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Mendoza Travel Guide

Discover the magnificent land of Mendoza:

The perfect combination of wines & mountains.

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What not to be missed in Mendoza City

Mendoza City is located in the northern-central part of the Mendoza province, at the foot of the Andes Mountains. It was the historical starting point of the Andean Liberation Army and today is, not only is home to some of the finest wine routes in the world (an exclusive site for wine lovers!) but also, a top rate mountain climbing destination.

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Independence Plaza

It is the main square of the city. Two blocks away from other four smaller plazas, San Martín, Chile, Italia, and España.

Museum of the Foundational Area

Inaugurated in 1993, the museum is located in the exact same place where the Spanish captain Pedro Del Castillo founded Mendoza city. It´s located in the historical center of the Old City. It is an archeological museum which contains pictures that exhibit the historical evolution of the city. Also, on display are valuable objects pulled out In Situ after the devastating 1861 earthquake that destroyed the colonial city. 

General San Martin Park – The Hill of Glory

General San Martin Park is a beautiful, large, densely wooded area of the city. In order to reach The Hill of Glory, where the national monument to the Andean Army is located, visitors must enter through San Martín Park. There are signs pointing in its direction.

The Basilica of St. Francis

The Basilica has a great architectural value. It houses the treasured remains of Merceditas, (José De San Martín´s daughter) and her husband Mariano Balcarce. The Basilica was declared a National Historic Monument in 1929. It carries the image of Nuestra Señora Del Carmen de Cuyo.

The Central Market

This market is the oldest shopping center in Mendoza. Its construction dates back to 1884. Aside from retail outlets, it has a nice food court with different culinary options and traditional fruits and meats.

The Wine Trails

Mendoza is considered the heart of the winemaking industry in Argentina. There are more of 1100 wineries which produce exceptional quality wines. Many of them are world renowned.

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Lujan de Cuyo

Located in the western-central part of the province, this area is known as the home of the Malbec grape. However, it also produces very good Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Torrontes wines. You can visit many wineries and taste their wines while looking at the beautiful Andes Mountains in the backdrop. You can also learn about the Argentine winemaking process!  

Valle de Uco

Considered one of the best winemaking areas in Argentina, the Valley´s high altitude (between 850 and 1200 m) combined with a particular microclimate, make for optimal grape growing. These geographic and climatic factors provide excellent grape ripening with deep colors, intense aromas, sweet tastes and amazing textures. The valley’s sparkling wines are world renowned.   

Some Adventurous options

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Mount Aconcagua

It is located in the Aconcagua Provincial Park (a Natural Protected Area) in the northwest of the province. This Mountain with its 6962 meters has the highest altitude of America. His majesty is undeniable. If you like trekking or mountain climbing this is the best place! It will be an unforgettable experience!

Mendoza River

Offers an amazing experience full of adrenaline with sport activities such as rafting and trekking.

 

Check out our selected restaurants in Mendoza!

Brindillas

Guardia Vieja 2898. Vistalba, Luján de Cuyo. Tel: 54 261 4963650. Mendoza is full of surprises and this chic little restaurant is one of the nicest kinds. 
The decor is sleek and clean with no distractions. The focus here is on your meal: artfully prepared, impeccably plated and smartly delivered. A great culinary experience! The place is small so make a reservation and you will not be disappointed!

Cordilleras Vinos y Fuegos

Belgrano Avenue 1028, 5500. Tel: 54 261 423-9704. Schedule: Monday – Saturday 18:30 – 23:30. This is a lovely restaurant with a lively and fun restaurateur who speaks perfect English. The food is exceptional and some of the best service in Mendoza. The prices are quite affordable and the restaurant itself is beautiful.

Francis Mallmann 1884

Belgrano 1188 – Godoy Cruz. Tel: 261 424-3336 /261 424-2698. The restaurant is close to the center of the city, in a beautiful place, and you’ll feel good, like returning in time. The steak is always cooked to perfection, the wine menu is complete and the staff is very friendly. If you go to Mendoza, go there!

