Mendoza, Argentina

We arrived into Mendoza by bus from Chile and from the terminal you can either taxi or bus. Taxis are metered and there is a stand so it is safe and they are not too expensive especially if you are tired and in a group of people.

We stayed at Gorilla hostel which was ok but not the best hostel i have stayed in because of the lack of vibes around the place.

Mendoza is a really nice little town and the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the wine country. This is all possible on a backpacker budget as well. Don’t miss this cute little place in Argentina.

WHERE TO EAT:

Don Aldo – We went here for an early dinner on day one after not much looking around and were quite surprised. I had a burger which was massive – enough for two people, Alice had a salad and Lily had a pizza. Everything was pretty good and is in a good spot for people watching.  Av. Arístides Villanueva

Burgery – Great burgers, went here for lunch and highly recommend. Get chips with your burger, they have an english menu and all three of our burgers were delish! Av. Arístides Villanueva 209, 5500 EOU Mendoza, Argentina

Zitto – Checked out Zitto for dinner and drinks and everything was amazing. Two for one cocktails until 10pm and a massive pizza menu. And bonus the pizza is actually good unlike the rest of South America.

Largarde – Vineyard that you must go to for lunch. We made this a day trip and got a taxi trip there from Mendoza which cost 250 ARP. Three course meal, tasting and tour of the vineyard costs 800 ARP and it is worth every dollar. Best day of our trip thus far. If you have the money to spoil yourself do not miss this cute spot. San Martín 1745, 5507 Mayor Drummond, Mendoza, Argentina

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WHAT TO DO:

Bike tour around Maipu – You can get here by bus or if you want you can do a day tour but these are more expensive and the biking is fun! Catch bus number 171, 172, or 173 from outside Terminal Sol or just ask your hostel to tell you the way. Takes about 45minutes to get there and costs about 1.50 NZD return which you need to put onto a bus card as the bus does not accept cash. Once you arrive hire bikes from Maipu bikes (or any of the other outlets that do this). It costs 100 ARP and included you get water and then wine and empanadas at the end so it is great value and the staff here are amazing!

There are 18 vineyards you can visit but we went to Trapiche, Tempus Alba and Entre Olives. Tempus Alba was great for lunch and such good value, tasting of three wines each (decent sized glasses) and we shared a steak and chicken meal which totalled about $20 NZD each. Trapiche is larger and a much older vineyard. We did a tasting here for 100 ARP and the wine was great – even for the non wine drinker 🙂 Entre Olives is also worth a visit if you like olive oil and liquors, cost was 60 ARP.

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