Cheap Hotels in Million $$ Locations: Lago Traf úl (Patagonia)

Lago Traful, Patagonia/Eddy Ancinas

Lago Traf úl, Patagonia/Eddy Ancinas

Lago Traf úl is one of the forty + lakes that sparkle like sapphires in the lake region of northern Patagonia, but this lake is special.

One small village (Villa Traf úl pop. 500), a dirt road around one side and nothing else but blue, blue water. Stay here a week or a year and fish, hike, explore and gaze at the stars.

Eat with the locals at Nancu Lahuen. Sleep in a campground or the Marinas Puerto Traf úl.

You can arrive by car or bus from Bariloche on the 7 Lakes route via Villa Angostura, or on RP65 from Confluencia.

Cheap Hotels in Million $$ Locations: Tronadí³r, Patagonia

Mt. Tronador (Thunder Mountain) 11,453 ft. Patagonia/Eddy Ancinas

Mt. Tronador (Thunder Mountain) 11,453 ft. Patagonia/Eddy Ancinas

Hotel Tronadí³r, situated on the western shore of Lago Mascardi, is the base lodge or excursions to Mt Tronadí³r, which straddles the border with Chile at 11,453 ft.—the highest mountain in Argentina’s Lake Region.


Hotel Tronador/Eddy Ancinas

Hotel Tronadí³r/Eddy Ancinas

Easy hikes to nearby waterfalls, mountain biking, horseback riding adn more serious hikes up to the glaciers can keep an active outdoor enthusiast entertained for a week.

With 30 rooms and 7 apartments, all means and 50% discounts for children 1-8.

This is a good family destination.

Closed all May. No credit cards.

Lunch or Dinner at Urban ~ O. Fournier Winery ~ Uco Valley

Pairing Wine and Mountains in the Uco Valley

O. Fournier Winery-Uco Valley/Eddy Ancinas

O. Fournier Winery-Uco Valley/Eddy Ancinas

After a scenic drive from Mendoza to the Uco Valley, a tour in this ultra-modern winery takes you from grape to glass-several glasses, actually-,

Argentine Beef & Watercress/EddyAncinas

Argentine Beef & Watercress

each paired with seven small ,

Grapefruit Avocado Salad/EddyAncinas

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

but significant servings while you gaze across the pond and the vineyards to the Andean foothills.

Nadia Ortega, wife of the owner is the award-winning chef.

Terruí±o – Lunch or Dinner at Club Tapí­z – Mendoza

Terruí±o (Terroir) ~ where the walls are painted with Malbec

Restaurant Terruno ~ Club Topaz - Mendoza<br />Photo: E. Ancinas

Restaurant Terruno ~ Club Topiz – Mendoza/E. Ancinas

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Lunch at Ruca Malen

An Intimate and Innovative Restaurant on Pan AM Highway

Lunch at Ruca Winery/E. Ancinas

Lunch at Ruca Winery/E. Ancinas

Tastings and private lunches are held on the top floor overlooking vineyards and the Pan American Highway that crosses the Andes to Chile.

Wild mushroom ragout with carmelized onions is a snack to swoon for, and Malbec & chocolate were made to marry.

Nearby wineries: Septima, Decero, Dominio del Plata (Susana Balbo), Terrazas

Lunch at the Vineyard ~ Zuccardi Winery ~ Mendoza

La Casa del Visitante ~

Casa del Visitante Bodega Zuccardi ~ Mendoza / E.Ancinas

Casa del Visitante Bodega Zuccardi ~ Mendoza / E.Ancinas

The restaurant in the vineyard adjacent to the Familia Zuccardi Winery serves grilled veggies from the garden and empanadas from a clay oven.

Clay Oven/Eddy Ancinas

Clay Oven/Eddy Ancinas

In Feb and March, guests are invited to join the harvest, followed by a wine-tasting lunch.

Open M-S 10-4

Lunch in the Vineyard ~ Norton Winery

LA VID at Norton Winery

La Vid ~ Norton Winery ~ Mendoza/EddyAncinas

La Vid ~ Norton Winery ~ Mendoza | Photo: Eddy Ancinas

Six appetizers, six main courses and six desserts are paired with six of Norton’s many varietals and blends in a cool, contemporary atmosphere.

Homemade bread with cheeses and cold cuts are enough for a light lunch. There’s even a children’s menu!

Open Mon-Sat  10-6

Nearby wineries


Septima Decero

Vistalba Wine Bar at Carlos Pulenta’s Winery

Vistalba Wine Bar (open January 2015) and Bodega in Mendoza, Argentina’s Wine Country


La Posada (Inn) at Carlos Pulenta Winery/Eddy Ancinas

La Posada (Inn) at Carlos Pulenta Winery/Eddy Ancinas

After a tour of the Bodega, sip and savor Carlos Pulenta’s fine wines paired with ingredients from their organic garden. Small plates, cheese plates, trout, mushroom soufflí©, salads, sandwiches, and of course—Empanadas Mendocinos! Fresh fruits and chocolate for dessert.                             Open Tues-Sat, 9-6

30 minutes south of Mendoza


Nearby wineries:


El Lagar Carmelo Patti


Nieto y Senetiner

Tupungato Divino-A Small Hotel in Argentina’s Uco Valley

There’s a small hotel….

Tupungato Divino Hotel in Mendoza, Argentina | Photo: Eddy Ancinas

Tupungato Divino Hotel in Mendoza, Argentina | Photo: Eddy Ancinas


High on a slope overlooking the Uco Valley, this may be the closest thing to sleeping in the middle of a vineyard-with all the comfort and conveniences that the owner/architect can provide.

Don’t miss: the under-water view of the wine cellar.

After you’ve toured the nearby bodegas (Atamisque, Andeluna, Altus, Salentein), enjoy lunch under the thatch roof by the pool, or in the cozy wine-bar/restaurant. Fresh ingredients from the garden complement an imaginative array of appetizers-mini-brochettes, quesadillas-main course changes daily, dessert might be fresh srawberries on a cookie, creme brulee or lemon mousse.

There are only two rooms–

-so after a siesta and a stroll in the vineyards, you’ll find bread, cold cuts and cheeses delivered on a tray to your room–and a fire in the fireplace.

Nearest town: Tupungato (10 minutes) 1 hr south of Mendoza

Closed Tuesdays

Nearby Wineries

Cheap Hotels in Million $$ Locations: Lago Guitierrez, Patagonia

Hostaria El Retorno, Lago Guitierrez/Eddy Ancinas

Hostaria El Retorno, Lago Guitierrez/Eddy Ancinas

Just 20 minutes west of Bariloche, the Hostaria El Retorno looks across the lawn and through the wood to lovely Lago Gutierrez, where kayaks are available, and mountain bikes can take you around the lake or UP UP to the ski area at Catedral. A better option is DOWN from the parking lot through forests of coiyhue trees right to the beach. This is also the back road from the ski area in winter.

Arelauken golf resort is not far. and Cassis restaurant is one of the finest in the area.

Closed May.