My friend had been raving about asados and parrilladas since he moved to Mendoza. For those of you who don’t already know, those are the words in Spanish for a barbecue, and Argentina is famous for its great meat feasts.
Well, I suppose I didn’t know that until I took a flight to Argentina and travelled to Mendoza to visit my friend. I hadn’t expected to go to Argentina, but I had the time off work, the money and I had even managed to find cheap flights with Aerolineas Argentinas. So I was all set.
I think one of the things which really made my vacation in Mendoza was the fact that I had my own personal guide to show me the main tourist attractions and places to eat. So now I can pass on my advice so that you can also enjoy the very best of Mendoza. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the names of the restaurants we ate at, but you will find lots along the Paseo Sarmiento and Avenida Sarmiento. I was looking for romance, and this place fit the bill.
We also ate in two Tenedor Libre restaurants in Avenida San Martin. A Tenedor Libre is an all you can eat barbecue and you should pay anything from $30 – $35 Argentine pesos for a good buffet. Do not leave Mendoza without going to a Tenedor Libre – you will not have tasted meat like it.
Apart from the great food, Mendoza is famous for its wine and leather products. If you want to take home a good souvenir, you should buy a leather belt or wallet. We also booked a tour of the vineyard Bodega Carmine Granata. You can book tours in any travel agency in the city and I would highly recommend doing so. The last thing which you must do while in Mendoza is visit the zoo, which is the biggest I have ever been too.