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Nov 10, 2011 - Mendoza CJ Day 5 Wineries

Our guides had wisely reversed the order of our exploration of the Andes and our visit to the local vineyards and winery from the original itinerary. The Mendoza temperatures had moderated from the upper eighties when we were in the cool of the mountains yesterday to the more comfortable high seventies today. Our first stop was to the recently modernized Trapiche winery. Built in 1883 and passed down from son to son for many years, the modernization has preserved many of the original historic characteristics and museum-like artifacts....

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Nov 9, 2011 - Mendoza CJ Day 4 Andes Nov 9 2011

This is going to be a fantastic day! The sunrise says so! We were on the road by 8:30, heading toward the Andes Mountains. As the bus wound its way along the ever rising road, we saw the old narrow gauge Argentinean railroad that had been abandoned. The tracks in some places were covered with rocks and dirt. All of the telegraph lines along the tracks were down, but the bridges seemed to be solid. It may be possible to restore this line someday. Our hike was at 9,000 feet and soon Tom began to feel lightheaded. A bit of fruit revived him...

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Nov 8, 2011 - Buenos Aires to Mendoza Day 3 CJ Nov 8 2011

We rose very early this morning and headed to the domestic airport in Buenos Aires - not far from our hotel. Our plane was scheduled to leave for Mendoza at 8:50AM, but was delayed for 2 hours. We were told a crew member was ill and had to be replaced. The waiting passengers (including a soccer team) cheered as we headed to the gate. It was about one in the afternoon when we reached our lovely country villa located on the outskirts of center of Mendoza. Our room has a large balcony with a view of the pool and the hotel had a quick lunch...

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Nov 6, 2011 - wine, wine and more wine and maybe vodka;)

After a couple of days in Santiago, we decide to get the overnight bus to Mendoza to do some wine tasting and to chill out for a few days after our long bus journey, that’s all we seem to say to each other, “let’s go and chill out”, must be the heat ha ha. We got the overnight bus and once again had to wait in the foyer before we could check in to the hostel, not good after a long bus journey. Mendoza is the capital city of Mendoza Province, in Argentina. It is located in the northern-central part of the province, in a region of foothills...

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Oct 26, 2011 - Wine Country

I would like to say that my bus ride from Santiago to Mendoza was more smooth than my last trip, but the bag scanner at the border was broken so they had to search all 40 people's bags by hand. Four hours at the border at 1am was enough. Upon arrival in Mendoza after a sleepless night everything started looking up. My hostel was beautiful and I immediately left for white water rafting, rappelling and trekking. It was a great day and I met some really nice people from Bs. As. who I ran into a couple more times that week. On Friday 3 of my...

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Trip Journal

South America 2011

May 28, 2011 - Iguazu from a scientist's perspective

Summing up our recent day trip to Iguaçu National Park, and specifically Iguaçu Falls, from a physical geology/limnology perspective in a word would be easy. The experience was amazing. World-wide there are only two falls that compare favorably to Iguaçu Falls on height, width, and flow rate, Niagara Falls (USA/Canada), and Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe). Having never been to Victoria Falls, I cannot speak to that experience. However, I would have to agree with former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s assessment of the relationship between...

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May 27, 2011 - Estancia La Alejandra - Mendoza

La Alejandra We departed for the estancia of La Alejandra in the mountains of Mendoza from our hotel quite early in preparation for a drive into the mountains that would last a little over two hours. Students couldn’t resist the lull of the now all too familiar bus ride and soon enough everyone was asleep. When we awoke it was not to the flat land of Mendoza that we had seen for the previous two days but rather to the sheer drop offs and rises of the Andes Mountains. It was like waking up to a whole other world with the drastic change in...

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May 24, 2011 - Into the Andes at Estancia La Alejandra

Later post from Chelsey, but the photos say a lot. I had to opt out after a brief ride up to the house - my disc wasn't having anything to do w/ the Pato saddles they gave us after an hour on BAD roads. Thought discretion was the better part of valor, and also didn't relish a full blown ruptured disc in Mendoza. As always, the girls got invited back to help out at the estancia (gee, wonder why?). enjoy the photos posted by Mary

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May 23, 2011 - From our wine researchers...

Hola de bonita Mendoza!!! Today we awoke to a cool, crisp mountain air morning. The falling leaves and frost covering the grass makes it clear that fall is in full swing here. On our drive to our first winery, we enjoyed a pleasant view of the landscape. Mendoza is a desert located at the foothills of the Andes. With approximately 350 days of sunshine a year, water supply becomes an issue. A dam holds most of the water which can be released through a system of canals within the city according to need. These canals are dry at the moment, and...

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May 23, 2011 - supersize us!

The students who did the wine research will post later...we just returned at 4:00 from a 3 winery tasting tour and a 5 course lunch. We're starting to feel like we're re-enacting the movie "Supersize Me" substituting McDonalds with fine Argentine cuisine! We had an amazing meal last night in a 5 star French restaurant. The filet was the size of my head - followed by a dessert plate with five items, each more delicious than the last. Steve has developed a Dulce de Leche addiction. We expect to find him face down in a pool of it any day now....

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May 22, 2011 - Arrival in wine country

We left the bustle of BA for the beautiful plains of Mendoza - the wine country of Argentina. After an easy flight we arrived at our amazing hotel. The rooms are suites, with gorgeous views of the Andes Mtns and lush appointments. Most of us enjoyed the coffee hour in the lobby, then went to the rooftop terrace to take pictures of the sun setting behind the Andes. Tonight is dinner in a 5 star French restaurant. Although Argentine beef is wonderful we are getting a bit gorged on it, so tonight should be a nice diversion. The students have...

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Apr 5, 2011 - Tuesday Mendoza

Took a private tour with a driver and car up in the Argentinian Andes. Had a great time talking to the young Argentinian guide who´s granfather was a pioneer of coronary bypass surgery! We visited the Acongagua national park which contains the highest mountain in the Americas

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