A popular tourist destination Cafayete is the second largest wine producing center in Argentina. Nonetheless, it still maintains that tranquil small town ambiance that makes it a perfect choice for a vacation. It is one of the most scenic towns with its vines fields backing out into the tapering mountains making it Argentina’s most spectacular destinations. It is easily accessible from the Salta via that passes through the rugged landscapes in the Quebrada de Cafayete. Alternatively, you can get to the town via the Valles Calchaquies road. One of the top tourist destinations, it has many top attractions including wineries, museums, artesanias, bodegas, and casinos.
One of the best attractions of Cafayete is its wineries of which there are tens in the town. If you are up for some wine, you will be spoilt for choice among all the wineries offering different brands and flavors.
1. No frill Wineries
The wineries range from the no frills types such as Casa de las Empanadas, the Piatelli, and the Parrilla Restaurants.
2. High Class Wineries
The high-class wines such as the dry white torrents and the rich red cabernet can be found in the high-class establishments and Bodegas such as Heladería Miranda, Bodega de las Nubes, and the Bodega Nanni, which are popular for wine tasting.
A good game always needs some good old gambling after all what is the use of some good wine without some games.
1. Slot Hall
The old colonial style town of Cafayete boasts a slot hall just one block from the town square on the city’s main street. The popular slot hall is very popular with tourists and comes with a state of the art 16 seat Roulette table, as well as high tech slot machines.
2. Nearby Casinos
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While Cafayete has only two notable museums, these are some of the most popular attractions in the town after the wineries.
1. The Archeological Museum (Museo Arqueológico)
This is a collection of black and gray ceramics assembled by private collector Rodolfo Bravo from nearby graves. Most are late Incan, Diaguita, Aguada, and Candelaria pottery and assorted artefacts that you simply cannot leave Cafayete without a look in.
2. The Museo de la Vid y El Vino
Showcases the wine history of the region through a variety of images and poems that are to say the least, quite outstanding. You can also get to buy the different types of wine from the café on the premises. The cafe is one of the best Attractions in Cafayete and will usually have Patrons downing the local wines at most times of the day.
Arts and Culture
If you are the artsy type, then you will like the artesanias in Cafayete. From private collections to well decorated wineries, this is a feast for the eyes. Jorge Barraco’s workshop features some of the most ornately carved anywhere in Argentina while you can buy any type of handicrafts from the Mercado Artesanal at an affordable price. If you want to check out some of the best handicrafts in Cafayete visit the very popular Baco for some tasty pasta and wines, which you can down while admiring the rustic decorations on the wall.
2. Cultural Festival
If you like to sample some of the local culture, the 3 day Serenata a Cafayate festival is one of the best attractions in town.