The night in the bus wasn’t very effective. Sleepily we walked to the Hostel and since we had to wait for the room we could already enjoy this great breakfast. Pancakes, eggs, oranges, bread and sweets, that’s a great start for the day.
During our breakfast we stumbled upon Max from Australia. We have met him in Buenos Aires already and we decided to come on the winery tour the very same day. The three of us and Karen drove by bus to Maipù and rented a bike at Mr. Hugo.
Mendoza is the largest wine producing area in Latin America. For sure we had to try their wine. We followed the dusty road and stopped at the Trapiche Winery for a wine tasting tour. The wine, especially the Malbec was fantastic. The lack of sleep and the alcohol in our veins gave our bikes some wings.
At the oldest family run Winery Di Tommaso from 1869 we learned all about the fermenting process of the different wines. The wine was a bit sweeter than the others but it still went down. We were getting faster with each winery and enjoyed the view of the mountains at the Mavi Winery. Here we had some cheese and salami to the wine and finished our tour.
Back at Mr. Hugo we hopped in the bus and watched the colorful sunset while we were heading back to Mendoza.
The next day we had a look around town and walked from one park to the next. Especially the Plaza de España was fantastic with its colorful tiles. Since we were short on cash we decided to try the money transfer some told us about. And so we transferred money online to a company here and received a very good dollar rate. We actually doubled our money.
Back in the hostel we had a spontaneous sit-in/party with some people and ended up hitting our mattress at 4 o’clock. Good that we have to check out at 10am. The next morning when we rushed out of the room, Diego came to me and asked me, if I hadn’t seen his note. He had slipped a piece of paper underneath my door saying that we can check out at 11:30 o’clock (just because it is you). Really sweet but unfortunately he placed it under the wrong door.
Trying to stay awake till our evening bus we prepared ourselves for the next stops. The bus to Bariloche leaves at 8:45 pm and it takes 18 hours. As tiered as we are right now we might sleep like a log – even on the bus.
Accommodation: Square Independece Hostel, Mittre Av. 1237, Mendoza
Price: AR$ 100 p.P., 6 bed dorm, shared bathroom, great breakfast included
Comment: best breakfast ever, very clean and spacy dorms