My first weekend in Mendoza

IMG_5143My first few days in Mendoza have been amazing! It’s currently winter here so there are not many tourists. During the day temperatures reach the 60s and it gets down to around 40 degrees at night. While I’m excited for spring to come so I can get out and do more hiking in the Andes, it is nice to get to know the city during the low season. In my hostel most of the travelers consist of long term backpackers who have been traveling around South America for anywhere from 5 months to 2 years.


I spent my first day here mainly catching up on sleep but on Saturday I went to a “walk” to the park which turned into a 9 mile uphill hike to a viewpoint the overlooks Mendoza and the mountains nearby (pictures below). So far, everyone in Argentina as been really nice and I’ve enjoyed the fact that there were a lot of rowers, runners, and bikers in the park. On Saturday night, the hostel had a BBQ in which they cooked a ton of red meat (as is typical here). I then stayed up visiting with several of the hostel guests and employees until 4:30am. The group included 3 French people, 1 Brazilian, and 1 guy from Switzerland. It is having opportunities to meet people from so many different cultures that make traveling and hostels some of my favorite things. On Sunday, I enjoyed the nice day by going on my first run in the city which made it feel a little more like home. Now that the weekend is over, I will start preparing my resume and cover letters so I can hand deliver them to the schools here at the start of the work week!

Author: jordansjourneys92

Hi! My name is Jordan Gurkin and I am currently traveling around the U.S. and working for a non-profit called Compassion International. I just finished spending a year backpacking and teaching English in South America. I'm a travel blogger focused on bringing you budget travel advice, travel tips, and some of my recommendations on places to visit!

2 thoughts on “My first weekend in Mendoza”

  1. I had my first chemo today, and sitting here reading your post is enjoyable and helping me to momentarily forget the terrible nausea. When you go up in the Andes and are close to Our Maker, talk to him about me. I am so happy your’re are doing what makes you happy and making a life to remember. Take care. Love, Aunt Rita


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