Well my solo trip started pretty well when I won Bingo on the night bus to Mendoza and they gave me a bottle of wine!Of course I don't have a corkscrew or anyone to drink it with, but that is OK!I met some Columbians on the bus on my way through the huge San Martin park & decided to visit the zoo w/ them. It was so sad to see the animals so caged up and not in great shape.I then walked up the short Cerro de la Gloria hill which had a bunch of plaques dedicated to San Martin & a big statue at the top.I then had a little walk along the lake in the park before my sunset horse tour through the hills.I was a little stressed on the horse but it was OK.The sunset wasn't great but the night view of the town was.
The next day I took a wine bike tour and it was great!My bike got a flat tire then the chain fell off but besides that it felt good to get exercise and tour some of Mendoza's famous wineries in a group.We went to Bodega Weinhardt, an organic bodega, an olive oil plant, a fancy Bodega & then a family run liquor & chocolate place.After the tour I walked by Plaza Espana (great tiles) & Plaza de la Independencia (great fountains). I went into the Contemporary Art Museum since it was free, but it wasn't great.I am really not into modern art - most of it is garbage in my opinion.
On my last day I took the High Andes tour which turned out to be a whole day bus tour which I didn't know - sigh - no walking at all!LWe first stopped at Potrerillos which is a man made dam turned into a pretty lake.We saw the pre Andes mountains and the full Andes mountains - full of different colors because of the different minerals.Later we went up a big mountain to the border of Chile where they had a Christ the redeemer statue to testify to the peace between the 2 countries.When standing in front of it you can have one foot in each country.How cool - literally! It was very cold & windy up there at 4000m above sea level.Our last stop was the beautiful natural Inca bridge.It was formed from rock and sediment and minerals that solidified over a glacier that eventually melted.It is called the Inca bridge because the Incas used it to cross over when they came into Mendoza.