Our third day started at the Hostal Luján de Cuyo B&B, where we were kindly welcomed by the owner. He set up the charging station for us, checking beforehand that everything was working as expected. While our ID4 was being loaded, he invited us to share a few cups of good coffee that took us to an amazing underground wine cellar built and decorated by his father, a place full of historical objects used in the construction of the old trans-Andean railway. They also offer entertaining wine tastings for travellers.
Once we finished loading, we set off on our journey along the famous Ruta 40, which crosses the ENTIRE COUNTRY. Passing through the capital of the province, Mendoza, we came across a meeting of fans of the classic Fiat 600, who dedicate their free time to the restoration and conservation of these small but beautiful cars.
Next to the road we find a large area dedicated to buggy racing, where they exhibit and test these powerful machines adapted for the most demanding competitions.
Further on we found a very common scene in Argentina: Sunday barbecue by the roadside. This was a couple who every weekend go to different places in the province to have lunch in a natural environment under the shade of a tree, typical of the Argentinean family. This time it was two retired police officers with a large family of 6 children and already 10 grandchildren, who were relaxing in this way to have lunch next to their truck.
After this, we continue north through the beautiful Argentinean pampa until we reach San José de Jachar, a picturesque village that welcomes us with empty streets and a warm wind. We settle in at the Hualta Picum hotel, where Emanuel, the receptionist, welcomes us kindly and willingly, installs the Enel X charger, and while it is charging, we go out to eat a typical milanesa dinner in a restaurant around the central square, where at this time close to dusk, people begin to leave because the temperature becomes more pleasant. Here we are well looked after and we calmly walk back to the hotel to rest and recharge our batteries for the next day.