Argentina

Buenos Aires

After one last visit to family and friends in England for a fantastic week of treats and spoiling, we arrived in Buenos Aires and got our first taste of South America.

Buenos Aires is huge, dirty, loud, and busy. We spent 5 nights here so we got a good feel for the place. Along with joining a free walking tour, we visited many of the must sees. Two of the highlights were watching a Tango performance in Cafe Tortini, the oldest café in town, and also the La Boca district, famous for its brightly painted tin houses, and the Boca Juniors Football team.

Whilst trying to be budget conscious, we couldn’t come to Buenos Aires and not try an Argentinian steak! And try we did! At one point we had eaten steak for dinner three nights in a row! The best we came across was the medallion at Gran Parilla del Plata, at the same time, realising we need to try more Argentinian Malbec wines! It’s a good thing we are coming back to Argentina, to Mendoza, in January!

See next: Chili

 

 

 

Mendoza

It was sadly time to say our goodbyes to Tony and Kath in Rio to fly to Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital. We spent 4 nights here in this gorgeous, green, vibrant city located at the foot of the Andes mountain range. We decided to treat ourselves to one of our favourite activities, and one which would also be our last for this trip – wine tasting!  We paid a bit more to enable us to visit a range of wineries from a small boutique winery to, a bigger more well-known one. At each winery we were given around 4-5 wines to try, with the grape variety ‘Malbec’ being the most famous. Each vineyard was in gorgeous settings, drenched in the 37 degrees of sunshine, and a backdrop of the snow-capped Andes.

 

On our fifth day we caught a 10 hour bus to Santiago, Chile to catch our flight home back to Sydney. The bus took us on a breathtaking road through the Andes, the views were stunning. Upon arrival at the border crossing into Chile however, the inefficiency of the immigration workers meant around a three hour wait to get through. We were relieved to reach our final hostel in Santiago, and headed straight out to dinner to celebrate and reflect on our unforgettable honeymoon, washed down with a fantastic bottle of Chilean wine!

 

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