This beautiful collection of whitewashed buildings is based in a valley about a 15 minute drive from Tafi de Valle. We arrived on an early morning bus from Tucuman that pvoided stunning views of the region as we climbed through a series of turns through the forest. We made the mistake of catching a taxi from the bus station when they would have been perfectly happy to pick us up.
The food is unusually innovative fior Argentina and the chef tries to make full use of the ingredients available on the estancia. This includes steaks, llama, regional locro stews and liberal use of the excellent Manchego cheese mentioned by other reviewers. This included a pasta dish with cheese and apple (hard to describe but it worked). There's also a good wine selection from the Cafayate area. The prices are no dearer than a typical restaurant so we didn't need to go back to Tafi.
The rooms are based around a pretty courtyard and are decorated in warm colours. From the bedroom window we had a good view of the brook and the mountains stretching off into the distance. Watching the sunrise was a memorable experience.
It's sometimes hard to remember that this is a working estancia but we had the chance to watch the chesse being made and also took a half day horse ride along the valley to see the property. We also took a half day walk to the Cascadas Alisos guided by one of the staff. This culminated at a stunning waterfall that was still partly frozen after the recent cold snap. Both of these activities were less than 100 pesos for two which was much cheaper than similar experiences offered by local agencies (these might also be available for non-residents).
The room cost 330 pesos per night and whilst it was one of our dearer stops it still presented excellent value for money. The estancia can be contacted directly by searching for estancia las carreras on the internet and Ines, the manager speaks good English.
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