Mendoza Home of the HIPPO!!!!

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The tour guide now a tourist, taking a wine bike tour in medoza
Finally a funny story that just shouldnt of happened in a place like mendoza. Picture this, we are in a city that has been built in a desert valley surrounded by the andes mountain range. The city has been converted into a thriving wine region and until 1896 there was no real greenery anywhere other than vineyards then they built the San Martin Park an artifical landscape area similar to a massive botanical gardens. Now this would be the last place i could imagine finding a hippo, but in the far of the park you will find a zoo with many strange animals, including hippotamuses!!! THis wasnt like any other zoo ive been to the animals can reach you, like physically put their limbs out of their cages and grab you!! Perfect example was jim getting scratch twice by a puma and then attacked by a chimpanze, funny stuff but a little daunting to say the least.
A few reds later and a basket seemed appropriate headware
Then there was the male lion, this thing was freakin scary and you could literally kiss it through the cage (the photo's will explain) if you dared it charged us, played games with us a surreal experience but at the same time quite sad as the enclosures were way to small. Finally we come to the rather random event involving the hippo. It was all sweet these hippo's had a good enclosure were fighting each other, farting out their mouths just the usually run of the mill day to day action in the life of the hippo then it happened!! The bigger hippo of the two backed up in the water too the wall and like i said before we could get so close to all the animals if we wanted. It raised its backend out of the water and began flapping its tail around.
My red wine bike gang bandits smashing the wineries of mendoza
All the boys were right above it leaning over to see what it was doing, meanwhile im watching the head end were they were still fighting. Suddenly an outburst from the boys and they were scrambling back for their lives, me not knowing what was happening leaning over to look only to be covered in hippo shit, yep the hippo done a massive aqua bog and flicked its poo everywhere with its tail including me. Well the boys were in hysterics, i was covered in poo and the locals just thought i was a weird smelly gringo. So yeah a got shat on by an hippo in mendoza. Other than that we walked a helluvalot today about 25kms, tomorrow probably excursion to the wineries on bicycle. Oh yeah did i mention that our driver in the bus was crazy coming here, well an aussie girl has just arrived on the same bus trip we did yesterday by the same company only too tell us she was involved in a head collision were they killed a driver in the other car. The bus was on the wrong side overtaking on a blind corner where one side has a 200 feet drop off, WOW might think twice about those bus trips haha peace too you all!!!
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The tour guide now a tourist, taki…
The tour guide now a tourist, tak…
A few reds later and a basket seem…
A few reds later and a basket see…
My red wine bike gang bandits smas…
My red wine bike gang bandits sma…
Mendoza
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