I wanted to thank you again for an amazing journey.
I am sorry I had not reached out since our return. But I did put in a review on Trust Pilot today.
Really everything worked out to the T
My mind is filled with images of Colome, Salta, Atacama and I wear my ponchos on those cold California nights ( ok there are few of those).
I highly recommend the Turrell museum on the Colome estancia Winery grounds. We even got a private tour from Donald Hess the owner/ world famous art collector who happened to be there the day we went to Seclantas searching for our poncho weavers. Seclantas was a treat for people into Loom Weaving. However that road is a treacherous and dangerous: many narrow portions, on edge of cliffs with trucks driving recklessly around curves. I am glad we decided not to drive from Salta to Cafayate through the Park of the Cardones, it would have taken 10 + hours of dust/rocks and deadly curves lol .
The shorted 5-6 hours from Cafayate to Seclantas was enough for me. but the state park you cross on the way is spectacular --> Quebrada de las Flechas Salta province was well worth the headache and high altitude, beautiful tour to Saline Flats ( bit long in one day but headache was shorter lol) The drive from Salta to Cafayate was spectacular. We stopped so many times that the 3 1/2 hour drive took us 6 hours. But Amazing pictures and gorgeous skies, red rock formations and cacti fill my mind .
Atacama was all that and more. The hotel was perfect; the service and food were all great. Excursions super fun, and glad we trekked all the way to that bright recess of the planet.
Santiago was fine as a city. Luciano K hotel was perfect for the night. The Anthropology museum in Town was a treat. I recommend trying Peumayen Restaurant regional cuisine near Luciano K super tasty.
Valparaiso initially did not appeal, the drive in goes through really depressing run down areas. But once we settled in Hotel Zero with amazing staff/owner we discovered the fun side of the city; Graffiti tour, cerros stairways, art galleries and yes a poncho store with amazing work.
Matetic vineyard was lovely, dinner amazing, sampled their many wines. Incidentally, Tierra Atacama used their wine for house wine, so we were familiar with them by then Weather was foggy and cool but the property looks to be spectacular with sun.
Anyway Thank you Again
Cyril and Brent