Cordoba and Mendoza
Trip Start Oct 08, 2005
71Trip End Oct 06, 2006
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So after that culturally enlightening couple of days (ahem), I moved onto Mendoza
But the main reason I wanted to come to Mendoza was to get out of the city and into the mountains - the Andes to be exact. The air in the cities in Argentina isnīt the cleanest, it seems like everyone smokes, and Iīve had a cough since I arrived, so wanted to get out into the fresh air. So I did. I spent one day trekking through the lower mountains where its almost desert, very arid and dusty but very beautiful. But it was no ordinary trek, occasionally we would come up against a sheer drop in the rocks, so we had to abseil down them. As you do. The first couple of drops were only 10m and 8m, so quite manageable, but the last one was 45m. Bloody high. I nearly bottled it, I have to admit, it was completely terrifying lowering myself over a ledge holding onto a rope, I would much rather have tied a rope to my feet and jumped off head first, more comfortable with that
The next day in the mountains was more sedate. I went right up into the Andes, where it had snowed really heavily in the last few days. Just had a mooch around, played in the snow, saw some Inca ruins and watched people ski. Its lovely up there, the mountains are stunning, obviously the trip stuck to the touristy areas, but in that weather it was hard to get really into the mountains. In the summer I bet its incredible.
I could hang around Mendoza for a while as there is tons to do, but Iīm off again tonight to a national park. Argentines have it so good - beautiful country to enjoy during the day, and fantastic food and wine to while away the evenings. I am loving it here.