After finishing the Patagonia trip we left Santiago the next day and took a bus across the Andes through the border back into Argentina towards Mendoza. The city of Mendoza is quite a pleasant place, quite green with some pretty parks and tree-lined streets. For most of the people it’s a base for exploring the wineries, trekking into the Andes or getting involved in adventure sports such as white water rafting.
We arrived quite tired after our busy Patagonia trip and it was great to spend a couple of days relaxing, planning the rest of our stay in South America and getting ready for spending Christmas in Mendoza. Highlights from this part of our journey:
Trip to the National Park for a view of Acocangua – the highest peak in America and the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas. At 6959 meters it’s a monster, although relatively easy to ascend without technical climbing. The ascent usually takes 2-3 weeks starting from the small town of Puenta del Inca at an altitude of 2758 meters. In Puente del Inca there is also acient baths.
Our trip to the winery Bodega Familia Zuccardi, which is well know from producing some excellent Malbec and Tempranillo in a form of it’s Z and Q ranges and the popular Santa Julia range. It was a nice way to spend a day with a winery tour, wine tasting and a full 5 course lunch.