Bodega Colomé in Cafayate, Salta - Photo: Eduardo Epifanio
The ruins of Quilmes, as they are known, belonged to the Calchaquí natives who settled on the hillsides and on the mountain range called Calchaquí, from which the tribes got their name: Quilmes and Calchaquí.
The highest part of what today we refer to as ruins was the place chosen by the locals to set their defense against the enemy. First, there were other tribes and eventually the Spanish conquerors who found a strong resistance until they were able to impose themselves.
Located on the west of the Province of Salta, lying at the foot of the Nevado de Cachi, 6,720 meters high, its valley locks the richness of the indigenous past.
We walked along Bustamante Street to retrace our steps along what is known today as the "old town" which keeps the buildings from colonial times, its cobble and rubble streets with irrigations canals on the sides. The area called "new town" also used to be part of the estate, which around the year 1946 was expropriated and divided into lots.
Beautiful Salta turns on its lights when the night falls. Each corner renovates its charm when the Moon is out. The main square, its cafés, Balcarce Street and the magic of the casino. The night is an invitation.
When the sun sets and the first lamps of the urban shell begin to glitter, the view from the heights is a real postcard teeming with lights, white and yellow colors that not only spread across this vast valley but also get lost in the endless surrounding mounts.