5 Reasons to Visit Mendoza

We are close to finishing up our time here in Argentina, and just left from a week in beautiful Mendoza.

Mendoza, a city of about 1 million, is quite nice, but is actually more famous for what lies on the outskirts of town.  We kept ourselves busy checking all the hot spots off of our list.

Here are the top 5:

#5.  Independencia Plaza

This plaza is actually more of a park located right in the middle of town.  It has fountains shooting out water, surrounded by benches and grass (usually with young couples on it exploring each other´s bodies in the way the Argentinians seem to love to do).  It is full of trees and an unofficial market selling trinkets, jewelry, and snacks.

It provides an awesome place to sit and take in the fresh air with a good book, somewhat away from the busy streets, but close enough to pop over to a cafe or restaurant if you get hungry.

#4. Avenue San Martin

This is the main street of Mendoza which has great shops to walk by on a nice day.  It also meets up with a lovely pedestrian mall with lovely restaurants with outdoor seating amongst the trees.  A great lunch spot!

After exploring on foot, however, there are spots to see outside of the city limits.

#3. Cacheuta Hot Springs

About an hour bus ride takes you to Cacheuta Thermals.  Gorgeous outdoor pools sit facing a gorgeous landscape of mountain ranges and rocky cliffs.  Each pool has a slightly different temperature (and there are even more open during high season).  They also provide some indoor pools if the outdoor ones are a bit too hot or crowded.  Another lovely afternoon relaxation attraction!

#2. Aconcagua National Park 

The 4 hour bus ride to Peuto Del Inca was definitely worth the breathtaking views I took in at Aconcagua National Park.  When you get far enough into the park, standing at almost 3000 m above sea level,  the Andes mountain range surrounds you on all sides.  We were there at a quiet time and only crossed paths with others after hours of exploring on our own.  The different rock formations left me speechless.  We could only stare and hope that our camera could capture the awe we felt.

The main attraction is to see the snow covered peak of Aconcagua (almost 7000 m high).  Another amazing sight, and quite the accomplishment to say   I´ve seen the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas.

And finally, the absolute most memorable part of my visit to Mendoza:

#1. Bikes and Wine

I don´t mean the actual tour that calls itself the name above, but I mean the actual act of getting a bicycle and going out to see the vineyards and wineries.  Edwin and  I rented bikes for 20 pesos ($5) for the entire day with free water, a map and explanation of the nearby attractions, AND the promise of free wine upon our return in the evening.

We set out with map in handle, the bright sun shining and made our way to 6 different wineries over the course of the day.  We sampled delicious local wine, liquors,  jams, bread and different oils, as well as went on a tour of the oldest winery in the area.  Being the amateurs winos that we are, it was fun to learn about how wine is made and most of all, being able to taste the delicious products.

Even though harvest season is over, it was still a great sight to see the vineyards with their perfect rows waiting to start producing next season´s grapes.

It also made us laugh to see all the tourists riding back at the end of the day with less than steady hands on their handlebars.  A police escort even followed us back to make sure everyone arrived safely!

Overall, I definitely recommend you visit Mendoza if you are visiting Argentina at any time of year!  It is a wonderful mix of city life and beautiful country and mountain settings.

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5 Reasons to Visit Mendoza

We are close to finishing up our time here in Argentina, and just left from a week in beautiful Mendoza.

Mendoza, a city of about 1 million, is quite nice, but is actually more famous for what lies on the outskirts of town.  We kept ourselves busy checking all the hot spots off of our list.

Here are the top 5:

#5.  Independencia Plaza

This plaza is actually more of a park located right in the middle of town.  It has fountains shooting out water, surrounded by benches and grass (usually with young couples on it exploring each other´s bodies in the way the Argentinians seem to love to do).  It is full of trees and an unofficial market selling trinkets, jewelry, and snacks.

It provides an awesome place to sit and take in the fresh air with a good book, somewhat away from the busy streets, but close enough to pop over to a cafe or restaurant if you get hungry.

#4. Avenue San Martin

This is the main street of Mendoza which has great shops to walk by on a nice day.  It also meets up with a lovely pedestrian mall with lovely restaurants with outdoor seating amongst the trees.  A great lunch spot!

After exploring on foot, however, there are spots to see outside of the city limits.

#3. Cacheuta Hot Springs

About an hour bus ride takes you to Cacheuta Thermals.  Gorgeous outdoor pools sit facing a gorgeous landscape of mountain ranges and rocky cliffs.  Each pool has a slightly different temperature (and there are even more open during high season).  They also provide some indoor pools if the outdoor ones are a bit too hot or crowded.  Another lovely afternoon relaxation attraction!

#2. Aconcagua National Park 

The 4 hour bus ride to Peuto Del Inca was definitely worth the breathtaking views I took in at Aconcagua National Park.  When you get far enough into the park, standing at almost 3000 m above sea level,  the Andes mountain range surrounds you on all sides.  We were there at a quiet time and only crossed paths with others after hours of exploring on our own.  The different rock formations left me speechless.  We could only stare and hope that our camera could capture the awe we felt.

The main attraction is to see the snow covered peak of Aconcagua (almost 7000 m high).  Another amazing sight, and quite the accomplishment to say   I´ve seen the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas.

And finally, the absolute most memorable part of my visit to Mendoza:

#1. Bikes and Wine

I don´t mean the actual tour that calls itself the name above, but I mean the actual act of getting a bicycle and going out to see the vineyards and wineries.  Edwin and  I rented bikes for 20 pesos ($5) for the entire day with free water, a map and explanation of the nearby attractions, AND the promise of free wine upon our return in the evening.

We set out with map in handle, the bright sun shining and made our way to 6 different wineries over the course of the day.  We sampled delicious local wine, liquors,  jams, bread and different oils, as well as went on a tour of the oldest winery in the area.  Being the amateurs winos that we are, it was fun to learn about how wine is made and most of all, being able to taste the delicious products.

Even though harvest season is over, it was still a great sight to see the vineyards with their perfect rows waiting to start producing next season´s grapes.

It also made us laugh to see all the tourists riding back at the end of the day with less than steady hands on their handlebars.  A police escort even followed us back to make sure everyone arrived safely!

Overall, I definitely recommend you visit Mendoza if you are visiting Argentina at any time of year!  It is a wonderful mix of city life and beautiful country and mountain settings.

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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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