“Are you sure you want to go to South America. I hear these countries are very dangerous”, if only mum could see where we are now! With just a jump over the border from “little Germany” in the Chilean Lake District you will land yourself in “little Switzerland” and the city of Bariloche in the Argentine Lake District. Our “little” slice of Europe just grew tenfold. Not only is this part of South America safe and friendly it is a sophisticated – by European standards – tourist mecca in an enchanting setting amongst bountiful lakes and snow capped mountain peaks. The Argentine Lake District has the best of everything; be it hiking, boating, fishing or indulging in some of Argentina’s finest food. We knew straight away that we would be more than able to satisfy our desire to hike within the world renowned Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. And of course in order to gain sustenance for said hike we arrived ready to eat.
Argentina is famous for three things; Wine, Beef and Football, and Mendoza just happens to be pretty good at all three. Mendoza is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city, in the heart of Argentine wine country. They say the best wine in the country is produced here, and so of course we had to come and find out if this is true by exploring the vineyards to sample fine wines, and get a taste of some local gourmet food and of course we hoped to catch a football match – Iain needs to get his fix of his beloved sport.