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Published: April 16th 2015
After enjoying Valpo, we made our way over the Andes by bus and into Argentina for one last time! The bus ride was spectacular, following the twisting switch backs of the mountain road and passing by the highest peak outside the Himalayas, the icy volcanic summit of Mt Aconcagua at nearly 7000m. After the usual delays at border crossing we finally descended out of the mountains and into the valley that hosts Argentina's best wineries (bodegas).
Mendoza city is modern and liveable, we had a spacious park across the street from our accommodation and when feeling capable we enjoyed several runs in the mornings. But we weren't here for the city or its sights, we were here for the wine.
Bikes were rented and numerous bodegas visited and tastings had. I am happy to report that Sandra made it back without breaking her ankle as she did in New Zealand during the same activity, we were worried. The Malbec is the most internationally known Argentinian variety, however we were delighted at many of the wines on offer and several bottles made it on the bus for our next destination.
In a bizarre coincidence, we ran into a friend
that we had met on the Torres trail. After 5 weeks and 2 different countries we literally bumped into her at one of the wineries and several enjoyable meals were had with her catching up. It is a small world.
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