Mendoza, Argentina

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Mendoza, Argentina - Provincia de Mendoza

Finally, we made it to Mendoza!!  Didn't think we’d ever make it here due to the constant protesters blocking the roads around the country.

Our stay in Argentina has definitely been an interesting and fun-filled one, no doubt.  Still, getting around hasn’t been all fun and games.

We had to experience the agricultural strike first-hand.  Yep!  As we were trying to head out of the province of Córdoba, we ran into a little problem . . . the roads were cut off and so no one was able to pass by because of the burning tires laid out across the road!!!  You heard it right, there were flames blazing high on the highway!!

You see, at the time of our stay in Argentina, there was a huge disagreement regarding percentages to be paid to the government on agricultural products.

Mendoza, Argentina - Mendoza, wine country of Argentina

The government wants to increase them, and the workers are against the measure . . . hence, the reason for all the protests and blocked roads.

Truckers weren’t allowed to pass, and consequently unable to deliver the goods they were transporting to their destinations!

By the end of over 20 days of constant bickering between the government and the farmers, the consequences of these acts started to be felt!!  Grocery stores were nearly empty of all basic necessities and the people of the country were really the ones feeling the backlash of all this fighting.

And well, although we weren’t affected as badly as others, we still felt it when we got back on the road.

Due to the blocked roads, there were no vehicles heading our way . . . which meant no ride for us!!!

Finally though, after walking kilometers and kilometers, we finally got lucky and landed a few rides, getting us closer to our destination!

A bumpy start to a very long day of travel!  But, looking on the bright side of things, because of this little inconvenience, we had the pleasure of once again being able to experience a new adventure first hand .

Mendoza, Argentina - Plaza Independencia
. . we’d previously crashed on the beach, which was spectacular and unforgettable.

Now to add to our list, a quiet evening in front of the lake!  A bit intimidating at first, for me, because I had no idea what to expect; if we’d be hassled or anything.

But no, none of that occurred!  Instead we had the pleasure of witnessing a beautiful sunset on the lake. Truly breathtaking!!!

And then the next morning, ready for another day of traveling, off we went!!!

Upon arrival, we quickly made it to our contact’s place and there we were . . . once again, amongst a friendly, welcoming face . . . merci Noëmie!!  An awesome young lady who let us crash at her place for a couple of days!!

During our stay in the province of Mendoza, we, of course, couldn’t let up the chance to have a visit of the wineries in the area.

Mendoza, Argentina - Plaza San Martín

So we made arrangements to have a little tour of the "bodegas" and it was definitely well worth it all.

Not only did we have the opportunity to try all the yummy wines, we even had a tour of one of the olive oil factories!  ¡Delicioso!

And to top this whole experience off, we had the privilege of again meeting a terrific individual . . . a Colombiana by the name of Gladys!  Another angel that has crossed our path during this trip!!

She was truly grand!  Not only was she interesting, she was also very generous to us.  She treated us to a nice dinner, which of course we GREATLY appreciated because it’s not everyday we can have a nice meal at a restaurant!!  :(

As for Mendoza, itself, it’s a cute city, a bit out of the ordinary because it’s not set up as other cities.

Mendoza, Argentina - Plaza España
 No cathedral at the main square, but instead, a huge park where people gather about to relax a bit.

Another interesting thing about the city is all the green areas that can be found scattered all over the place.  According to a guy who gave us a ride, it’s all "artificial."  All the trees were planted to add some green spaces to this dry environment.

And then for some odd reason, there’s an interesting drainage system, aka "las acequias," all around the city because apparently Mendoza gets flooded any time the river overflows.  

Doesn't take much for it to do so, considering the amounts of rainfall this province gets!!!  Los misterios de Mendoza!!

So our stay in Mendoza was a fun-filled one, with lots of relaxation and a bit of excitement to keep things interesting.

Mendoza, Argentina - J&A at España Square
 Definitely a city worth visiting, so be sure to make your way in this direction, if ever in Argentina!!

¡¡Adios Argentina!!  ¡¡¡Hasta la proxima!!!

Après un bon repos bien mérité chez notre ami Marcelo, nous voilà sur la route du vin d’Argentine : Mendoza.

Un problème assez important à noter, les routes étaient fermées par les paysans. Une grève générale gelant tous les grands axes des grandes villes et devinez quoi ? Cordoba en fait parti ! Donc il a fallu marcher et passer le barrage à pied.

Rien de méchant, il nous a fallu juste un petit peu plus de patience pour ce faire prendre en stop.

Mendoza, Argentina - La Place d'Espagne

Pour nous, c’est un principe, ne jamais voyager de nuit, une fois la nuit tombée, on demande au chauffeur de nous déposer et Hop !! Nous voilà au bord du lac, tranquille, la tente sous le préau, le tour est joué, demain sera un autre jour.

De nouveau, le pouce levé, différentes personnes nous prennent, un papi avec sa petite fille, un Mr. accompagné d’un policier, un autre qui roulait à 200km/h, un camion rempli à ras bord, un autre complètement vide et sans remorque qui roulait à 40km/h.

Bref on a vu de tout dans cette journée !! Mais on y est quand même arrivé à Mendoza.

Notre contact d’internet était une française de 23 ans sympa comme tout, elle nous a indiqué quelques endroits à visiter, on a vraiment été bien accueillit.

Mendoza, Argentina - Plaza de España

Nous avons fait avec Juanita, la route des vins, vraiment intéressant. On a gouté différentes sortes de vins, pour moi le seul inconvénient était que les vins étaient tous de 2007. On est allé voir aussi une fabrique d’huile d’olive.

Des petites vacances, je résumerais cette aventure à Mendoza ! Je suis même allé voir le zoo, pour vous dire le dépaysement.

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