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Los Medanos

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Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta
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Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta

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Explore the stunning landscapes of northwest Argentina without the hassle of driving. This full-day tour from Salta takes you through the Valley of Lerma, and past the dramatic red-rock mountains of Quebrada de las Conchas, to Cafayate where you can relax by sampling a few local wines..
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Queen J wrote a review Aug 2020
California2,055 contributions716 helpful votes
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Los Medanos are some sand dunes near Cafayate. If you've never seen sand dunes before, it's worth a stop. If you have some extra time around sunset, it might be worth the 2 hours to climb a dune and see the sandy landscape stretch to the mountains on one side and to the red canyons on the other. Obviously, the big draw near Cafayate is the Quebrada Canyon area, but this is a nice stop if you want a short hike to a different kind of view.. The trailhead to the dunes is an 8km drive (about 12 minutes) from Cafayate on Highway 68. It's easy to miss, so after 7km, slow down and look for a small shoulder off the road on your right. There is a green welcome sign for the Quebrada de Las Conchas. It does not mention the dunes, but this is the spot. There isn't a parking lot, so just make sure you park well off the road. The trailhead is not marked. It is a sand road with lots of overgrown brush that closes in at the start, and further down, it becomes a sand trap. You will not be able to get out if you attempt to drive down this road. Walking the "trail" / road is hot and rather boring although you can see the red canyons in the distance. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the dunes. Toward the end, the road widens and the trail simply disappears, but if you just wander around for a few minutes, you will see a large dune in front of you like a wall of sand. Climb up it to walk around the top and see the mountains and canyons surrounding the valley. If it is too steep, climb it in a switchback pattern. (Climb diagonally with a slight incline instead of straight up to the top.) Your shoes will be full of sand. If you wish to get a good workout, you could spend a bit of time walking the entire dune. The sand is very bright, fine, and soft. It is HOT here, so I recommend you visit when the sun is setting. Bring water. Bring a hat and sunglasses. There isn't any shade, restrooms, benches, or picnic tables. We spent about 10 minutes walking around the top and taking pictures. We did not see anyone else here, so we had the dunes to ourselves. The whole trip from Cafayate took maybe an hour a half.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Chris B wrote a review Oct 2019
Antwerp, Belgium119 contributions65 helpful votes
Just walking around while you are alone in this amazing mini landscape feels privileged. Was there in the late afternoon. Not exactly knowing were to go. Suppose every path you go leads you to a part of the sand hill. Beautiful desert landscapes and in the background the mountains.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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LadyFromBelgium wrote a review Dec 2017
Dendermonde97 contributions23 helpful votes
We found the location and the sign "Los Medanos" but there was a fence all along the sandy road beside the main road. So we could not enter. We drove on this sandy road with our 4x4 but didn't find an entrance through the fence or dense bushes !!!!
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Furio27 wrote a review Jan 2016
Rome, Italy85 contributions15 helpful votes
After the long (but really rewarding) drive from salta, a good way to do some sport and seeing a unusual spot. The dunes (medanos in Spanish) are 6 km away from cafayate. You can easily rent a bike in the town (there are plenty of shops, the one in the main square are less cheap). The ride is really pleasant, on a bike path along the main road to salta and some wine yards. The last part is on a path inside the bush. The dunes itself are not gorgeous but are certainly worth a photo and from their top you will have a very nice view of all the valley and the mountains surrounding it. Very recommended
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Date of experience: January 2016
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