Mendoza and the Andes!

Today my mom, sister, and I woke up to do a group bus tour to the Andes! They picked us up right at our place in Mendoza at about 8 and didn’t get home until about 6. We spent a solid amount of that time in the coach bus, but it was totally worth it.
Our first stop was at this man made lake at the beginning of the mountains. 20140709-211848-76728100.jpg

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At first I was just taking pictures of everything, no idea what was really in store.

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We stopped in this tiny town called Upsallata (about 50k population) within the Andes. It was absolutely adorable. I FINALLY found some homemade jewelry like I had been looking for and expecting all through South America. I could get an authentic present or two finally (Acacia).

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It was crazy to see people renting snow boots and pants. Coming from Pennsylvania I didn’t really consider it cold and snow is not that great. It was crazy to know it was the first time some of these people would ever see it, nonetheless sled.

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Where we stopped there were some lodges, sledding, and a ski lift. We got tickets and took the ski lift up. This bit was in Argentina but the entire time we were going back and forth between Chile and Argentina, or so we were told.

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The top was unbelievable.

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After that we went to the “Pointo del Inca”. It’s an old Incan bridge that was naturally formed in the mountains.

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Our last stop was lunch at the top of this wooden hostel/restaurant building.

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It was a truly incredible tour and day. I’ve never been to any huge mountain ranges like this in the US so the longest one in the world really blew me away.

One thought on “Mendoza and the Andes!”

  1. Looks like you guys are having a great time..!! 🙂 All is well here in the states and on the mountain top..!! 🙂 Stu

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