Argentina is such an amazing, geologically diverse country. In the south you can go hiking in the incredible Andes, while in regions of the north you can go trekking in tropical jungles and explore the thundering Iguazu falls. But one thing that you can find in many areas of Argentina are the world renowned vineyards, particularly in the area surrounding Mendoza and Cafayate. The scenery in this South American nation is simply breath taking and bus journeys and road trips should be looked at as adventures in themselves. Driving Route 68 from Salta heading south to the wine region of Cafayate, will take your breath away with its incredible red rock formations and meandering rivers. Leaving the city limits of Salta, you’ll find yourself traveling through farm land dotted with villages. These green pastures and rolling hills soon transition into rugged red rock cliffs with interesting natural geological formations. If you can, budget extra time to make a few stops at these natural wonders, which also gives you a great opportunity to stretch your legs. The first one you’ll come across is called the Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo), which is basically a large slit in the side of a small sandstone mountain. You can walk all the way into the back of the “throat” and admire the many layers upon layers of rock that have been compressed and twisted by nature over the years. Keep driving a bit further down the road and you’ll come to the impressive El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheater). This is a very large and imposing natural auditorium cut out of sand stone rock in the side of a mountain. Be sure to warm up your vocal cords to test out the acoustics while you’re inside this massive amphitheater. There are a few more natural wonders along the way, including El Sapo (Toad), El Fraile (Friar), El Obelisco (Obelisk) and Los Castillos (Castles). None are marked very well with signs so be sure to take a good map or guide book with you.
As you drive, keep your eyes peeled for wild burros wandering along the banks of the river and birds of prey in the air. On your final approach to the town of Cafayate you’ll enter the wine region, as evidenced by the rows upon rows of grapes and the advertisements of various wineries. Once in Cafayate, you can relax and for a few days and sample Argentina’s world famous wine.