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Apr 5, 2005 - Mendoza

Well, this is my last day in Mendoza. I had somehow pictured Mendoza differently. The name sounds romantic to me, and everybody was talking about how nice it was. Somehow I imagined something a little more "pastoral". But Mendoza is a busy city. With something like 150 000 inhabitants, it has way too many fume-spewing buses for its own good. Fortunately, it also has many pretty parks where you can actually breath fairly clean air. Friday and Saturday were overcast and cool, so I walked around the city, planning some excursions, stopping at...

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Apr 1, 2005 - San Rafael

Last Saturday (March 26) I took a bus from Neuquen to San Rafael (almost 9 hours) where I stayed for 5 days. San Rafael is part of Argentina's wine producing region, so of course I went visiting a couple of wineries, and bought a few bottles of wine for very cheap. Now I have to carry said bottles of wine with me, which only adds to the weight of my already too heavy luggage! But what can I say? I want my friends at home to get a taste of it, so I can't drink it all before I get back (am I generous or what?). Of course, one of the problems...

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Mar 30, 2005 - Argentina - Mt Aconcagua

We escape the city on our second day, to sneak back into Argentina (missing her already!) and to catch a glimpse of Mount Aconcagua - the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. As it generally takes 2-3 weeks of acclimatizing to hike this 6,962 mountain, we reluctantly head back to Santiago. We also stop off to see Portillo, a famous ski resort and home to the world´s fastest ski speed record. Looking at the gradient of the runs...its hardly surprising!

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Mar 29, 2005 - Return to Argentina for a week

"It was one of those days... when I forgot all my cares, all my failures, all my anxieties about writing. I was exactly where I wanted to be, doing what I liked most. I was far enough offshore..." Paul Theroux. During the trip from Santiago to Mendoza, I was treated to continuous views of the Andes Mountains as we climbed up and east into the Cordillera. At one point, we climbed 27 zigzags PHOTO. The bus wasn't full, so I was able to move from side to side to take photos of the extraordinary road. At the top, we went through customs and...

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Mar 22, 2005 - Bus to Mendoza

22nd March - Got to Mendoza around 9am and this dude called Max canvassed his hostel to us. Did the normal trick of where you from. Giving the answer he then saying in your local lingo "Conas a ta tu". We went with him only because Rebecca and the other girls from the Millhouse were ment to be there. The place was a dive, dorm had 14 beds. Neither of us were happy with the place. Headed into town for brunch which consisted of err yep you guessed it a steak. Honestly it looked to be around 15oz (see photo). Did the city tour that nite and...

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Mar 21, 2005 - Suedamerika 6 (Navimag - Villarica - Mendoza)

hola amigos y amigas nach weiteren drei wochen voller sehenswuerdigkeiten und erlebnisse hier der newsletter 6: jaja beim zweiten anlauf hats dann mit der navimag faehre in umgedrehter richtung von puertonatales nach puerto montt doch geklappt und wir hatten 4 super tage auf dem schiff. aber angefangen hat es damit, dass wir in natales einen alten pfadikollegen von mir, naemlich omega von wangen, mit freundin mauela getroffen haben und sich herausgestellt hat, dass sie auch auf dem schiff sind... ja so klein ist die welt. somit hatten wir...

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Mar 20, 2005 - Back in Argentina, in the wine region capital...Mendoza

Hi everyone..back in Argentina, and very happy to be here. I definitely like this country much more than its neighbor, Chile. For one thing, the food here is far superior and of much greater importance..its sooo much cheaper. I felt like I was paying US prices much of the time in Chile! Anyway, Mendoza is excellent. It's known for producing 80% of the wine in this country. So, Amanda & I followed suit and went on a wine tour. We visited 2 wineries and got the whole schpiel (is that how you spell it?) about how they make their wine and why...

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Mar 16, 2005 - Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina... Wine region... What a better way to explore than with bikes? On the way to Maipu, a small town full of wineries, or bodegas as they are called here, we hopped onto the highway by accident with our rented bikes. I guess it's not illegal because cops saw us doing it and said nothing. Of course, since we were going wine tasting, we needed ties. So we stopped at a little kid's school uniform shop on the way, and picked some up (pics will be up soon). They went nicely with our shorts and sandals. We got to Maipu after about 45...

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Mar 5, 2005 - Aconcagua

This is the wildest camping place ever, with rabid dogs in bunches of twenty at a time and winds to rival a hurricane. But, there were some great sights, so perhaps worth it. We hired mules, wernt to thermal baths, saw the biggest mountain any of us have ever seen- by a long way. so it was all good.

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Mar 4, 2005 - Mendoza

We spent a few days in mendoza, which is a great city, but we missed the wine festival as when we arrived, after a 23 hour bus ride there were no places to stay. The bus ride took so long as we hit a cow which made the front of the bus cave in, this was about 1am. But the bus driver just kicked the window through (after standing around discussing it for half an hour) then we carried on our way. Anyway it was really nice when we got there and we went round lots of Bodegas (wineries) and got some free tasting.

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Mar 3, 2005 - Uspallata, Argentina.

Uspallata was an unexpected stop as we couldn't get a place to stay in nearby mendoza because of the wine festival! we are here now though and we are just about to go and get stuck in so bye bye wish you were all here to enjoy it with us, oh well we'll bring you some back, email us lots and lots of love helen and scottxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Mar 1, 2005 - Mendoza

Hola Amy and Paddy- its off to the bodegas for some viticulture and wine tasting. HMMMMMMM Well, The Bodgas had to wait fro a few days, as e decided to hit the surrounding mountains where we went camping in Uspallata surrounded by hundreds of poplars and mountains. WE Hired bicicles and rode around in the blazing sun for a while, before we decided that it was only mad dogs and Englishmen that would attempt such stunts, and returned to the shade of our trees. We had great barbeques and drank wonderful wines, so had a great time relaxing and...

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