Buenos Aires - Mendoza
26.12.2010 - 29.12.2010 40 °C
Continuing the story of my travels from Buenos Aires. On saturday morning after waking up with a massive hang-over and a little tour around La Boca we finaly left for the bus terminal on our way to Mendoza.
Mendoza is due south of BA about 14-16 hours away by bus. We took a night bus there so it wouldn´t be too boring on the way. The ride itself was very easy, and other than an Australian movie that you couldn´t turn down the volume, it went without accident.
Mendoza is one of the biggest wine-countries in Argentina. It is responsible solely for nearly 80% of the wine in Argentina. What did you think that with all that meat, there´s no wine to smooth the passing?
Anyway, On our first day we arrived in the morning and imidietly found a nice little hostel not far away from the bus terminal called Ruca-Potu, (or something). we met a few Israelis that are also staying here and we imidietly hit it off. We went outside with them to walk around the city, found ourselves a supermarket and bought about 5 kilos of meat and five litres of beer. That night we had a great BBQ for about ten people.
The next day we decided to go on a mini-trek. Have you heard about StarTrek? This was kind of similar, only without the Klingons. We woke up early in the morning and went to a mountain range called The Acon Cagua, which is the largest range in the continent and the fifth largest in the world. The air is clean, the scenery is absolutly AMAZING. Because it is summer right now it wasn't cold, (right up until the end when it got windy as hell and freezing), so the wheather was perfect for our half a day trek. the drive there is a four-hour bus ride alog beautiful country-side with lots to see. Too bad I was asleep most of the time.
All in all it was a very succesful day that we all enjoyed very much.
On our last day in Mendoza we all went to a part of the city called Maipu (pronounced My-Poo) for the long discussed wine-country tour. We took a bus from our hostel to Maipu and found a bike renting "company" for 15 pesos (cheap!) and took the bike for the rest of the day traveling from winery to winery drinking wine, different kinds of specialy made liquers and LOTS of chocolate. We had lunch at one of the wineries and returned to rest at the hostel for the night bus to Chile!
Thanks for tuning in again. I hope you enjoyed reading this as I have experiencing it (not likely, but thank you for trying anyway).
May the Force be with you, all of you.