2 March 2013

11.7.3 Vendimia (Wine Festival)

Mendoza, Argentina Saturday, March 2, 2013 This was a very big deal in the city of Mendoza. In the preceding days along my wanders around the city I’d seen billboards and posters dotted around with pictures of young ladies in tiaras. They were in shopfronts, on buses, and next to scaffolding; each from a different […]

2 March 2013

11.7.2 Wine/ Bike ride

Mendoza, Argentina Saturday, March 2, 2013 It was still well before noon when our group were first dipping our noses into a Malbec rose at a family run vineyard on the outskirts of Mendoza city. In between the three wineries we visited until the early afternoon our transport was on two wheels (per person). The […]

28 February 2013

11.7.1 Sunset horse riding

Mendoza, Argentina Thursday, February 28, 2013 Recently down from the saddle, sipping on a glass of red, and chatting over the sizzle of huge hunks of steak in an outdoor brick barbeque; it was a gloriously typical Argentinean moment. At 1730 we arrived at the ranch, about a forty minute drive out of the city […]

27 February 2013

11.7 Mendoza

Mendoza, Argentina Wednesday, February 27, 2013 The first point I will note about Mendoza is its town planning (weren’t expecting that were you..) An earthquake in the mid-19th century necessitated a rethink of the roads and layout of the area. To avoid a repeat of the architechtural devastation, the avenues were built wide, with plenty […]

25 February 2013

11.6 San Rafael

San Rafael, Cuyo, Argentina Monday, February 25, 2013 Before arriving in San Rafael, I’ll quickly mention the bus journey. It was the most luxurious bus I’ve been on yet. We had two meals, watched films, and I was able to remain fairly horizontal throughout. The conductor even ran a game of Bingo for everyone, but […]

21 February 2013

11.5 Bariloche

Bariloche, Argentina Thursday, February 21, 2013 Bariloche is seen as the city as the gateway to Patagonia. It also seemed similar to Switzerland. The centre was affluent, and there was chocolate, medical centres, and even St Bernhard dogs. The streets were full of craft stores, with local people selling their woodwork and other particulars. There […]

20 February 2013

11.4.1 Cueva de las Manos

Bajo Caracoles, Santa Cruz, Argentina Wednesday, February 20, 2013 To the day, exactly 9,300 years ago*, a man, named Samwell*, placed his left hand on the side of a cave in Pinturas River valley, and began to spit out a dark red paste which he’d been ruminating. He took the bone of a small animal, […]

19 February 2013

11.4 Perito Moreno

Perito Moreno, Patagonia, Argentina Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Travelling up Route 40 deserves mention in itself. This part of my trip is the most unplanned and, to an extent, each day comes as it comes. Not to worry though, furnished with an introduction of Argentinian roads from 11.2, I have studied the propaganda and found […]

16 February 2013

11.3 El Chalten

El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina Saturday, February 16, 2013 The journey (in relative terms) was a short one across the other end of the National Park of Glaciers, to El Chalten. t sits in the shadows of a mountain range, and being technically within the borders of the Park meant we stopped en route at the […]

15 February 2013

11.2.1 Perito Moreno Glacier

Colonia Francisco Perito Moreno, Santa Cruz, Argentina Friday, February 15, 2013 Part of the National Park of Glaciers in southern Argentina, Perito Moreno is a titanic glacier refusing to shrink, despite the rise in global temperature. For the day, we not only viewed it from afar, but spent around four hours walking on the surface, […]