Why should I go there?
Tupungato is a breathtaking city located east of the Andes mountains and 40 minutes south of Mendoza. It is known for it's stunning vistas (views), intimate estancias (ranches) and family-owned bodegas (wineries). To make your trip especially memorable, hire a guide to show you what the area has to offer: dining in a quaint backyard restaurant, tour of the local fish farms, zip-lining over cannons. And at the end of the day when back at the ranch, enjoy sipping on a glass of local wine while panning up at the most stunning sky of stars. And if you're lucky, do so with a handsome gaucho (cowboy) by your side. De nada.
How do I get there?
Nearest Airport: Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ)
Transportation: You can arrange transportation through the ranch or rent a car. If the driver stops for gas, he will ask you to get out of the car. Don't freak out like I did. You are not being robbed or kidnapped, the gas there is just extremely flammable. #safetyfirst
Where should I stay?
Estancia La Alejandra What I love about this place is that they can arrange everything if you want them to, from transportation to meals to activities. They also added in some things I didn't even ask for. The hotel is private and rooms are comfortable. It's unlike anywhere else I've even been.
What should I do ?
Horseback ride along the Andes with your own private gaucho. He will teach your to herd the wild horses and lasso the babies (and in my experience, it involved yelling profanities but don't worry the horses don't speak English). Zip-line upside down over cannons. Hike the Andes. Learn to cook the local dishes. Taste the wine. Then taste some more. Other activities and where to book.
What should I eat?
Forget about Whole Foods. The ranch has a private chef who prepares meals using fresh produce and meat from the land. There are also a few neighboring boutique restaurants that provide intimate settings and seasonally crafted cuisine.
Zorzal Wines. Meet the winemakers, stomp some grapes and taste through some Malbecs. Tours are private and by appointment only. As long as you have eyes and taste buds, you should be able to enjoy it, but knowing a little Spanish also helps.