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Oct 11, 2012 - Day 7 Aconcagua Park in the Andes

Day 7 Tour to Aconcagua Park in the Andes First let me say that my hotel has turned into a mad house. The Uruguay National Soccer team is now staying here as they prepare for a big match against Argentina tomorrow night. Of course I had to google the team to know what the players look like in case I get to have a 'star sighting'. Today was a full day of sight seeing. I took a tour out to Aconcagua Park which is the highest peak in South America at 21,000 feet. Your viewing point is at a mere 9,000 feet. I can say I did a lot better with the...

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Oct 10, 2012 - Day 6 Wine tasting in Mendoza

Day 6 Wine tasting in Mendoza Today was a day I have been looking forward to since I started planning this trip. The wineries in Mendoza are known for their production of Malbec. As the story goes the Malbec grape came from France because it was considered a bad grape there hence the mal. It was quickly discovered that the valleys surrounding Mendoza were the ideal climates to grow these thick skinned red grapes. Choosing which wineries to visit was easy task. There are two main area Lujan & Uco Valley. For me it came down to where I could...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Day 5 Mendoza

Day 5 Mendoza You always know it is going to be a little bit of a rough day when your day starts at 4:50 am. That coupled with bad sleep that night is not a good thing. I made the flight on time but of course since I on Latin American time the flight was delayed not that I noticed since I was sound asleep. Our approach was an interesting one. It was one of the longest rockiest approaches I have been a part of in a long time. We would speed up and then slow down with some circling in between which is strange since it is not a busy...

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Aug 10, 2012 - Mendoza

Nous voilà maintenant à Mendoza. Nous avons fait notre 8ème et dernier passage de frontière Argentine-Chili ! Mendoza est LA région viticole d'Argentine. Nous ne pouvions donc pas passer à côté de la visite des bodegas avec dégustations ! Nous sommes en fait allés à Maipu, un village à environ 45 min de bus où nous avons loué un vélo pour faire la route des vins. Mais, nous avons été plutôt raisonnable :-). Nous nous sommes arrêtés au musée du vin, à deux bodegas et à une fabrique d'huile d'olive qui nous a en plus fait déguster des pâtes...

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Apr 24, 2012 - Mendoza

Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina a good thing if you drink but also if you don´t. Very mild weather and when we arrived on the Sunday evening there was a market in the main square. The city is set out much like Adelaide with a main centre square and four other squares a few blocks away so very easy to navigate. There is also a mall running off the main square with lots of eating places. Mendoza was completely obliterated by an earthquake in 1861 and when it was rebuilt the streets had to be wide enough to contain any building rubble...

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Mar 25, 2012 - Drive of a life time

Drive through the Andes from Argentina to Chile was phenomenal. We would come back just to do the drive again. We drove it ourselves (just to the boarder from Mendoza) one day in about 5 hours. The next day we took a bus that would take us all the way to Chile. The bus took about 2.5 hours to get to the boarder. Need we say more?! Yikes.

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Mar 23, 2012 - Mendoza, Argentina: Day 3- Wine tasting AGAIN!

Our second day of wine tasting we decided to go on our own with a driver in hopes of finding wine in barrels. Our first stop was at an uber modern winery where we paid more for the tasting than we paid for an entire steak dinner. Made sense though, the guy was from Napa. Good tasting lineup including side by side regional estate tasting and three tiered single varietal tasting. Paulo, our tour guide was great, a fun character and we had a fun group with which to taste, a young couple, Claire and Chris, from the UK and then for a few brief,...

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Mar 22, 2012 - Mendoza, Argentina: Day 2- Wine tour

Our first full day in Medoza we decided to join a local wine tour to visit some wineries. Wine tasting here is a little different than what we are used to. You have to have an appointment and the bodegas (wineries) are all spread out so alas, we settled for a tour group. It was an experience. We visited three wineries. Something we found really interesting is most of the wine from the places we visited never touched barrels but instead were fermented and "aged" in concrete pools. We decided we like barreled wine better. For an extra...

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Mar 21, 2012 - Mendoza, Argentina: Day 1-Cheap wine & comfort food

Arrived in Mendoza to a great little appartment and a friendly welcome by Jane, the owner of the appartment. We then immediately set out to check out the lay of the land and look for food. During our searching we just happened to find a wine tasting room. Imagine that! The tasting room was for a really old, boutique winery, was in a wine cellar/cave from the early 1800's and was only about $5 to taste 10 wines. Sounds great, right!? Oh, did we mention these tastes were not tastes but nearly full glasses? Unfortunately, after our very first...

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Mar 12, 2012 - deans blog #3 How to be Argentine in ten simple steps

How to be Argentine 1. Speak Castellano 2. Drink mate 3. Get a lot of body piercings 4. Dont look when you cross crosswalks 5. Drive crazy 6. Use inscence burners 7. Smoke a lot 8. Carry newborn on front of motorcycle with whole family 9. Stay up to midnight on weekdays 10. Follow all these rules

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Mar 12, 2012 - the streets of mendoza written by lia

Dear everyone, I'm going to tell you about the streets of Mendoza. There are benches everywere and lots of teens in love. Yuk!!! Each bench has 1 couple kissing or hugging on each one and when there's not one they stand somewere random kissing or hugging their way through each crowd. It's like a slobber fountain. The people, of course, have to make money so this is how some do it. First they learn how to make some thing unique (not really) then they get dread locks. They sit on the side walk and lay a blanket down and put there stuff on it,...

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Mar 10, 2012 - Mendoza

We spent a week in the heart of Mendoza. Our small apartment was located inside the city center. It was fun experiencing what life is like in a big city. We walked all over the city and enjoyed the plazas. It was especially fun to walk around at night because the city really comes alive with street performers, protestors, children and families, and couples in love. We also witnessed a political protest and, unfortunately, a street fight. The down side of city life, we found out, was the constant noise. We have felt safe here and in all of...

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