Mendoza, Argentina

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

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

I saw a couple of these around Mendoza

The early morning view from the bridge overlooking the Cacheuta hot springs before it opens

The early morning view from the bridge overlooking the Cacheuta hot springs before it opens

Cacheuta hot springs

Cacheuta hot springs

Sunset from the roof of my host's apartment in Mendoza

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

Learning about all of the soil in Argentina

The professional tasting room at Alta Vista winery

The professional tasting room at Alta Vista winery

The program for Ampoura Wine Tours- worth the hefty $185 price tag I paid!

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

Best steak I had in Argentina…or maybe ever was at Ruca Malen

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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

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

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!)

The olive plantation named Laur (I brought some olive oil home with me!)

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2 responses to “Mendoza, Argentina

  1. 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.

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