(Francis Mallmann is an Argentine celebrity chef, author, and restaurateur who specialize in Argentine, and especially Patagonian cuisine, with a focus on various Patagonian styles of barbecuing food. He has been featured on numerous international Television programs, as well as on the Netflix original series Chef’s Table.)

Azafrán

Av. Sarmiento 765, Mendoza. Tel: 0261 429-4200. Schedule: Monday – Sunday 12 – 00:30. This restaurant is located in the center of Mendoza. The ambiance is cool and relaxed. Food is great! Also, you can select your own bottle of wine from the wine cellar with the sommelier who recommends something based on your preferences. It is overall a great experience!

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Catena Zapata:

Cobos s/n, 5509 Agrelo – Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. Tel: 0261 413-1124.  Founded in 1902, Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting the Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza.

 

Melipal

Ruta 7 kilómetro 1056. Tel: 0261 368-9780. Only twenty minutes from the city of Mendoza,the Melipal Bodega is located in the heart of the prime grape growing area of Agrelo, in the Luján de Cuyo region.

Visitors can tour the vineyard’s different areas and do everything from taking outdoor cooking classes among the grape vines to going on guided hikes to seeing the vineyard’s diverse landscape. Things to see include Melipal’s aged vines, tall trellises, and the Nazarenas Vineyard, which features plantations of the highest quality grapes.

 

El Renacer

Brandsen 1863, 5507 Luján de Cuyo. Tel: 0261 524-4416. This winery, designed to produce premium wines, was built in 2004 in Perdriel, Mendoza – Argentina, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. It is a fusion of classic and modern architecture: Tuscan-inspired stone walls combined with well-defined modern straight lines provide a highly attractive and unique building. A blend of tradition with modernity.

 

Lagarde

San Martín 1745, Mayor Drummond, Mendoza. Tel: 0261 498-0011. With the first vine planted in 1897, Lagarde is one of the oldest wineries in the Mendoza region with Malbec vines over 100 years old. Lagarde was the first Latin American producer to plant non-traditional varieties such as Viognier and Moscato Bianco. 

VISITING HOURS: Mon. – Fri.: 11:00am – 12:30- 15:30 hs
Sat. & Holidays: 11:00am- 12:30pm
Tel. (0 261) 1568 15961. Reservations – turismo@lagarde.com.ar/ restaurant@lagarde.com.ar

 

Valentín Bianchi

Avenida Pte. H. Yrigoyen 4020, San Rafael. Tel: 0260 444-9600. Bianchi, for history, present and future is the most visited winery in the country with more than 100,000 tourists every year. Enjoy guided tours and their exclusive premium showroom opposite the beautiful panoramic view. They offer a wide variety of gourmet options that cater to every taste, that pairs perfectly with their selection of wines.

 

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Weather

Summers are hot and winters are cool. During summer it is recommended to drink plenty of water while you do outdoor activities.

Clothing

During summer it´s recommended to wear comfortable clothes, sunscreen and sunglasses. But always take clothing for lower temperatures. Even in the summer the temperature may drop at night. There are a variety of clothing options to keep warm in cold weather. During winter, it´s recommended to wear waterproof jackets, scarves, gloves and wool hats.

Night Life

For a great night in town, walk down Aristides Villanueva Avenue, where there is bar after bar; in the summer, entire blocks are filled with people sitting outside enjoying the Mendozan night. Here are a few of our favorite pubs:

Johnny B. Good

Aristides Villanueva Av. 373. Great bar, with amazing music and nice drinks and shots.

PH Public House Bar

Av. Aristides Villanueva 282.

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Security

In Mendoza, as in every big city you have to be aware of pickpocketing and bag snatching. Try to be careful with your valuables..

 

What to do if you get sick

Within the city there are various options in case you need medical assistance. Usually hotels provide you with a list of hospitals, or a doctor who can visit you at your hotel.

