My husband and I spent Easter vacation in Chile & Argentina a few years ago. We had an amazing time and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share a few photos. The drive from Chile to Argentina was across the Andes Mountains and boy, it was a spectacular drive!
When we stopped for immigration we took the opportunity to take a few photos…as you can see there were extremely high winds. What you CAN’T see is my heart fluttering from the effects of high altitude.
We were half-way up the first mountain and (as you can see) there were eleven (yes, 11!) switchbacks beneath us!
The following day, we spent in Maipu, Mendoza – a small, historic town in Western Argentina. The town’s nickname is “Los Caminos del Vino”: the roads of wine. I prefer red wines to white wines and Argentinian reds are world-renown. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Malbecs, oh my! Since we were in a different hemisphere we arrived during fall harvest and it turns out we couldn’t have picked a better time to be there.
My husband rented a tandem bike for the day (did I mention he’s a brilliant man?) and we headed down the country roads with a map of the vineyards in hand. The Andes Mountains were an amazing backdrop to the vineyards filled with sunshine.
Our first stop was a museum of the history of wine – it was interesting and really helped lay the groundwork for our day of exploration.
As we were enjoying dinner that evening amidst the beautiful colonial architecture in town, my husband joked that if we had been on two separate bikes, I would still be in the countryside, peddling back. We had a good laugh over that.
Happy Easter, everyone!
Photos: Ruxana’s Home Interiors, Pinterest, Microsoft Clip Art