Visiting La Pampa and Bodega Chacra

Bodega Chacra in Rio Negro

After returning to Buenos Aires from Uruguay, I made my way to Bariloche for Christmas. On my journey, I made a couple of pitstops in Santa Rosa and General Roca. Many people have questioned why I went to General Roca (because it is definitely not a popular tourist destination) and the answer is easy: wine. A friend of my grandfather has a bodega in the Rio Negro providence and offered for me to come stay at the bodega. Who am I to say no??? I definitely couldn’t turn down an opportunity to try some new wines and visit a beautiful, tranquil bodega after my time in Buenos Aires and various cities over the past few weeks.
View of the laguna in Santa Rosa
My journey to get to the bodega ended up being a little more stressful than I hoped because all of the buses were sold out leaving Buenos Aires since it was close to Christmas. Because of this, I had to make a detour through Santa Rosa and La Pampa region of Argentina. Santa Rosa is definitely not a town I would seek out to visit in Argentina but it was nice to see a different region of this wonderful country and I was able to find a nice park along Laguna Don Tomas and a great panderia, Santa Fe, which had wonderful pastries.
View of the Vineyards from the House
From Santa Rosa, I was able to take the bus to General Roca and then I took a cab onto Bodega Chacra. This too turned into an adventure because the bodega is in a very remote area and we accidentally went down the wrong road and the cab proceeded to get stuck in the deep sand. I felt so bad for the cab driver! Luckily, we were able to get help from the people at Bodega Chacra (after I went crawling under barbed wire and through a thicket haha).
Upon me arrival to the bodega, I felt so spoiled. There was homemade bread with rosemary, watermelon gazpacho, and fresh picked lettuce for a salad and of course, wine. I felt like I was in a luxury resort not someone’s home. The bodega was so charming and I really enjoyed having a relaxing and quiet night. It was a very welcomed break from staying in hostels and sleeping on buses.
Pinot Noir
While I had to be pretty flexible during this part of my journey and everything didn’t go as expected, I had a wonderful time and tried to embrace it as a part of the adventure!

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!

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