December 16th, 2007 – by: ekondra
We saw a lot of these babies
In my two week whirlwind trip to Argentina, I managed to see as many sights as one can pack in without going crazy. Our first three days (after spending a very long day travelling from the states through BA to Mendoza) we experienced fantastic wine, sights and company. Mendoza was a great way to wet our feet into the culture of Argentina. Life is slower in this smaller, tourist/wine industry driven town. Located at the foot of the Andes, fantastic views were not hard to find. I don't think I've tasted so much wine in my whole life...and the best part is that it is still cheap! You can find great bottles of wine that won't break the bank. We were lucky to tour the area with our trusty guide Javier, who is the son of the owner of the bed and breakfast we stayed at (see review of Plaza Italia).
We drank a lot of these guys
The first two days in Medoza we stuck to wine tasting, as there are many many wineries to find with good wine and a view of the Andes. Each day we managed to see four wineries and still had time for a nice lunch each day. The car rides left us ample time to talk with Javier about the culture of Argentina, about wine and about life in another country. He indulged our feeble attempts at speaking Spanish, but also was able to converse with us in our native English. He taught us a lot about the people of Mendoza, and Argentina in general, about family life and about what we were to expect in our two weeks.
Our third day we had to say goodbye to Javier and head up to the Andes without him. We were able to go on a ski lift up to the top of one of the mountains, which gave us Oregonians a taste of home.
Just too beautiful
Of course there was no snow because it is currently summer in Argentina, but the views were worth it the ride up. The wind was a bit ridiculous though. The Andes were incredible. We go to see the tallest peak in the Americas: Aconcagua. You can hike up to the top in about 15 days, but we didn't have time! :) On the way down from the mountain we stopped at the Inca Bridge which formed from natural sulfur springs. People used this area for natural hot spring baths. A hotel was even built at the base of one of the mountains by the bridge. Unfortunately a landslide took the hotel with it and all that is left on the other side of the bridge is a church (funny how that works!). Very cool...
Our quick jaunt to Mendoza was over as we said goodbye to the Andes, wine country and some of the nicest people I've ever met and headed off to Iguagzu!
Mendoza Hotels & Accommodations review
Plaza Italia is a cute bed and breakfast in Mendoza. There are so many options to choose from when picking housing in this town in the middle of wine… read entire review