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For those who have been " following" me on Instagram, you may have seen that I traveled to Buenos Aires and Mendoza,  Argentina in November. The husband planned EVERYTHING so I'll do my best to recall the names of tour groups, restaurants, etc. You can also check out my " InstaStory" where I documented almost every day of my trip.

Buenos Aires


We stayed at Palacio Duhu- Park Hyatt. The stay is pricey, but the husband is a travel expert and had some points racked up. There is a beautiful courtyard that connects the older building with a new modern version of the hotel. The courtyard is incredible. We sat out there one day with a bottle of wine and pretended we're fancy. The spa is perfect and if you arrive earlier than check in, which we did, they take care of your bags and let you use the spa facilities early. The neighborhood we stayed in was Recoleta. It had a European feel to it. Streets were filled with expensive boutiques and older ladies with their poodles so if you prefer a more  hip and chill neighborhood I would recommend Palermo.


The first night we checked out the tasting menu at Uco. This restaurant is in Palermo, super hip neighborhood. We didn't get a chance to explore it too much, but I highly recommend checking it out for drinks and food. 

Sidenote: we Ubered to most places. Keep in mind, my husband, Tim, would request Ubers and got cancelled on constantly. When I ordered, I got ZERO cancellation. Could be my incredible Uber rating or just that I was a blonde female. Guess we'll never know. 

The tasting menu here was PERFECT. Additionally, you can add a wine pairing with each meal and that was heavenly. I may or may not have broken a glass after my 5th glass of wine. Oops. 

This whole tasting menu experience is on my " Argentina" story. 

To enjoy a typical Argentine steak, we visited Los Remolinos completely by accident. We were walking over to another restaurant that ended up being closed. We noticed this place and hesitated plainly because of it's outside appearance. BUT. Lesson learned. Never judge a restaurant by it's outside decor. The place is not super fancy, the food is good, and it was PACKED. Looked like it was filled with locals, which was encouraging.  

For dessert, check out Rapanui. They have delicious ice cream.  


For our 2nd day, we did a 7 hour bike tour around the city. We had great weather and were able to visit all the top places like La Boca, their stadium, and try out the Argentinian traditional drinks like Mate and Fernet and Coke. The bikes are a little old. Tim's bike totally crapped out on him and flipped him over on the street. Miraculously, he walked away with a few scratches and was given another bike. Keep that in mind if you're traveling with people who are not comfortable on a bike or may be older. 

Uruguay for a Day!

We took a boat to Uruguay and explored for a whole day. Beware of the boat situation. On the way back we were delayed for over an hour and stuck on the boat with no updates on what's going on. Personal opinion on Uruguay.
There is not a a lot to see so I wouldn't recommend going for more than that. We explored Colonial de Sacramento and basically ate, drank, ate and drank for the whole day. 


This place was perfect. Cute and simple. If you love dogs, you'll be happy to know that there are stray dogs EVERYWHERE in Colonial de Sacramento. I wanted to take them all home.

Found this intimate tea house by accident. We did a sweet tasting menu there with tea. Their cookies and pastries were simply divine. We regrettably couldn't finish it all. 

Queriendote casa de Te y Bistro

Next stop...


 Mendoza was the perfect trip after BA. It had a country feel, much smaller, and way more locals. Upon arrival to our hotel, we noticed commotion in the park across the street to our hotel. We quickly learned that in a couple days La Boca and River will be playing The Copa Libertadores. The fans gathered in the park, jumping, singing, and playing the drums. It was quite a welcome to Mendoza. I was so excited to see what this city has to offer.


1. Martin's Bikes

We got very lucky with our bike tour with Martin. The other's in the group cancelled so we had a private tour with Martin! He was great. Picked us up from the hotel, had top notch Trek bikes, and knew wine. We biked around Lujan de Cuyo and visited beautiful wineries. Martin had a great line up of commercial wineries and small family owned wineries. The tour also included a dinner and tasting at Bodegas Nieto Senetiner

2. Termas Cacheuta 

You HAVE to go to these hot springs! We bought the Full Day Spa ticket for around 60 dollars which includes towels, an INCREDIBLE lunch buffet, and pick up and drop off from your hotel in Mendoza. Let me just say that I had low expectations. Boy, was I in for a treat. THE VIEWS! To die for. There is a mud bath option that you do yourself. A bit like the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Beware: Put on sunscreen! It was a bit chilly out that day, but the sun was strong and I couldn't feel it. Unfortunately, my skin suffered but the memories were worth it. Lunch buffet is served at a certain time. Listen to the tour guide on the bus he will give you all the details. If you want to buy beer with your lunch, make sure to bring some cash. 

Potrerillos, Mendoza

That's all folks! Let me know if you have any questions, and I'll try my best to answer. 

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