The Quebrada de las Conchas (Valley of the Shells), also known as Quebrada de Cafayate, is a closed valley or ravine known for its beautiful scenery in the province of Salta, Argentina, near the town of Cafayate.
The valleys and mountains of Quebrada de Cafayate extend across the northern province of Argentina called Salta and all the way up to Bolivia. The Inca´s lived in the Region long ago but after the Spanish invasion most either were killed or were traded as slaves.
Route 68 connects Salta with Cafayate driving through the Quebrade de Cafayate. This route has views of geomorphology and many varied colors. Among the sights is the Garganta del Diablo, reddish sedimentary rocks eroded by concentrated water flow in the geological past. Other landforms observable by the side of the road are the Amphitheatre, the Monk, the toad, windows, Castles, etc.
The gorge is a modern geological accident, caused by tectonic movements that took place in the last two million years.
Along the way, during my trip, I stopped at a little house. It didnt look like much. Just a small house on the side of the road close to nothing. But then I saw llamas, sheep, and cats. This was a small handicraft place which also produce cheese and cook on a solar stove! It was pretty neat.