Staying in Mendoza: what to do and see
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But the more I studied the maps, I realised that we could easily travel overland between Santiago and Mendoza. Giving us another city and country to sample.
Also, with the political unrest in Chile at the time, Mendoza offered a bit of break from worrying about this. It was the perfect solution.
It was one of the best decisions we have made on this trip so far, and Argentina quickly went up to the top three places we travelled so far.
How to get between Santiago and Mendoza?
The absolute best way to make this trip is via bus. I wrote a separate post about this because it was brilliant.
The bus ride takes you over the Andean mountains and past some spectacular scenery that you wouldn’t get to see without it.
Choosing a place to stay
After a couple of weeks in big cities and no hotel stays with swimming pools, we were desperate for a swim. Therefore, I looked for places in Mendoza that had access to a pool.
What I found was an absolute gem! We booked our reservation at the Casa del Bosque through Airbnb. The pictures showed a cute little house under the trees with access to a large garden and a swimming pool. It looked perfect!
We arrived a bit later than we expected (there was an impromptu McDonald’s stop) but our first impressions were fantastic!
It was exactly like the pictures. A wonderful quiet space on the grounds of the hosts’ house. The swimming pool was massively inviting and we were surrounded by the vineyards of Mendoza.
The difference fantastic hosts make
The best bit about our accommodation in Mendoza was not the accommodation itself, but rather the wonderful and generous hosts.
They greeted us at the gate to their homes and welcomed us warmly into our home for the next few days. It set the tone for the next few days.
Over our time there, Carmen and Miguel brought us over wine, food, cooked us a BBQ, made us empanadas, arroz con leche, provided toys for the swimming pool and took us in their car on a trip around the mountains and local area.
It was incredible. Their warmth and generosity were massive in making our trip to Mendoza feel so special.
Where did we go?
Owing to the fact that we loved our accommodation so much, we really didn’t venture out too much. But what we did do, we absolutely loved.
Parque San Martin
Mendoza’s largest park, Parque San Martin, is a huge green space in the middle of the city and it is a beautiful day out.
With lakes, mountain scenery and warm weather it is a must-see in Mendoza. We had a great day strolling around the park, looking at sculptures, walking through vine-covered arches, sitting by the lake and munching on an ice cream
There was also a fab little playground for the kids which kept them happy for half an hour even in the hot sun.
Visit the mountains
When our hosts offered to take us around the mountains, we were thrilled. If you can get hold of a car while you are there, then heading into the mountains is brilliant.
We saw peaks and valleys and huge sky-blue lakes nestled in the mountains. We saw villages that call the mountains home and the huge gushing Mendoza River.
The views are spectacular and I will remember them forever. Plus they only took an hour or two to go up and drive around. We were pretty close to the border with Chile.
Food and Drink in Mendoza
One of our absolute favourite things about our trip to Mendoza was the food. Oh my goodness! It was delicious.
First up, Mendoza is all about wine. It was cheap and delicious. If you love wine then Mendoza is one of the best places in the world. Malbec costs around £1.80 a bottle and is some of the best red wine I have EVER had.
On top of that, steak is also cheap. Once we figured this out, we basically reverted to a steak only diet. It was fab!
We also improved our steak by covering it in chimichurri. Chimichurri is a herb and chilli based sauce that originated in Argentina. Once we found it, we were hooked.
BBQs are also amazing is Mendoza. When our host offered to BBQ some steak for us we eagerly said yes. It was one of the best meals we have had on this trip.
We had large slabs of steak that were cooked over a log fire. It was tender, yummy and absolute barbecue perfection.
You will not be disappointed by the food in Mendoza. We ate well for very little money and it tasted so good. All washed down with some of the best wine in the world.
Would we return to Argentina?
Absolutely. Based on our experiences in Mendoza, we would love to visit Argentina again and see more of this stunning country and their beautiful people.
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