Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
21Trip End Nov 10, 2007
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Fortunately things do brighten up. After our trekking, we spend a day of recovery in the city. Actually itīs not too bad. I like Mendoza because unlike some of the other places we have visited, I feel that this city has not been designed for the tourist industry. .
Mendoza is Argentinaīs 4th largest city, but it is still comfortable exploring the city by foot
There are a series of irrigation channels along side the roads which are fillled with melted snow from the mountains. By our hostel, the irrigation channels are pretty deep and grotty -probably quite easy to fall into if you donīt pay attention. However on the other side of town, there are cobbled streets and some beautiful colonial buildings - here, the city takes on a more upmarket outlook
On a Sunday morning, we visit Parque General San Martin. Itīs a nice place to relax and to watch all the fitness-mad locals taking on various forms of fitness. Everyone is dressed in their Sunday best and exercise takes form from a gentle stroll to several laps around the lake in a row boat. Not sure that the roads running through the park helped with the tranquility, but the trees and mountains in the distance make a compromise.
Mendoza is famous for its vineyards which produce some world class, and largely undiscovered wines. However we are both pretty physically and mentally exhuasted after our experience of getting lost in the mountains. Johns lips have swollen up three fold and Iīm not feeling too well either. We spend a day, just chilling out before taking another overnight bus.
3 weeks into our travels. Itīs reassuring to know that after recharging our batteries, there is still more time for exploration. Next we head south to Bariloche, the lake district region.