Mendoza....I Don't Want to Leave
Trip Start Aug 23, 2006
27Trip End Dec 23, 2006
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The next moring after a few hours of sleep, Paula and I head off for the Bikes and Wine tour. It cracks me up that someone actually got away with opening up a company that encourages drinking and riding on a bike....would never fly in the States. If your are only paying 35 pesos like we did...it is not worth it as most of the wineries actually charge you for a tasting...what a ripoff. Ater a couple hours of riding, we meet a few other Americans on bikes and did the tour with them. It would have been better had the weather been nicer and the wineries not so cheap. I did find a couple good bottles at Familia de Tommassa....good stuff. That night it is Mikes (the owner of the hostel) birthday...so around 9PM everyone loads into 4 taxis and we head to Palenque...an awesome, awesome restaurant. So many good steaks were devoured and so many good bottles of wine were drunk. On the way back to the hostel we walk and essentially bar hop the entire way...ending up in an Irish pub where some vile Tequilla-like substance was consumed. I left around 2 but the party was still going strong until 4 or 5. I only took my small camera so I don't have any pictures to show you the debauchery...but perhaps that is a good thing. Earlier that day, Nicole from Germany and Anna from North Carolina told me about a hike they were doing tomorrow...so I sign up and agree to get up at a god awful hour the morning after Mikes birthday fiesta
Day 3 we load into a bus and head to a refugio to do a bit of hiking. The weather sucked...rain in the mountains...but it stopped just long enough for us to hike up a nearby mountain and see some nice scenery. It would have been better but there were many clouds at the top and a bit of freezing rain. Oh well...it was a great hike and towards the top I felt really, really good...first time in a while. Back at the hostel around 4PM and I cracked open one of my bottles of wine and chilled in a hamock for a couple hours...it was a welcome treat to finally relax a bit. Had a good dinner with the gang from the hostel and made it an early night.
The fourth day Fionna, myself and two others from the hostel signup for a bus wine tour...which like the bikes and wine tour...was a bit disapointing...until the very end. We got to tour two wineries and a liquor factory....one small winery and one large one. Unfortunately the small one was the same one I visited during the bikes and wine tour so that sort of blew. Bought a nice blend wine from the large winery and not much else. Around 3PM we are all starving and here is where the tour paid for itself...we arrived into a private restaurant and walked down a vineyard covered path to a private dining room where the door was opened and we saw the most incredible spread of food I have seen yet on this trip
Final day in Mendoza was spent doing not much at all...which was great....for I had a 20 hour bus ride to Bariloche...fortunaly in full cama class. Larry from Austin who was a resident mascot at the hostel was also heading this way so he got on the same bus. Looking forward to Bariloche...but it will be hard to beat the good times at Mendoza and Hostel Lao.