A visit north of Cafayate to the Quebrada de los Flechas (Gorge of Arrows) is a breathtaking experience. Through the RÃo CalchaquÃ gorge, massive rocks are eroded into impossible-looking shapes and tall peaks that rise high into the sky. Its origins date back 15-20 million years ago, when the nascient Andes metamorphized the seabed into granite and quartz. Wind and rain did the rest of the work in creating the cragged rock spires and other formations.
Ruta Nacional 40 North
Other Activity Types:
The gorge stretches from before Angastaco to past Seclantas. The easiest ways to visit it are on tour or in vehicle. Public transportation only goes as far as Angastaco, 75 kilometers (46 mi) north of Cafayate (Flecha Bus, 11 a.m., return 8 p.m.). You could rent a bike, take the bus up to Angastaco ($1.50 extra charge), ride through the gorge and back to Angastaco to catch the return bus.
Price Description: No entry fee is charged into the gorge.
Relative price: Budget
Open Hours from:Dawn
Open Hours to:Dusk
Travel Skills: None
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 Conchas.