Our final destination was Mendoza, a picturesque city located in the heart of Argentina’s wine country, nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The city is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and world-renowned wine industry.

As we arrived in Mendoza, we were struck by the stunning backdrop of the Andes, with snow-capped peaks rising majestically in the distance. The city itself was charming, with tree-lined streets and plazas dotted with cafes, restaurants, and artisan shops.

View of Andes from a winery
First dinner in Mendoza – exquisite wine
Another view of the Andes

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting some of the famous wineries in the area. Mendoza is home to some of the most famous wineries in Argentina, and we were able to sample some of the finest wines in the world. We learned about the history of the region and the wine-making process, and enjoyed tastings in beautiful settings surrounded by vineyards and mountain views.

The wineries in Mendoza are truly a sight to behold. Our first stop was the Andeluna Winery, where we were treated to a tasting of some of the finest wines in the region. The sprawling vineyards and beautiful mountain scenery made for a breathtaking backdrop to our experience.

Our company for wine tasting

After the tasting, we headed to Domaine Bousquet for a delicious lunch, featuring local Argentine cuisine and of course, more wine. The winery itself was a stunning example of modern architecture, blending seamlessly into the natural landscape.

Next up was the Salentein Winery, where we were given a tour of the facilities and an in-depth look at the winemaking process. The highlight, of course, was the tasting room, where we sampled some of the most exquisite wines we had ever tasted.

Salentin Winery

In the evenings, we explored the city of Mendoza, taking in sights such as the Plaza Independencia. The culinary scene was also a highlight, with dinner at the highly acclaimed Azafran restaurant being a particular standout.

Final bit of sight seeing was driving to see Christ the Redeemer of the Andes at the border of Argentina and Chile – an unforgettable experience. The journey itself was breathtaking, with stunning views of the Andes mountains at every turn. As we drove higher and higher, we were surrounded by snow-capped peaks and crystal-clear streams and enroute there was this amazing sight

Natural Bridge over Cuevas River
Christ the Redeemer of the Andes

The Christ the Redeemer statue itself was striking. Standing at an altitude of 13,779 feet, the statue is one of the highest in the world, and the views from the top are simply breathtaking. We felt a sense of peace and tranquility as we looked out over the vast, rugged landscape, and we were struck by the beauty of the natural world around us.

Salentin Winery

The statue was built in the early 1900s as a symbol of friendship between Argentina and Chile, and it still stands as a powerful reminder of the importance of cooperation and understanding between nations. As we gazed up at the statue, we felt a deep sense of respect for the people who had built it and the values it represents.

Overall, the drive to see Christ the Redeemer at the border of Argentina and Chile was an unforgettable experience, and we would highly recommend it to anyone looking to explore the natural beauty and cultural significance of this stunning region.

Our stay in Mendoza was an unforgettable experience, full of natural beauty, culture, and culinary delights. The stunning setting, rich history, and world-class wine industry made this a truly unique and special destination.

We then headed back  to Buenos Aires to take an early morning flight back to the US.


South America and Australia are two continents we had not visited and with our visit to Argentina, we are down to only one. Argentina is an amazing country in so many ways. Iguazu Falls should be on everyone’s bucket list – it is sight to behold! What made the trip absolutely perfect was being able to do it with Amit and Brett – if they were not with us, it is less likely that a couple of old codgers like us would have undertaken the visit – it certainly would not have been as enjoyable

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