Mendoza

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Entry to Parque General San Martín Mendoza in the capital city of Mendoza Province.

If you are a lover of wine and warm weather then Mendoza should feature prominently in your list of places to visit in Argentina.parquesanmartin Located in the Cuyo region ,at the foot of the spectacular Andes mountains  and renowned for its Malbec wines, Mendoza’s other claim to fame is that the place is intrinsically linked with the acts of valour of Liberator General San Martín, the national hero of the country. Located on the foothills of the Andes, the city is nestled between River Mendoza and River Tunuyán that brings in a neat, oasis-type feel. Mendoza is also known for its warm and moderate temperature during summer with the surrounding mountains bringing in a sense of dryness, but at wintertime expect the temperature to drop to about 3º C.

Overseas tourists visiting Mendoza Argentina can use Francisco Gabrielli – El Plumerillo International Airport or plan a road trip along National Routes 7 and 40. Buenos Aires is 1050 kilometres away while Santiago in Chile is much closer at 340 kilometres and can be easily accessed using the Los Libertadores border complex.

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Things to do in Mendoza :

– Wine tours

The Mendoza wine experience is truly unrivalled and it’s no surprise why Argentina features so prominently on the wine map of the world, thanks to this city! With the scenic Andes forming a superb backdrop, drive through the vine fields on the countryside, only stopping for a wine tasting at the local wineries. The popular Malbec originates from Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley and most wineries are located far away from each other, so plan your tour by region and hire a driver in advance.

– Outdoor activities

For the lovers of outdoors, Mendoza is really the place to be especially during wintertime. Get up, close and personal with nature with serious skiing in Las Leñas, mountain climbing, trekking, white-water rafting, mountain biking and horse riding. Sign up with a reputed tour operator as its important to have reliable mountaineering guides to help you scale the heights. Stop over at a nearby cafe for a drink before heading back for some more adrenaline-pumping exploits.

– Historical places of interest

Mendoza Argentina oozes much history and charm and this is evident in the museums, squares and public buildings. Some of the notable museums include Casa de Fader and Espacio Contemporáneo del Arte. The five plazas are a great base to explore the centre of the city with the beautiful Plaza Independencia at the heart of it all. You could also unwind at Plaza San Martin, Spain Square, Plaza Chile or Plaza Italia and admire the fountains and greenery all around.

Sarmiento pedestrian street

A leisurely stroll along the streets of the city of Mendoza is a refreshing experience in itself as you capture beautiful vistas of buildings showcasing art deco styles interspersed with 60s architecture. One cannot miss a soul satisfying meal of wood-fire grilled meat paired with a matching wine, or even an after-hours empanadas with cocktails. The green spaces, food, wine and breathtaking views of the Andes will be some of the best takeaways of your trip to Mendoza Argentina.

The city of Mendoza was founded in 1561 in the same valley where it stands today.

Its internationally-renown ski resorts such as Las Leñas and Penitentes, as well as landscapes, such as Mount Aconcagua.

You can practice outdoor activities such as: rafting, canoeing and trekking,hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, among others.

Mendoza produces top quality red and white wines. From Malbec, Cavernet Sauvignon, Merlot to Chardonnay and Savignon Blanc. Mendoza is a member as one of the wine capitals that promotes national and international wine tourism through the “Best Of” award, Wine tourism suggests tours around the main wineries in the region. 70% of Argentina’s world-famous wines are produced in the Mendoza region!

The heart of the city,is the Parque General San Martín, an artificial green area of over 500 hectares, university town and the soccer World Cup stadium are there too.

The climate in Mendoza has a temperate arid and continental. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are cool and dry. The city of wide avenues and tree-lined plazas is surrounded by bodegas that offer tours and wine-tastings.

Atractions in Mendoza:

-Parque General San Martín – San Martín Park Cerro de la Gloriacerro

It has two main attractions: The first is the impressive bronze monument dedicated to the Army of the Andes that pays homage to the crossing of the Andes by San Martin. And the the view of the city from the 940 m of the Hill.peatonal

-Sarmiento Pedestrian Street is ideal for a walk of shopping and cafés.

-Estación de los Penitentes – Los Penitentes Ski Station

-Plaza de la Independencia

-Mount Aconcagua (6962m -22841ft) , the highest peak in South América.

– The Wine Route is another attraction and  a variety of museums.

 

How to get there:

From Buenos Aires by bus it takes about 14 hours till Mendoza (Mendoza’s bus station is located about 2 kilometers from the center ) or you can visit it by plane, it has a small airport, El Plumerillo.

Population: 115,041

Main Cities: Mendoza City, San Rafael, San Martín, Godoy Cruz and Luján.

Distances in kms. from Mendoza

Buenos Aires: 1049 Kms.

Comodoro Rivadavia: 1229 Kms.

Córdoba: 610 Kms.

El Calafate: 2676 Kms.

Esquel: 1507 Kms.

Iguazú: 2019 Kms.

Jujuy: 1337 Kms.

Neuquen: 807 Kms.

Puerto Madryn: 1439 Kms.

Rawson: 1510 Kms.

Río Gallegos: 2647 Kms.

Salta:1230 Kms.

Tucumán: 991 Kms.

Ushuaia: 3225 Kms.

Viedma: 1336 Kms.