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Photography is to paint with light, that own light that the peoples of the Argentine North have: in their landscapes, in their faces and in their people.
In December last year I decided to travel to Northern Argentina. The tour, which I started in the capital of Tucuman, had as the first stop Tafí del Valle, in La Estancia Jesuita the Racing, located just 12 kilometers from the city. It is a natural refuge that opens between the hills of Tucuman with a landscape that enchants those who visit the centre of the estancia, which in addition to being a museum, hotel and restaurant offers the option of visiting and touring the tambo. Thus, it is possible to see the step by step of the manufacture of the mythical Tafí cheeses, declared National Gastronomic Heritage, which are still produced with the centuries-old technique used by the Jesuits when they were based in that area.
The tour continues along the meandering RP307, passing through Amaicha del Valle where, if you go in time, I suggest you visit the Pachamama Museum and, after taking the RN 40 towards the North, after a little more than two hours of travel, you will arrive at the Salteña town of Cafayate, known as worldwide for its production of high altitude wines. This place has a special charm that mixes international tourism, which receives year by year (based on its first line vineyards), with its little streets and local people who have a superlative pride in making you know their village.
In Cafayate you will find one of the most visited vineyards of all in Argentina: It is Bodega Piattelli-Yeah.Its owner is an American tycoon named Jon Malinski. Almost all of the wine is exported to the United States and Europe, only a small part remains in Argentina and South America. The place offers guided tours where the whole history of the vineyard is told, which is only a few years old in Salta, and which also has a branch in Mendoza; both produce different types of wine according to their soil.
Cafayate, the second center of production of quality wine in Argentina, is a very beautiful territory, with the green vineyards and high mountains as backdrop. It is, without a doubt, one of the most seductive destinations in the North Argentinian.
With a selection of excellent accommodations for every budget, and several wineries, from new boutiques to giants like the one I mentioned, to visit in and around the city, invite you to an extended stay. The weather accompanies almost all year round, so you can enjoy it whenever you want.
Publication Date: 21/06/2020
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