07.05.2012 - 10.05.2012 18 °C
Here I am in Mendoza! The bus journey from Buenos Aires wasnt as horrific as I thought it would be, travelling at night is an advantage as I slept most of the way and it was only 13 hours and not 17, as I was informed!
Mendoza is a rather small city compared to BA. Its very much how i imagined most parts of Argentina to be; Spanish, traditional and lots of Colonial architecture.
So my main reason for visiting this city was to visit the wineries and enjoy tasting the wines of Mendoza. A lot of companies organise trips out to the different wine regions, and there are also opportunities to rent bicycles, to cycle to the different wineries in any order you choose. I opted for the latter ad rented bike from Mr Hugos, a popular company with back packers. Had such a great day, and weather was lush, unfortunately we started pretty late in the day so we were only able to visit two out of the several places on the route. They all shut at about 5.30-6pm and then police are around to escort you back if they think you have tasted a few too many wines! Very funny!
The Andes are very close to Mendoza, so myself, Adam and Andy ( guys I had met on the way) hired a car and took the road towards the Andes. A beautiful drive in and out of the mountains and valleys. Found some great mountain lodges and a ski resort, probably out of season at the moment but can imagine it to be quite a bustling town, when the time is right.
This isnt so much of a party town, more to recharge the batteries, eat some nice food and drink some fine wine....
Pics to follow. Getting rady for my next stop.... Salta, Northern Argentina.