We recommend these two hospitals:

Clínica de Cuyo (Privada)
Av. José Vicente Zapata 63, Mendoza. Teléfono: 0261 405-9000

Hospital Universitario
Paso de los Andes 3051, Mendoza. Tel: 0810-999-1029

 

Useful telephone numbers

You can make either short or long distance calls.

Direct International Dial-up: 00 + country code + area code + number. The international prefix for Argentina is 54 and for Mendoza 261. For example, to reach the 455-5555 in Mendoza when calling from abroad, dial: 54-261-455-5555.

Here a list of some of the excursiones you could take in Mendoza!

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Horseback Riding in the Mountains – Quebrada del Condor

Travel deep into the beautiful landscape of Argentina’s most famous wine growing region. Enjoy stunning views of the Andean Cordillera on a 2/4 hour horseback riding and relax in one of the most stunning natural settings. Know and watch the flora, fauna, geology, traditions, gastronomy and history of the region. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the ‘Puesto’, a local cattle station owned by a ‘baqueano’ (person who lives in smalls settlements in the mountains)

Duration: 10 hours approx.

Included: Private transport, technical equipment, bilingual ‘baqueano’ guide, lunch (full asado – Argentine barbecue)

 

4WD Adventure to Uspallata

Drive from Mendoza to Uspallata on a 4WD truck with an expert off-road driver, discovering the most special sites in the Andes Range. Cross lagoons and mountains admiring the geological formations and enjoy impressive views of the Mount Aconcagua from the highest site of the journey, Cruz de Paramillos, at 3200m above sea level.

Duration: 9 hours

Included: Private transport, bilingual guide, and snack. Entrance ticket to Aconcagua Park. Lunch in Uspallata with a traditional ‘asado’ with top quality wines.

 

High Andes Through Villavicencio

Enjoy a full day trip high into the Andes as you drive through the most amazing mountain landscapes.  Visit Villavicencio, home to Argentina’s most famous mineral water factory, marvel at the multi-colored hills before exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Puente Del Inca. Continue onwards and upwards to 10,000ft above sea level until reaching the base of Aconcagua Mountain, the highest mountain in the Americas, stopping for photos and a short hike before your last stop at the village of Las Cuevas. For those interested in photography or learning about the geography and history of the region, this trip is a must!

Duration: 10 hours approx.

Included: Shared transport, bilingual guide, vehicle 4×4.

Not Included: Lunch, entrance ticket to Aconcagua National Park

Note: Only available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from November to March

 

Biking through the Wineries in Chacras de Coria

Explore the area of Chacras de Coria in an original way by biking through the Wine Road of Lujan de Cuyo. Ride along beautiful country houses, luxuriant tree lined roads visiting world-class vineyards and wineries. Have a walk around their facilities learning the process Argentine winemaking and sample the various vintages whilst enjoying a splendid day amongst the vines at the feet of the Andes.

Duration: 8.30 hours approx.

Included: Private transport, bilingual guide, snack, gourmet tasting lunch, visit to 3 wineries.

Note: Only from Monday to Saturday

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Wineyards visit in Lujan de Cuyo

Featuring Argentina’s oldest vines and a unique mix of traditional bodegas and modern producers, this region is famed for bringing Argentina’s wines from the common table to the international stage. Visit different wineries learning the process Argentine winemaking and sample the various vintages whilst enjoying a splendid day amongst the vines at the feet of the Andes.

Duration: 7 hours approx.

Included: Private transport, bilingual guide, snack, gourmet tasting lunch, visit to 3 wineries.

 

Basic Information About Mendoza  Mendoza´s incredible wineries and Argentina Wines

Distance from Buenos Aires 

1050 km.

Are there banks, ATMs?

Yes! There are several in town!

Internet

Yes

Telephones

Many phone call centers

Is water drinkable?

Yes

Money

Argentina’s unit of currency is the peso, which has held steady at about nine to one against the US dollar (but this rate could change quickly). Notes come in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 pesos. One peso equals 100 centavos; coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos. The $ sign in front of a price is usually used to signify pesos, so this should be the case unless otherwise marked.

