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Crossing over from Chile into Argentina we're surrounded with what seems like a totally new language. I am getting a lot of blank looks and some laughs when I try to communicate. One night I couldn't even order a beer correctly. The menus are completely different. We didn't know what one single food or drink item was for the first couple days. …
... blessed with magnificent weather. Its people, the Mendocinos, seem lighthearted and carefree and they certainly love their siesta (all shops shut between 2 and 5).
Mendoza was totally levelled by an earthquake in 1861. The authorities anticipating (somewhat pessimistically) another big earthquake rebuilt the city with very wide avenues (for the rubble to fall into) low rise buildings and spacious plazas (to use as evacuation points). I was ...
... where its made and the vats were the size of swimming pools!
We also visited a olive farm and learned the processes for how different olive oils are made. It was a very old family business that still used the classic method for oil extraction - a GIANT pestle and mortar style grinder. They also used modern machinery as well, but it was good to see the old method hadn't died out!
Extra Virgin - The olives must ...
... fan did not help. While other hostels had AC in the lobby or the dorms, and pools to boot, mine had neither. And it was nearly double the price. Oh we'll, you live and you learn. That afternoon I quickly joined a wine and bike tour so as not to lose the day. It was actually a lovely tour. We visited three bodegas (wineries) in the Maipu area, riding bikes for 10-15 mins between each one. One made organic wine, and one--Vistandes--had the best Carmonere in the ...
... were there and the bright purple jacaranda trees were particularly bright and purple.
The owners of our hostel were incredibly friendly and welcoming. They'd only been open a few months and not everything looked entirely finished, but it was in a grand old town house and they made up for the downsides by being so kind. They gave us a breakfast the morning we arrived despite us not having booked until that night, and we went out for ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostel Campo Base Penitentes Mendoza
The man living there is very hospitable and we enjoyed the meals! Wish I got the recipe for the shepherds pie like dish, a fav of Argentina.
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