I never thought this would be a travel blog, but then again I had no idea what I was doing when I started it. It was originally a running blog, but even I got bored by my own posts. I decided that blogging while on vacation was a good way for me to remember all of it as well as share about the trip. There were so many different parts and I don’t want to forget anything.
I’m not even sure where to start since I did blog while on the trip. We were gone a full three weeks, leaving on Wednesday February 6th and arriving back in the US on Wednesday February 26th. I have never taken that much time off and was a little concerned, but knew we needed that time to make the best of our itinerary. The only place I would have spent less time is Rio. We had crazy busy days and we had nice relaxing down days. I read 12 books on the trip. I got to spend invaluable time with a friend I don’t get to see nearly enough.
Ilha Grande and Iguassu
Iguazu and Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires and Mendoza
So this seems to be where I left off. We enjoyed Buenos Aires. The food and wine was delicious. It is a very interesting city in how much of it is designed after different European cities. After four days, endless walking, the city tour bus, and lots of food we packed up again and left for Mendoza.
Mendoza is another place I have wanted to visit for seven years. It is only a 7-8 hour bus ride from Santiago, but I never made the trip while studying in Santiago. All I really knew about Mendoza was that it was Argentina’s wine country. It is this beautiful city right along side the Andes. The city is located in a desert with massive canal systems to the city and the vineyards can exist. Everyone talks about the water, but it doesn’t actually seem to be a problem. The water comes from snow in the mountains and they do express concern for climate change.
We lucked out and ended up there during the Mega Dugustacion, meaning a giant wine tasting. They shut down a few blocks at the center of town and the local vineyards set up. We bough wine tickets and were able to each taste six wines.
We spent one day visiting vineyards, which was lots of fun. We spent another day exploring a beautiful park right outside downtown Mendoza. We spent out last day in Mendoza taking a tour up into the mountains. It was a long, but beautiful day. We drove all the way to the Chilean boarder.
We went back to Buenos Aires for our last day, which was kind of a day and a half since we didn’t fly out until late at night. We explored a few parts of the city we hadn’t visited yet. We spent most of the day walking around and enjoying our last day in summer weather. We decided to have out last meal at a restaurant the week before. We definitely adopted the late large lunch culture.
No matter how many people ask me what my favorite part of the trip was I still can’t answer. I know how lucky I am that I got to take the trip and that I got to visit all of these places. It was a once in a lifetime trip and I loved it. I am happy to be home and sleeping in my own bed though.