After leaving Buenos Aires, we flew to Mendoza, ready to sip malbec under the Andes and explore the Cuyo region of Argentina.
Where: Mendoza, Argentina
When: November 2016
Stayed: Cavas Wine Lodge
Both this property, and Awasi Patagonia (where we stayed after), had been on our wish list for years. It is important to note that while I do attend press trips and am continuously grateful to partner with amazing and authentic travel brands, many of our trips are not sponsored, and we still plan and pay for most of our travels as “regular” guests: this South American trip included. Travel has always been our top priority, both financially and time-wise, and we have never regretted a single cent spent on these experiences or memories. This was important to note, as both Cavas Wine Lodge and Awasi (which I will be sharing in my next post), were two of the most spectacular properties we have ever visited, in every, single way possible. Il San Pietro was another property that made me feel this way, and it is no surprise that all fall under the Relais & Chateaux umbrella. (It is also no surprise that we have since googled their child policies to see just how soon we can try to make it back to all three!)
We stayed in a ‘luxury room,’ which had an outdoor shower, a free standing bathtub, a private plunge pool, and a roof terrace with a wood burning fireplace and front row seats for dinners with a side of stargazing. The main lodge had the most beautiful pool, the most delightful spa (we spent an entire afternoon there, even soaking in a tub full of red wine), and a restaurant.
Every morning began with a walk towards the Andes (and a million “can you believe this is real?!”), and then an Argentinian breakfast. We tried our first chipas (Argentinian cheesy bread balls), and Matty’s face below pretty much sums up this experience. We would then head out for the day (horseback riding, hiking, paddleboarding, wine tasting, etc.), and would come back to find snacks in our room, and to take a dip in the pool. And there was no evening we didn’t enjoy that fireplace. Something out of a dream.
One of our favorite days was spent horseback riding to Ojo de Agua with our guide, Cesar.
Another favorite day was spent hiking to a waterfall with another guide, Gonza. We ate lunch on top of the falls, and then cooled off under them!
Lake Potrerillos is a large dam in Mendoza, perfect for a hot day. We paddle boarded, swam, and even got to play with a little perrito!
And of course, we did our fair share of wine tasting. From Bodega Caelum to Ruca Malen to Catena Zapata to a paired lunch at Casa Rena… if you love wine, this is the place for you! On our last day, we stopped at a roadside jamon truck, which was probably one of Matty’s favorite sandwiches he has ever eaten. One last night under the stars, and then it was time to wake up bright and early to head to Chile.
Until next time, Mendoza!