Honestly, I was pretty glad to finally leave big, busy Buenos Aires to head to Mendoza. I was looking forward to seeing beautiful landscapes again (the Andes Mountain Range). Mendoza is located in Eastern Argentina, not far from the Chilean border and the Andes. Wine tasting was another major point on my list when I decided to travel to Mendoza. Its region produces 70% of the country’s wine. The only thing I was definitely not prepared was the 17hrs bustrip:
On the bus, I met Oliver, a German, who had travelled through South America the last 7! months. When we had a small conversation, we noticed that we are going the same direction and decided to travel together for the next few days.
When we arrived on the 1st, May, we realized that the country celebtrates “el Dia Internacional del Trabajador” (Labour Day). The streets were empty (almost scary) and everything was closed. So we walked a bit around the town and then decided to spend the rest of the day at the hostel.
On the following day, we took a bus to Aconcagua Provincial Park to see the highest mountain outside of Asia (6961 metres). Unfortunately, we had not the very best weather and I was literally not prepared, neither. We didn’t even see the peak of the mountain but, at least, we can say we were veeery close and it was definitely adventurous 🙂
Mendoza is not only well-known for its delicious wine but also for its idyllic, quiet vineyards. We took the local bus on the following day to go out of the town, where we could rent a bycicle for a couple hours. However, I actually expected more. It was harder to find a good looking vineyard, including a “Vinoteca” than we thought. Fortunately, our patiency paid off at the end and we found this amazing place were I maybe drank the best red wine of my life. 😛 Seriously, I am usually not a big red wine fan but this one was a “Diliciosa Mendoza Vino” 🙂
All the best and,