After arriving at the bus station we lined up with all the other travellers for a taxi. The ride into town is short and under 6 pesos.
We were staying at the Hyatt and early check-in was no problem at all. Once we showered we were ready to enjoy our first day in Mendoza. After walking around town a bit we stopped in one of several tourism offices around town and asked about going to some vineyards. We had spent several weeks last August touring Napa, Sonoma and beyond so feeling a little overdosed on vineyards had not made any reservations. They were very helpful (in Spanish, I didn't bother to speak English)and explained that I could easily visit Bodega La Rural (Rutini) by hopping on a city bus two blocks away. Armed with their map of Maipu we set off. The bus ride was pleasant (2.60 return) and the driver told me when to get off (I asked him in Spanish if he could). The vineyard was a short walk down the street and offered tours in Spanish with an English translation. We enjoyed the tour and found some differences with our California tours. Having enjoyed the tour we decided to see one more while in the area. Once back on the main street where the bus had let us off we stopped into the tourism kiosk on that corner and enquired. Once again the friendly staff told us to cross the street and hop on a different bus and for 1 peso we could ride to the Bodega Lopez and once finished he told me which bus to take back to Mendoza and where to catch it. The Bodega Lopez is right next to the bus stop and we even arrived there at the same time as some men for the US that we met at La Rural who had hired a driver for the day. At Bodega Lopez they only do an English tour if the group is at least seven people, luckily there were now seven and we got Maggi as our guide. She was great and with a terrific sense of humor and a good grasp of English...if any of you go, ask for her. This tour was different from the last and I recommend doing both. By the time we were done it was too late to see their champagne division nearby so we took the city bus back to Mendoza.