Cayfayte is undoubtedly a nice place to visit, but would it be a good place to live? How easy (or difficult) would it be to find a place to rent?:
In October 2014 (in the "Country Life In Argentina: What's It Really Like" thread), polostar88 asked:
"Does anyone have any clues on RENTING a modest place in Salta or Cafayate or that region? I know in rural Peru you can rent a place for as little as $100/month or maybe $150. Does anything comparable exist in the Argentinian countryside?"
Here is a portion of my answer:
I had lunch with several Argentine friends yesterday and mentioned this. The immediate response was that because Cafayate is a tourist destination there wouldn't be any
cheap rentals. Another response was that any "long term" rental would require a guarantee. That was added by someone who recently rented a nice "house" in a nearby town for $2500 pesos per month. He was able to provide a guarantee using a lot he owns in Pehuen Co.
I first became aware of Cafayate when I began searching for a "country home" in early 2010 and (using google) found the link to this article in the NYT:
It was in this article that I first read about La Estancia Cafayate, a development comprised of 360 home sites (from 1,500 square meters to 17,000 square meters) catering to wealthy foreigners (as well as a few Argentines). All of the smaller lots were sold at an average price of about $100 USD per square meter. About 60 homes have been built there so far.
One of the challenges faced by those who are building homes at La Estancia Cafayate is finding any
place to rent in Cafayate during the construction of their homes. Obviously, those who can pay $150K (and up) USD for a building site (as well as about $350 per month for "maintenance" fees at LAC) are going to be prime candidates for long term rentals (even modest ones) in Cafayate, and of course they have the property with which to provide a guarantee.
Here's a link to the La Estancia Cafayate web site: http://www.lec.com.ar/
And here's a scathing
(as well as entertaining) blog post about La Estancia Cafayate that was written by an Argentine who now lives in Ireland: