Plenty of Internet Cafes
As with every place we stayed in Argentina, there was no shortage of internet cafes in Mendoza. It seemed that there was something on offer on just about every block of the downtown area.
We found this one only a couple of blocks from our hotel and located in the midst of an area of street cafes popular with the locals. In addition to the usual computers, it also had a 'locutorio' area of enclosed booths where you can make local and international phone calls while a meter shows your running tab. I used the phones a couple of times to confirm our next airline flights and also to check regarding our hotel pickup time for return to the airport. It was also great to be able to check emails from home on their computers and the cost was very reasonable. For both of us on-line for 45 minutes at separate computers the total cost was less than A$2 (US 70 cents). No waiting for a spare computer either.
Climbing Mt. Aconcagua
Climbing Mt. Aconcagua was an enourmous challenge.
You should get a good guide, train hard to prepare yourself for the physical aspect and pray for good weather.
Take the Guanocos route that goes up the back side of the mountain. If you get a good outfitter, they will provide a majority of the gear and should provide a list of what you will need in terms of clothing, sleep bags etc....
Fine Dining in Mendoza
On our way in from the airport, our Huentata guide, Victor, marked up a small map of Mendoza for us. On it, he showed where our hotel was located as well as the main shopping, eating and nightlife areas. We decided to check out his tips after our first full day in the city, taking an early evening walk on a Friday night. The beautiful plazas in the city were busy as we meandered over to Sarmiento Avenue by way of the main Plaza Independencia. However, when we reached the restaurant area at about 8 PM, the sidewalk seating was still quite empty of customers.
We liked the looks of the sidewalk seating at the Facundo, and one of their outside waiters was very helpful, showing us their English menu and gesturing for us to take a seat. We started off with their excellent salad bar (A$5 or US$1.70 each) which had a whole slew of great veggies such as tomatoes, cukes, carrots, potato salad, eggplant, olives, etc. For a main course, Sue had their '1/4 lemon chicken breast' which turned out to be simply a breast with a wedge of lemon. I figured it was time to try some beef, so I ordered the Mixed Beef/Chicken Brouchette with a side dish of Garlic-Fried Potatoes. It also came with a wedge of lemon but the chunks of meat were huge with nicely BBQed portions of onions, tomatoes, red and greeen peppers between them. I had a regular bottle of local Quilmes beer to start off the meal and then switched to the local 'Malbec' red wine later on to match Sue and her white wine. We both thoroughly enjoyed the meal and, by the time we finished, the place was full. It was very enjoyable taking our time over the meal in the warm evening breezes.
The total cost of the meal came to A$56 (US$19) and I left a good tip too for the great service.
Another interesting square is Plaza de la Independencia; it is a really large square, with several fountains. By night, this square has a special lighting, that makes it nicer.
Otra plaza interesante es Plaza de la Independencia; es una plaza realmente grande, con numerosas fuentes de aguas danzantes. Por la noche, tiene una iluminación especial, lo que la hace aún más bonita.
Viñedos y bodegas
Mendoza is famous all over the world for its wines; then, visiting vineyards and wineries is a "must". There are all kind of wineries, so you can visit different styles. And, of course, you can taste different kind of wines!!!
Whites: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc; reds: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot...
and much more!!!
Mendoza es famosa en todo el mundo por sus vinos, por lo tanto, visitar viñedos y bodegas es un "deber". Hay diversos tipos de bodegas, por lo que se pueden ver distintos tipos. Por supuesto, se pueden degustar diferentes tipos de vinos!!!! Blancois: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc; tintos: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot... y muchos más!!!!