|Cachi is yet another small village about 160km south west of Salta. We tried to get a direct connection from Cafayate but were not quite able to pull it off. It was a 5 hour bus journey in a bus that was not in the best of conditions; it is the ride to this town that is the main point of this trip. It is very windy dirt road that climbs to 3500 metres before settling back to 2500 metres of Cachi.
The journey to Cachi had clear blue skys which allowed us sweeping views of the valleys before entering Parque Nacional Los Cardones where the landscape levels out to the plains of the cardon (cactus). We were lucky to get these views as on the journey back the majority of the trip was in fog and the bus was carrying 20 more passengers than seats for the 4 hour return journey.
Cachi itself was a pleasant relaxing town with a plaza surrounded by cobblestone streets and white adobe houses.
The area is known for growing red peppers and we have arrived at harvest time so we were able to see fields of peppers being dried in the sun.