Mastering The Art of Doing Nothing in Mendoza

Still parched and exhausted from our mountain desert adventures, my travel companion and I were facing a decision about where to go next from Santiago. We could hop on a 50 hour bus ride south to the wilds of Patagonia and hike in the mountains of Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. Or we could take an 8 hour bus east across the border to Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina.

Nine hours later, we toasted ourselves for making the right choice as we reclined on a patio on the trendy Avenida Villanueva Aristides with our $6 bottle of Malbec and enormous steak dinners.

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