I booked this trek & repell through the casa pueblo hostel in Mendoza. My only regret is that I didn't do more of it when I was there. Well, a good excuse to go back... and a now maybe I will get more involved in the sport at home in the Rocky Mountains. Our guide Martin was excellent and very safety conscious.
It's a very cute place!
In this restaurant they have really nice options for food or tea. The bake brownies and the coffee is very nice!
You must go there! It's worth going.
They also have a room there that is a winery where you can buy bottles of wine or sit and drink wine there in a cute place.
Huge Oak Casks
After showing us the ground floor equipment that is used to crush the grapes and the large metal vats in which the product is first stored, we were then taken underground to see where the different varieties of wine are stored for ageing. Tradition is maintained, with large wooden casks still being used for the most part.
Here, Sue is posing in front of a huge 292-litre French Oak cask built by Germans in 1940, according to our guide. This is one of only three casks of this size in the Mendoza region. Of course, the final taste and aroma of wines is greatly influenced by how it is casked due to the chemical interaction between the wooden staves of the cask and the wine itself. The four main factors are: the size of the cask (bigger cask means smaller relative wood contact with the wine), how long the staves were 'toasted' (the wood is heated and slightly burned to make it flexible during construction), the age of the cask and how long the wine stays inside the cask.
One final factor is the type of wood used, with French Oak generally being preferred over chestnut, cherry or acacia. The hardness of oak wood along with it's sweeter and more aromatic chemical 'tannins' are the main reasons for it's preference. French Oak mainly grows in France and the Balkans and has different characteristics than it's competition from the American Oak casks (with trees mainly coming from Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisonsin).
Museo de Arte Moderno
I visited the museum of Modern Arts at plaza Independecia one evening on my way to find a good restaurant at Sarmiento avenue. It was a good break for me although I didn’t spend much time here because of its small size.
The painting collection I saw was interesting and usually the museum holds contemporary art exhibits like the one I’ve seen but they told me that some Sunday afternoons they have small concert or theatrical performances.
Lying 51 km. to the north of Mendoza city, in an enclosed area of 72,000 hectareas, you can find Villavicencio, which offers its termal waters. Located in an ecologically preserved area, the Villavicencio spa is the most widely known picture appearing on Mendoza´s postcard. It´s situated on the primitive international road to Chile. The treasure of the place is its mineral water spring, situated at an elevation of 1,750 m. Above sea level, and recommended to improve life quality for its ability to replace the liquids and the mineral used up by the body after intensive physical effort.-