I have traveled around the world and Argentinians are some of the most friendly people. In Argentina, it's common to share stories with a stranger, then be invited for a meal and make a friend for life. When I traveled to Salta, I met the mother in the morning and that evening I was learning how to make empanadas in her home with her family. Next time I'm in Salta I will reunite with them.
The reality is that wine is what brings me back and many others to Mendoza. Wines from Argentina are outstanding quality for the price. Malbec and Torrontes are the signature grapes, two examples of the wide contrast and styles you can find in the wines here. This trip I'll experience Malbec World Day on April 17, harvest and try the new vintages.
It's fall here though hard to tell with the forecast of highs in the 80s next week. Outside Mendoza city, the area is a vast land of vineyards and beautiful bodegas (wineries). Plus there are picturesque views of the Andes Mountains topped with snow. Throughout Mendoza there is Italian architecture with Latin American style.
In preparation for this trip, I stopped eating red meat a week ago. Argentina has the most incredible steaks paired with wonderful wines that encourage any foodie to plan a trip here. It's not only steaks with excellent chicken, empanadas and pasta, too. The veggies are fresh so there are options for everyone.
If you have a sense of adventure it can be filled here. I've been paragliding here, which is one ofthe most popular places to do so in South America. This trip if the time allows I may go river rafting and horseback riding in the vineyards. In the evening it will be time to tango, though I'll leave that to the professionals.
The great thing about Argentina is you never know where the day is to take you. A stroll in the
park might lead to futbol (soccer) or a chance to find an extraordinary wine and a new friend.