Thermal baths

The Mendoza thermal baths are probably the best pools we have been to so far. While not as natural (They are pools not springs) they definitely have a charm and and sense of fun about them. The access point is a cute town reminisce of a smaller San Pedro De Atacama with plenty of restaurants, bars and tourists around. In the springs you have your choice of boiling hot or freezing cold. There is an unusually powerful water fountain down the bottom section of the pools which tends to get in the way of any complete relaxation, but it definitely forces you to find the perfect spot. Meanwhile, up top there are more than enough hassle free hot relaxation points. 

From the town and from Mendoza you can organise extra curricular activities like water rafting and rapelling down the side of a bridge.

If you’re cute little town that force you to relax then we recommend staying the night. But last bus back to Mendoza is at 7 and since the pools close at 6 (locker rooms at 6:30) this gives you more than enough time to browse some shops and have an after bath cerveza. 

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Mendoza

Mendoza is truly one of our favourite places in Argentina. Not only is it incredibly cheap (Despite everything we had been told) with hostels from $5 Aud but it also has a vibrant colourful and friendly feel to it. Of course the wineries that surround the city have something to do it with its charm and also make it a great pace to try the Malbec that it is famous for, but there is plenty to do outside of getting to the bottom of your wine glass, or during ;).

The giant parque offers great picnic, strolling or bike riding conditions with the options of taking the challenge to find your way to the top of the Cerro de La Gloria lookout point. Challenging mainly just when it comes to finding the entry point. 

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The many restaurants, cafes and bars around the city make for great meal after great meal and give you the chance to try Argentinas famous barbecues (Parrilas) and of course steak. 

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Mendoza is a must visit!

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We’ve forgotten to tell you about the death road in La Paz!

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When you travel for a while you start to feel like you don’t actually encounter any real danger. Places that could be scary (The Amazon) are safeguarded enough to make it a clean in and out operation. Death Road in La Paz Bolivia is not one of those places.

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Starting at 4,700 m and finishing 1000 metres, a change of clothes and two blisters on our palms later, the road is no joke. The scenery is incredible (If you’re brave enough to look) as you go from high winter in the andes to high summer in the amazon rainforest. Cliff walls loom directly overhead and drop fresh Andean water onto you as you ride under. Taking one hand off your bike for even a second can result in a loss of balance brought on by one of the many billion offsetting rocks on the road.

The road is still used by cars, not many & mainly the people that live in the area. If you’re driving a car here you almost have a death wish, actually riding a bike here is just as stupid but so worth it! Since 1994 the deaths have gone down from 200-300 people a year to about 2 people a year. A few of these deaths are tourist biking over the edge so be careful!!

We booked with xtreme downhill and paid 300 Bolivianos per person which was a lot cheaper then at other places. I would recommend the company & our tour guide was amazing!

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