When we began planning for our visit to Buenos Aires, we knew that we would be there for longer than our average time at a particular location. Also, we would use it as a base for our trip to Iguazu Falls and to Uruguay.
When we travel, we make use of Tripadvisor and Hostelworld to help us evaluate the various places to stay. The reviews can help to identify those places that may be better suited for our particular needs and preferences.
Now, there are all sorts of pitfalls that come into play when using reviews. I won’t try to address them all here. I want to focus on a particular type of comment that I see frequently in reviews which I find particularly troublesome.
Malbec wine and Mendoza. The two are inextricably entwined. Mendoza (photos) is unquestionably the wine capital of Argentina. There are over 1,000 wineries in the Mendoza province that are responsible for about 70% of the total wine output for Argentina. The Malbec wines put Argentina on the map in the wine world but Mendoza is producing a wide variety of red and white wines.
The fact that anything at all can grow in Mendoza is owed to a network of irrigation canals or acequias. Mendoza gets very little rainfall, less than 8 inches annually. All of the vineyards and the entire town get their water from these canals which are supplied with water from the nearby Andes precordilleras or foothills.
Argentina didn’t originate the empanada. Wikipedia credits Spain and Portugal with the first empanadas at least 500 years ago. However, Argentina is serious about their empanadas.
We have tried empanadas in other Latin America countries we have visited but so far the most impressive we have encountered were at La Casa de las Empanadas in Cafayate, Argentina.