This is the fourth, and final post of my three week backpacking trip around Argentina in December 2012.
I was in Mendoza for a wonderful five days from Dec 25-30. I spent that time in Mendoza with a Couchsurfing host named Juan. He showed me around the city, showed me his favorite food places, and took me to a hot spring called Cacheuta.
My Couchsurfing host Juan took me to one of his favorite sandwich places and I bought him lunch
I saw a couple of these around Mendoza
The early morning view from the bridge overlooking the Cacheuta hot springs before it opens
Cacheuta hot springs
Sunset from the roof of my host’s apartment in Mendoza
I went on a really expensive wine tour (Ampoura Wine Tour for $185 USD) which I still recommend because I had countless glasses of amazing wine, a delicious 4-course meal, a great time, and I came home…VERY happy! I also met a fellow solo traveller and we still keep in touch via Facebook.
Learning about all of the soil in Argentina
The professional tasting room at Alta Vista winery
The program for Ampoura Wine Tours- worth the hefty $185 price tag I paid!
Best steak I had in Argentina…or maybe ever was at Ruca Malen
The next day I took a self guided bike tour of the Maipu Valley wineries and visited two vineyards, an olive plantation, and had lunch for about a tenth of the price I paid at Ampoura.
My new solo traveling friend Christie from Hong Kong and I about to start our self guided bike tour
Our first stop on our self guided bike tour of the Maipu Valley vineyards was to the French winery Carinae
The olive plantation named Laur (I brought some olive oil home with me!)
Gorgeous! Looks well worth the price! I love wine tours and tastings! 🙂
Me too! It was my first actual wine tour and it was a great way to start! In the past I have just driven around Oregon wine country with friends, but Ampoura took it to a whole new level.