March 2011

A VINEYARD ON TOP OF THE WORLD

(Molinos, Salta, Argentina) — Estancia Colome is a place I had read a few things about, mostly its magical high-altitude vineyard and its remote, very remote location. But what really attracted me to make the long journey was that it also is home to the only museum dedicated to one of my favorite artists, James Turrell. The fact that he chose this remote place for his remote works makes both all the more special.  He works with light and the way we perceive. Read more about him, the museum and the estancia here. Colome is owned by the Hess Collection and is one of the oldest and highest vineyards in South America, if not the world. The Estancia hotel has only a handful of rooms and

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A villa in the vineyards of Cafayete

(Cafayate, Argentina) — This is really a pretty place. The Patios de Cafayete — almost the most perfect Spanish style villa and grounds you can imagine.  The reviews are sometimes mixed, but  I loved it.  Maybe while pretty, it might be lacking a soul with some of the people working there. I think it used to be part of the Luxury Collection, but then I got a cryptic message from the LC when booking saying that they were no longer associated with the property.  Nice big rooms and perfect reading porches all around. Excellent courtyard and gorgeous main room.  I had a darn good meal in the restaurant, with a fine bottle of their house Don David Malbec.  Nice pool, too, to cool off after the

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IF RED IS YOUR COLOR, THIS IS YOUR DRIVE

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DRIVING LEGENDARY RUTA 40 DOWN THE SPINE OF ARGENTINA

A pictorial highlight of driving the treacherous Ruta 40 from Cachi to Molinas in Salta Argentina

SEE THE ENTIRE GEOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN A FOUR HOUR DRIVE

What’s amazing about Salta Argentina is the incredible diversity of geology — you can see the entire development of the Earth in just a few hours. Starting from Salta, you can head up through rain forests and roaring river gorges, riding along a varying road with overhangs, washouts and dramatic stream fording

STAY ON YOUR OWN ESTANCIA IN ARGENTINA

[SALTA, ARGENTINA] — A few miles outside of Salta is a perfect hotel and spa in the country. A luxurious estancia-turned-hotel (and the actor Robert Duval’s former place) it’s the perfect base to explore Salta province, easy to connect to the highways into the mountains, yet being away from the bustling Salta city.  It’s just a few kilometers on the other side of the airport, so it’s a great place to crash after a long flight.  Set amidst acres of green, green farmland, trees and remarkable views of the distant mountains, it is essentially made up of a main house and several guest houses, each with their own patios and views of the fields, the sun and the sound of the outside. There’s even an excellent

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