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Wine-flavored ice cream? It’s possible at Helados Miranda in Cafayate, Argentina (just off the main square). Since this was just one of many stops on the wine tasting tour, I opted for a double-scoop spacer: Torrontes and Cabernet.

Besides the tasty vintages (and ice cream), this region of Argentina also boasts incredible scenery. On a day trip north from Salta, you can follow the Río las Conchas as the highway twists through red and pink Grand Canyon-esque scenery.

Highlights along the road include El Anfiteatro, an inspiring natural amphitheatre; the Garganta del Diablo, a tall, throaty rock crevice; and the Posta de las Cabras, part goat farm, part touristy rest stop. The Posta offers delicious deserts, boutique cheeses, sandwiches, and a café latte or glass of Malbec.

If you don’t have your own transportation, there are many tour providers leaving the city of Salta daily for the Valley of Calchaquies/ Salta Wine Route. So pack a picnic, hiking boots, camera and bottle opener – because the Quebrada de Cafayate is a great addition to any Argentine holiday.

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