Don’t be dismayed if you receive dirty and hopelessly tattered banknotes; they will still be accepted everywhere. Some banks refuse worn or defaced US dollars, however, so make sure you arrive in Buenos Aires with pristine bills. Casa Piano (a well known Cambio) will probably change your older or written-on bills, but they will discount a 3% of the value.

Sadly, fake currency has become more common. So look for a clear watermark or running thread on the largest bills, and be especially careful when receiving change in dark nightclubs or taxis. If you are unsure about a bill, ask to change it for another one.

Banks

There are banks and ATMs throughout downtown Mendoza. Keep in mind that ATMs often have withdrawal limits, and they may charge high withdrawal fees (in addition to any international fees your bank charges).

Credit Cards

Mendoza is a major touristic city, and credit cards are generally accepted. However, it’s always a good idea to double check before you make a purchase or sit down to eat.

Traveler’s Checks

Traveler’s checks are very impractical in Argentina in general. In Mendoza it is difficult to change them and definitively impossible to change them at a good rate.

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory but it is greatly appreciated throughout South America, especially in the service industry.  If you are satisfied with the services provided by your Destination Host, tour guides and drivers, then we recommend rewarding their hard work by tipping. In general, we suggest a tip of around US$20 – 25 a day for guides and US$ 5 -10 for drivers.

When tipping Hotel & Restaurant Staff, tips are generally 10% of the total bill. If you stay a couple of days in the same hotel, a tip of $3 – 5/day for the maid service is recommended. For porters, US$2-3/time/room is appropriate.   

 

 

 

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Lonely Planet

A bustling city of wide, leafy avenues, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes, Mendoza is a trap. Even if you’ve (foolishly) only given it a day or two on your itinerary, you’re bound to end up hanging around, captivated by the laid-back pace, while surrounded by every possible comfort” Read more.

Rough Guide

“Argentina’s midwestern region, generally known as EL CUYO, is formed by the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja plus the neighbouring province of San Luís. This massive territory stretches all the way from the chocolate-brown pampas of La Payunia, on the northern borders of Patagonia, to the remote highland steppes of the Reserva Las Vicuñas, on the edge of the altiplano, more than a thousand kilometres to the north”. Read more

Fodors

Exceptional wine, top-quality cuisine, exhilarating outdoor activities, and the skyscraping Andes framing almost every view: it’s easy to see why people come here, and why many stay longer than they’d planned. The provinces of Mendoza and San Juan might just have it all. In the center of Argentina, this region is often referred to as the Cuyo; and the name—passed down from the early indigenous Huarpe people, who called it Cuyum Mapu (Land of Sand)—is a reminder that the terrain is naturally semi-arid”. Read more

Footprint

“Argentina’s west is wild and largely unvisited, despite having one of the country’s most stylish and vibrant cities at its heart. Mendoza is the centre of the biggest wine-producing region in Argentina, and with its setting at the foothills of the Andes, and fine restaurants, it’s a great base for exploring the surrounding vineyards for a few days. The secret to Argentina’s successful wine industry is the climate: hot days and cool nights, and a consistent supply of pure snowmelt from the Andes. You could happily spend a week visiting bodegas, before heading west to climb Mount Aconcagua, South America’s highest mountain. If this is too daunting, there are many other dramatic peaks to hike up in summer, or ski down in winter, with the country’s most famous ski and snowboarding resort, Las Leñas, in the south of the province”. Read more

Frommers

“710km (440 miles) NW of Buenos Aires; 721km (447 miles) SW of Córdoba

This picturesque city lies at the heart of the Cuyo, the name of the region that comprises the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan, and San Luis. It was founded in 1561 by Spanish colonialists, and retains an idyllic serenity that has carried over from centuries past.

