Went to Argentina for a hot minute (a week!) and explored Mendoza, wine country, and the wonderful Buenos Aries. Absolutely loved it.
- Cachueta Thermal Baths – in an incredible setting nestled in the mountains, contains a health spa, mineral and mud pools, a restaurant and a canyon to go hiking.
- Visted a lot of wineries (bodegas): Salentein (also contains an art museum), Benegas (one of the oldest wineries), Trapiche (my favourite – such incredible decor and food), and Zuccardi’s (famous for producing the olive oil which appears in restaurants across the country)
- Chacras de Coria – a little settlement outside the city and at the entrance to the valleys, has a number of small scale wineries, chocolate shops and restaurants. At the entrance to the Uco Valley, Mendoza’s third most important wine producing region.
- Ate an incredible dinner at 1884 – best steak I’ve ever had in my life!
Buenos Aries was an incredible mix of architecture, politics, history (and good wine/food/coffee too) – I loved it!
- Stayed in an excellent Airbnb in the heart of Palermo with a pool
- Expored modern art at the Modern Art Museum, Mamba (houses over 300 works by 100 major Argentina artists, that tell the story of the evolution of local art scenes as well as the tumultuous wider social and political context since the museum’s opening in 1956) and at the National Art Museum
- Hung out in the Bosques de Palermo (large public garden) and the Museo de las Artes Plasticas nearby (great modern art work and really nice café). There are a lot of cool bars under the railway arches on the west side of the park.
- Ambled around the Plazoleta Julio Cortázar in Palermo – lots of nice fashion/ homewares stores (calles Armenia, Gorriti and Gurruchaga and the cross streets of Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua are the best).
- Spent a lot of time eating and drinking – our airbnb host also produced this most incredible list of places to eat, drink and explore in the area.