I choose to stay in Mendoza for New Year's Eve. Since Mendoza is the Argentinian Malbec wine capital I had to do a bike tour to several bodegas to taste the locally produced wines. The hostel I stayed (Square Independencia) offered free wine every evening between 7 and 9! This was perfect to meet the other backpackers in the hostel backyard.
The city itself hosts some spacious plazas. I met up with the Germans Ras and Samuel at the central Plaza de Independencia. I knew them from Punta del Diablo (Uruguay) and it was good fun getting drunk on beers in a wine capital with these guys.
On New Year's Eve we had a party at another hostel. There was no shortage on meat (asado) and wine. To be honest I hardly remember how I got back to the hostel. So it was a good party for sure!
Two days later, still hungover, me and some other backpackers from the hostel walked up to the top of the Cerro de la Gloria in San Martin park. We were rewarded with a good view. However, the biggest reward was the water we could buy on the top of the hill.
Mendoza was my last stop in Argentina. From here I took a bus across the Andes to Santiago, Chile.