Blogs from Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina, South America


South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza June 4th 2023

(Day 339 on the road)I have the feeling that this is going to be a tough blog entry to write. Put simply, nothing extraordinary happened in the last four weeks in Argentina. No Machu Pichu to stare at in awe. No lost city to discover in the remote jungle. No 6.000m-high mountain to climb. No death road to bike down. No multi-day camping trips high in the Andes. No vast salt desert to drive through. No volcano to scale. No close encounters with tame wildlife. Put simply, no major highlights to write about - compared to virtually all my last entries. Instead, I discovered a northern Argentina full of pretty landscapes, with appealing and (fairly) orderly cities, and with a sophisticated and educated population. In fact, travelling south after spending many months in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru ... read more
Always keep your yerba mate cup nearby
Gaucho country
Really bad opening times

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza January 26th 2023

Last day of the trip so we thought we’d go out with a blast! Another hotel breakfast (we’ve really had enough of ham and cheese!) and headed to Potrerillos - about an hour away from Mendoza and past a huge reservoir, one of the bluest bodies of water we’d ever seen - stark contrast to the dusty red surrounds and the ‘chocolate’ river that was feeding it…the one we were about to raft in! Everything sorted (uncharacteristically efficiently!) and got kitted up before we were put onto a bus and driven to our starting point. We were given ‘special’ treatment as we were the only English speakers but they went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and everything was understood. The heat was starting to build up in our layers of heat ... read more
And we’re off
Hooray! We did not die!
Through the rapids we go

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza January 25th 2023

It’s going to be difficult to leave here - beautiful views, delicious food delivered at all hours of the day, dishes done, reading, relaxing. Oh, and there’s puppies, maybe I forgot to mention the puppies?! Another relaxing start to the day with breakfast in the garden with a beautiful view of the mountains. Managed to find some energy to drag ourselves to the stream to cool off/get trampled on by wet muddy puppies doing zoomies. Pretty much the same. As relaxing as that was, lunch called and wine was offered…so naps were required. Some more relaxing and reading before the horses were saddled up and ready to drag the (ever increasing) loads into the foothills. Another beautiful ride with stunning views, this time accompanied by Leela, who possibly regretted her decision about 5 minutes in but ... read more
Leela and Beeb
Everyone in their happy place
Three riders ready

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza January 16th 2020

Mendoza 12-17 januar Vi trodde vi ville komme fram i mørket og hadde derfor bestilt henting på flyplassen denne gangen også. Men nei da, her skinte sola og varmen slo mot oss da vi gikk ut av flyet (23-32 grader gjennom døgnet). Hotellet, Urban Hostel, var en stor skuffelse og kan ikke anbefales. Malingen flasset av veggene og badet var under enhver kritikk. Alt virket skittent og nedslitt og skuffelsen var stor. Vi hadde håpet på å treffe andre ryggsekkturister som kunne gitt oss noen tips på veien videre. Dagen etter «rømte» vi over til et trestjerners hotell som heter Carollo Gold, . Det ligger sentralt til i et trygt område og er veldig bra. Prisforskjellen, fra 260 kr til 470 kr pr natt, er absolutt verdt det. Frokost er også inkludert. Den første ... read more
«Inca bridge» på vei opp mot mot Aconcagua
Veien mellom Mendoza og Aconcagua
Sluttpunktet for vår tur mot Aconcagua

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza April 14th 2019

The wine province of Mendoza is world famous. The Norton Malbec is one of my regular purchases from Costco in Calgary so it is only natural that we would seek out the Bodega for a wine tour. Sandy and I had a private tour of this histlorical winery culminating in a light pizza lunch and wine sitting on old barrels in the cellar surrounded by thousands of bottles of mature wines, some of the more valuable bottles locked behind iron gate. Back at our B&B we were treated to a bottle from 1975. What a wonderful 2 days in Mendoza.... read more
Norton vines
Bodega Norton

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 31st 2019

As we approached ‘El Chalet’ the ferocious dog, commonly found in almost every Argentine household, came out to meet us barking loudly. Jane gripped my hand tightly, “Are you sure this is a restaurant?”. I could see the front door of the house was just open a crack so I pushed it open. “Hola”, I shouted. Inside were some laid-up tables in a plain room with no one present. “Hola, hola?”. I could hear some noise in the back so I continued on through the room to a back corridor where I could see a kitchen to the left. “Hoolla?”. This time ‘Juan’ heard me and came bustling out to greet us. Yes, he could serve lunch. We told him through google translate that we ‘eat anything’ and sat down and waited. There was no menu. ... read more
CarinaE still use an old fashion press
One of the bigger wineries - Alta Vista
Was that the Malbec or the Carbernet @ Kaiken

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza October 23rd 2018

We are sitting in the Santiago, Chile airport looking at the snow caped Andes and waiting for the plane to Houston. And trying to think about how to wrap up this trip in words. Our final day began at Finca Garciarena with a great breakfast including local fruits and home made pastries. Then we were notified that indeed Pablo had arranged a tour for us at the Museum of the Disappeared. We made our way to the metro police station where about half of the building was now given over to a tribute to the 600+ individuals that we "disappeared" from Mendoza alone during the late 1970s and early 80s. There were 10,000 dissents who vanished from Argentina during this period, with thousands more surviving when the junta was finally driven from office. (By the way, ... read more
Solitary Confinement
Serenaded at final asado
Never miss a chance to take a picture of a kid

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza October 16th 2018

This trip was with four of the staff from Federal Hocking High School as we are exploring a partnership with DAD, a secondary school in Mendoza. Last year at this time one of the teachers from DAD, Paola Diaz, spent three weeks at FH on a Fulbright program. Then, last March, I visited DAD. From there the teachers have been developing and teaching programs together and we wanted to visit the school to see if we might do more. When we arrived in Mendoza on Monday we were quickly gathered up and taken to an Asado (bar-b-que) at the home of the assistant school director. As they only do here, we spent three hours at the table with the fire crackling away nearby and feasted on a variety of salads, beef, and wines! Three hours here ... read more
All All School Meeting to welcome us
Loana and Lukas
Maipu city square

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza August 6th 2018

Back to Mendoza! This time, we arrived from Santiago in Chile. The 8 hours drive from the Chilean capital is an impressive one, specially the moment you drive through the Andes. Purely magic. We were on a very comfortable "cama" bus from Andersmar. The only think we actually missed was some wine and a hot meal, but beside this, very nice drive in the middle of the day. We actually stay twice two nights in Mendoza, as we went to Malargue and Las Lenas in the middle. There is not to visit in Mendoza itself. The city is a very pleasant one, and we actually did not much during our stay behind taking some relax "couple time"! There are obviously the bodegas to visit all around Mendoza. On one morning, we made our way to Trapiche. ... read more
Happy couple...
View from our little suite at the Sheraton...

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza June 2nd 2018

There was a sad farewell to Denmark (despite almost falling out the previous night over a game of the 500 cardgame) prior to hopping in a taxi to the huge bus station Terminal Santiago. I’d booked a ticket online a few days before with Andesmar and after validating my online ticket and checking in it was a short wait for the right bus to turn up before boarding it and settling in for the day (South American buses really did have the most comfy seats some of them were like 1st class plane seats). I‘d heard that the views across the Andes during the journey were spectacular so I made sure I booked a window seat and had my little music MP3 player fully charged. It was also going to be a border crossing (my last ... read more
Another big mountain
Great view
View from window of bus

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