Mendoza locals may be complaining these days about too much traffic, too much development, and too much change, as their little country pueblo starts looking more and more like a big city, but there is still much tranquilidad here. It’s still Argentina’s loveliest, most livable, city, with a unique vibe blending cosmopolitan shopping and dining with rural country life. An artificial oasis, Mendoza receives no more than 5 days of rain per year. A scarce commodity, water is celebrated in the trickling fountains of the city’s many lovely plazas, and in the shade of the dike-supported trees that line the boulevards. Give yourself time to linger in Mendoza’s cafes, plazas, and many fantastic restaurants, which bustle from noon to night” Read more

New York Times

“ARGENTINA’S financial crash in 2002 was actually a boon for the local wine industry. The devaluation of the peso meant that winemakers in this northern region of the country could deliver high-quality vintages to the export market at very low prices, even while the cost of making wine was dropping. Real estate prices also fell, and investors rushed in to snap up prime wine acreage at a fraction of the cost in other regions. Ten years later the result is a vibrant wine scene with a great array of bottles for different budgets and palates, cutting-edge eco-sustainable cantinas and a new generation of innovative winemakers. The city of Mendoza itself makes a good base for a visit, with new hotels, restaurants and bars in the historic center, and a mix of architecture that showcases Art Deco alongside ’60s modern (the vintage pickup trucks are also a throwback to another era). Just a short drive away are vineyards, adventure sports and resorts under the shadow of the Andes with wine lists that feature the best of the region” Read more.

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General Information

Why is called Mendoza?

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Economy

Famed worldwide for its viticulture (with 70% of the 1.5 billion liters in Argentine wine production), the Mendoza economy (Argentina’s fifth largest) is, however, quite diversified.

Agriculture, to be sure (though 7% of the total economy), has long accounted for much of Menodoza’s foreign exchange earnings (followed closely by tourism, mainly from Chile). Besides wine, other important crops (mainly for the Argentine market) are apples, pears, tomatoes, onions, plums, olives, cherries, peaches and quince. Apiculture, with 30,000 beehives, is another growing activity favoured by Mendoza’s dry weather.

Elevation

746 m

Population

115.041

Some History about Mendoza & Wine

The origin of vine in South America is quite related to spiritual work since missionaries needed wine to say mass.

Wine importation was difficult so next to each chapel they built, conquerors settled a vine arbor and an orchard which would satisfy their food needs. Fine vine arbors also helped to fight hot weather in the lonely chapels. Not only were grapes useful to make wine but they were also eaten fresh and they were considered a nutritious meal.

There is no definite version of the origin of vine growing and wine making in Mendoza. According to some researchers, it started ten years before the foundation process (1561), and the pioneer in it was Francisco de Villagra, from Santiago Chile.

Others believe the first bud came from Santiago del Estero, as vineyards in that region date from 1553. If this is right, the activity would go back to 1556 when Priest Juan Cedron-together with Juan Jofre, who would later become Governor of Cuyo- planted the first vines.

What most researchers agree on is that wine making was originally linked to Catholic ceremonies, and was not a business activity. That is why; the first wine makers belonged to religious orders.

Many years later, Sarmiento asked Governor Pedro Pascual Segura to hire French agricultural engineer Michel Aimé Pouget, who settled in Mendoza in 1853 and planted French grape varieties such as Malbec, Cabernet, Merlot, Semillón, Sauvignon and Chardonnay, among others.

Towards 1880, Tiburcio Benegas grew 250 hectares of top vineyards and opened a model winery called El Trapiche. This was undoubtedly Mendoza’s wine industry take-off.

In 1885, the train to Buenos Aires unlashed a production fever in Mendoza. Some wineries managed to get their own train station. This, which added to the fact that Mendoza’s cereal and livestock industries couldn’t compete with those of Pampa Humeda, resulted in the development of wine making at an industrial scale. This process was greatly aided by the European immigration that contributed qualified work force, technical improvement and a local consumer’s market.

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Here is a selection of interesting, useful, fun and informative articles that we love reading and sharing with you.

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