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Cordoba and Mendoza

Mendoza... Home of Wine, extreme sports and BEAUTIFUL girls

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I arrived in Cordoba at the worst hostel of my travels so far and consequently, there was only 2 other people in the hostel!

But this turned out to be a blessing in disguise, I only had 2 nights here in Cordoba and there were very few distractions so I managed to finally spend some much needed time to organise my future travels, write my diary and even skype Mum and Dad.

The following day I took a trip down to the lake where I sunbathed and took a swim, that night the hostel owner invited me to dinner with her friends where they cooked home made pizza which was pretty decent. The following day I took a walk around the city, visited some beautiful churches and South Americas first established University. This was the first time on the whole trip that I had spent time on my own, it was nice and relaxing but I hoped it would not be like this in Mendoza!

I then set off for a 12 hour bus journey to Mendoza. the hostel I stayed in had pretty rubbish facilities but the best people and THE best staff!
The first night I went to a party organised by the hostel, it was at the best hostel in the area and 6 local hostels all join up and party the night away together. This was a great way to make friends, enjoy some good food and have a lively night. I soon made friends with a coulpe of crazy lads from Brazil, Paul from Ireland and a group of girls from England and New zealand.

The folowing morning we set off for a wine tour at 2 local vineyards and an olive farm. This was very interesting and they taught us how to check for quality in the wines... So I´m pretty much a wine snob now!! We ended up buying some organic wine from a small vineyard for $36 pesos (they told us that the bottle sells for over $150 dollars in the USA.) That night we all cooked together and had an early night.

The following morning we hiked Alta Mantaña (High Andes Tour), spent a long time on the coach getting there but was worth it when seeing the sights of DamPotrerillos, Uspallata Valley, Historico de Picheuta, Centro de Ski Penitentes, Puente del Inca and Cerro Aconcagua! (Again, I´m still not able to upload photos which is a huge shame, but managed to put most up on facebook)

The following day (Friday) I went Rafting with Jack and Jonni (welsh) and Simon (Cornwall). The rafting was 12k.. We had an amazing day, rafting was awesome and is something I have to do again, and the lads made the day even better as we spent the day bantering each other and pushing jonni into the shallow rocky river! Afterwards we all had a few beers with our guide who was from Norway and was an absolute nutter, he spent the entire 12k trying to flip us out of the raft! we then got on the coach back to the hostel where we carried on drinking before going to another party organised by the hostel. Had a great night and ended up going to a Club with the staff about 3!

The following morning everyone was in a world of pain and ended going to Mcdonalds (shameful I know but please don´t judge). That night we hit another club and met up with lots of local girls, Mendoza is renound for it´s beautiful girls and we couldn´t disagree!
We left the club without Jonni as we couldn´t find him, we later found out he fell asleep in the toilets!!

The next morning we went on another hike in San Rafael- Atuel Canyon. We visited the southern Mendoza by Valle de Uco. The Altuel Canyon belongs to one of the oldest geological ages of Earth. We then went to Valle Grande Dam and Nihuil. This was an extremely long day (07.00-22.00) but was awesome!

The next day I organised my next trip (Salta and JuJuy) and set off on the bus at 20.30.

Mendoza was absolutly brilliant, a great mix of beauitful natural landscapes, extreme activites and lively night life... This is somewhere I have to come back to again at some point in my life (and perhaps settle down with a girl haha!)

Posted by chris_Arg 10:06 Archived in Argentina

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