take a bus from Cafayate to Salta and simply hop out at Garganta del Diablo ($3.20). You can then hike down the highway to other formations. Later, walk back to the road and catch another bus back into town or hitch. If driving or biking, be aware the road is very sinuous.

Travel Tips:

The Quebrada de las Conchas is a provincial nature reserve that follows along the Río Las Conchas. High winds can kick up in the afternoon.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Bring along water and food, plus protection against the sun and chill wind.

Visit the wineries (bodegas). Check out the wine and archaeological museums. Visit the small villages and artisan workshops along Rutas Nacional 68 and 40. Go hiking in Quebrada de las Flechas.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

Here are other activities in and around Cafayate that may be of interest: Cerro San Isidoro, Bodegas and Quebrada de los Flechas.

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