Half past 9 in the evening in Córdoba: Maike, André, Christian and I can’t wait any longer! We are standing at the bus terminal and waiting for the bus to Mendoza. A short time later the bus arrives, we give up our luggage and get on the bus. We have dinner that isn’t too bad for fast food, and later on, we fall asleep during the movie. When I wake up, the rest of the group is already awake and a look out the window tells that we are not far from Mendoza. The barren landscape of the Sierras, which surrounds Córdoba, gives way to a desert landscape with vineyards and mountains in the background. Sounds crazy, right? Desert, wine and mountains; Where can you find something like that? Only in Mendoza!
As we arrive in Mendoza, we get ready for our first important stop: a wine tour through Maipú! Maipú is located about 20km from the city centre and is well known for its wine tours by bicycle. So to say the affordable backpacker version of a wine tasting.
After a never-ending bus ride and finally arriving in Maipú, we go to the bike rental and find out that all bicycles have already been rented. The owner of a winery, which is so nice to help us, recommends us a good winery nearby, called Trapiche and takes us straight there in his car! Immediately after arriving, the tour of the winery starts which comes to completion in a wine tasting! I may have to add at this point that we haven’t eaten anything at all since our arrival in Mendoza and that are drinking the 3 wines on an empty stomach. This is why Maike and I are a bit tipsy after the first wine tasting ;) The boys seem to be fine, or maybe they just do not let it show!