Saturday, January 30, 2010

Visit to Mendoza Continued

Salentein wine tasting table, which is a 3 ton, 18 foot slab of marble that was lowered into the room before the ceiling was built. It had to be cut into 3 pieces to get it in place. Notice there is no wine in our glasses. The tour guides are always amazed when we leave without tasting a drop.
Walking through San Martin Park, enjoying the 100 degree weather.
In the Plaza Independencia there are many activities going on for children. Jugglers, face painters, story tellers, and play equipment. The children play in the fountains to stay cool.

You can't come to Mendoza without trying the beautiful fruit. We brought them to our local fruit and vegetable stand to get to know Mauricio and his brother Fabian.
You can't leave without seeing the Cerro de la Gloria statue, with San Martin the famous liberator (on horse) who freed the Argentines from Spain. It is the only hill in Mendoza, so we bring the new missionaries to look out and see their mission.

Next was a trip up to the base of Aconcagua. Looking out the opposite direction is this view of interesting rock formations. The rock up close is volcanic, but the foothills to the next mountain are smooth as glass, and then the rocky mountain in the background.
The mules were coming down off the mountain, hauling the trash and camping equipment from base camp. They seem to know their way and know that they are close to home because they are running.
We waited for a long time, hoping that the peak of Aconcagua would clear, but the clouds remained on the mountain. The danger of climbing Aconcagua, is that storms appear everyday on the tops of the peaks, and it snows even during the summer. The glacier on the peak is suppose to remain 900 feet thick all year long.
The Inca Bridge which is the rock formation across the river (yes that brown water down below is a river) was the only place the Inca's could cross the river after they traveled across the pass from Chile. They were believed to have gone as far as Uspallata (about an hour down the mountain).
At the Inca Bridge is a little out door market where you can buy things that were specific to Peru and the Incas. Dangling in my hand is a bunch of dried claws of animals that clank together when you shake them. JoEllen and I had a little band going. At the market you could buy carved onyx, hats, scarves and sweaters made in Peru, mineral rocks, leather items, etc.


Tara said...

Looks like you had a great time! No tasting? Too bad, just kidding you. I miss you. Hope I am the next visitor

CIARA and TED said...

Looks like you had fun with your sisters. I bet it was so much fun to see them. I enjoyed the pictures looks beautiful. I wish we had a local fruit stand like yours! Miss you guys!