Amauta Elebaires students visit Mendoza

Tuesday April 22, 2014
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When you study Spanish in Argentina, one of the most enticing areas to visit during a weekend is the province of Mendoza. Wine, mountains, and asados; this is the province of Mendoza in three words. Nine students of Amauta Elebaires visited this beautiful region from March 21-25, 2014. All of the students affirmed that it was a breath taking experience.

We began our trip on Friday March 21st at the ‘Estación de Omnibuses’, a huge bus station in Retiro that almost looks like an airport. At 8:00 p.m. we were settled in our comfortable seats in an impressive double-decker of Via Bariloche. The seats and on-board catering gave us the feeling that we were flying business class. Everyone had a good night of sleep.

The next morning at about 10:30 a.m., we arrived in Mendoza. After taking a rest and soaking up the beauty of Mendoza´s high plains, we departed for a real winery tour through some bodegas in the middle of the world famous wine yards. The first one we visited was a more artificial one, called Don Arturo and the second one, Vistandes, was a more industrial one. At the end of both visits, we benefited from a wine tasting. Our last stop was an interesting one. We went to a factory where grape oil is made. Our nice, first day came to an end by eating at a Mexican restaurant in the popular nightlife area of the city.

Arrived to Mendoza Argentina

The second day began really early. At 7:30 a.m. everyone was ready to go on a magnificent trip to the Andes Mountains. We were going to see the mountain of all mountains in the Western and Southern Hemispheres, the Aconcagua! We went in our mini-bus, making our first stop at an artificial reservoir with an incredible view over the Pre-Andes. After driving some hours through the mountains we stopped at a ski resort to go up the impressive mountains and overlook the Andes from a higher level. After that it was time to eat something, so we went to Puente del Inca, a natural arch that forms a bridge over the Vacas River. After lunch and a visit to the bridge we went to the Provincial Park of Aconcagua. We walked a few kilometres to get to our main objective, the Aconcagua. We were thinking a couple of kilometres would be easy, but our minds were changed quickly whenever we realized the altitude made the climb so much more difficult. And then we saw it; the mountain of almost 7 kilometres high, the Aconcagua! After some pictures we went on with our trip to the border of Argentina with Chile. An abandoned railway station in Las Cuevas was a nice scenery for some ‘urban, exploring photography’. To finish our second day we went to an Italian restaurant and got some ice-cream.

Puente del Inca in Mendoza, Argentina

Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina

Our last day, our group split up. Most of the people went to the Pre-Andes to go horseback riding, and others rented a bike to cycle between the wine vineyards. For many of us it was the first time we drove a horse. We went through steppe landscape and over mountains, it was incredible. After the riding, we went back to the place we were staying to have a real asado (barbeque) prepared by typical Argentinian gauchos. The meat we ate was one of the most tasteful we had ever had. It was such a beautiful day!

Horseback Riding in Mendoza, Argentina

At 8:00 p.m. we had to go back to the bus terminal to catch our luxury liner back ‘home’ to Buenos Aires. Everybody enjoyed this unforgettable trip in the stunning province of Mendoza.

One thought on “Amauta Elebaires students visit Mendoza

  1. This sounds amazing!

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