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This is the closest we have come to the Andes and from here on our route will eventually take us right into the mountains. If what we have seen so far is a taste of what is to come, then we are truly heading in the right direction. But first, we are off to a finca (farm) near San Rafael, to lend a hand for a few days and to get an idea of what it is like to live in, rather than simply travel through, this beautiful country.
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Liam and Naomi ...
... but unfortunately because we set out a little late we didnt make it to the Olive oil or Chocolate factory stops. We all had a good day that wasn"t over by a long shot, back at Mr Hugo"s he plyed us with more cheap red wine that you winced at with every mouthful. By this point we were all on our merry way and had to catch the public bus back into town.
With heads a little sore we still managed breakfast the next ...
... around 12:30.
Around 13:30 I decided to walk back in to town. I first went to Plaza Espana as on wikitravel they say it's a nice park. After that I walked to Independence park had a look around and walked towards the main park San Martin. On my way I found a good grill house called "Parrilla Facundo restaurant".
And as they say the best steak in the world comes from Argentina my plan was to eat a good steak here in Mendoza. With a ...
HEading further south, took a bus for about 3 hours to San Rafael, another wine town, very much like San Rafeal. The hostel turned to be a longwalk out of town, so once I got there just chilled by the pool for a while and then tried to organise a ...
... which boasts a football team which is apparently doing a Wimbledon in their heyday.
The tour is by bike and we´ve already heard about the fabled Mr. Hugo bike hire company which S. and H. have used before. We arrive and, of course, the first thing that happens is we´re offered a plastic cup of wine to get us underway. No disrespect to Mr.Hugo, who´s a jolly chap who seems to enjoy making sure backpackers remember their wine tour, ...