Local market: Souvenir stalls
After checking out from our hotel in Mendoza, we drove to Aconcagua. This place is in spectacular setting, either you climb or not you can enjoy the area. We have a short stop here, and wandering around the souvenir market. You will find nice stuff in the area, and very cheap if you haggle
What to buy: Local stuff as souvenirs
Roadside Stalls: Clay Pots
Once we had finished our alloted time in the spa itself, our group was hustled back across the natural bridge to the area where local wares were being sold. There were quite a number of stalls there, so my wife and our guide Andrea browsed for several minutes, eventually settling on this very nice clay bowl at a cost of A$15 (or US$5). Sue had to cradle this in her arms for the last few segments of our trip, but it made it safely home!
One of the things about a tour, is that your time is tightly controlled - we only spent a total of 45 minutes here. When we first arrived, we happened to be in a cloudy phase of the sun/cloud mixture that had developed by late afternoon. Consequently, I was not happy with my initial photos of the the spa/bridge complex before we were ushered onward. Just when it was time for the shopping, the sun came out, lighting up the sulphurous rocks! I took this as my cue to jog to a few vantage points to get the pictures that I had first wanted! By then, I had lost the ladies in the crowd so I had to console myself with a cold Quilmes beer until we reloaded the bus!
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