As the last destination on our 10 week Latin American backpacking adventure in 2016/2017, Darcy and I arrived in Argentina with 12 days and very little money to spare. Despite this, and the fact that we were robbed at knife-point (and my drone was stolen,) we still tried to make the most of our time. From Santiago in Chile we caught a bus across the border to Mendoza, and after 5 days we caught a bus to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
I can’t say that I’m much of a wine fanatic, but being the wine capital of Argentina (3/4 of the country’s wine is grown and made there) we had to do a wine tour. To avoid a hefty price on something that we weren’t overly keen on, we decided to do a DIY bike and wine tour through Maipu bikes, and boy are we glad we did this. The bike and wine tour was definitely a highlight of our time in Argentina. For 100pesos ($8USD) you get to hire a bike for the day, and the owner gives you a map of the area with all of the wineries, what they offer, and the price. The shop is located at the start of the wine region, so the journey is easy, and there are plenty of places to stop along the way. We managed to make a group of friends during a tour of the first winery we visited, so we visited a second with them, and then before we knew it, it was already time for happy hour. The owner of Maipu bikes offers happy hour in his home next to the shop, were after the tour you can enjoy free homemade wine, tapas, and 2-for-1 craft beers. The rest of our time in Mendoza was spent exploring the city, and unfortunately in a police station after being robbed.
Buenos Aires is a great city for budget travelers, because the BA Tourism board offers HEAPS of free tours and activities. We kicked off our stay in Buenos Aires with some free urban trekking, and we opted for the long rout: an 18km trek that takes you through some of the best suburbs in Buenos Aires. Alternatively, you can do just the Northern or Southern routes, or any of the free walking tours of each suburb, if you prefer to break it up. After the urban trekking we spent a few days catching up on work at a vegan café, before our last day when we explored the San Telmo markets (San Telmo is the oldest suburb in Buenos Aires,) and enjoyed watching some tango dancers. It was a great (and affordable) end to our trip.