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Mendoza: Tourism, travel, estancias, hotels & tours via Buenos Aires

Mendoza is the most important city in the region of Cuyo and the capital city of Mendoza Province.  Located at the foothills and high plains on the eastern side of the Andes Mountain Range, Mendoza is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Argentina.

Mendoza is famous for its many vineyards (bodegas) with their Malbec wines and as the cradle of heroic deeds of Liberator General San Martin, the Father of Argentina. 

Mendoza also provides lodging for visitors to Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.  Adventure seekers flock to Mendoza to enjoy skiing, mountaineering, hiking, horseback riding and rafting, along with many other outdoor sporting disciplines on the many fantastic wine estates and estancias. 

Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, Mendoza is an amazing manmade oasis created with the assistance of the Mendoza and Tunuyan Rivers transformed into a huge irrigation system, which facilitate the two of the main industries of wine making and the production of olive oil. 

Mendoza enjoys moderate-temperate climate while at the same time the mountains provide a certain degree of aridity.  Summer temperatures ranges between 10 and 33º C with extremely hot days, but fresh and cool nights.  During ski season temperatures range from 3 to 16º C. 

Access to the City of Mendoza is either by air, through its international airport, Francisco Gabrielli – El Plumerillo, or by National Routes 7 and 40. 

Sightseeing tours abound showing visitors the history and culture if its people.  Its many cafes, squares and public institutions are of particular note.  Mendoza pays homage to its rich historic tradition through the preservation of countless monuments from the time of San Martin’s ordeal through Mount de la Gloria, el Pluerillo, San Martin Park and a variety of museums. 

Mendoza’s museums include the natural history museum Museo Cornelio Moyano and the Historical Regional Foundation Museum (Museo del Area Fundacional) both located on Pedro del Castillo Square.  The National Wine Museum (Museo Nacional del Vino) located only 17 km away in Maipu.  The Casa de Fader is an 1890 mansion once home to artist Fernando Fader and is located 14 km south of Mendoza. 

Mendoza hosts the National Grape Harvest Festival (Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia) every March and includes a beauty pageant.  The Wine Route is another attraction in town. Visitors may tour the many local wineries and sample their wines.  The route itself covers about 2,000 km. and traverses several provinces and wine producing regions in Argentina, the world’s 5th largest wine producer.  According to a 2006 study, over 1,000,000 tourists travel along the wine route annually.

Outdoor sports are an integral part of life and tourism in this city that serves as a starting point for outdoor enthusiasts including mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, horseback riding and hunting are but a few of the local sports. In addition, the best sportsmen in the world covet rafting on the Mendoza River with its difficult whitewater stretches. 

National Geographic listed Mendoza as one of the top 10 historic destinations in the world in 2008. 

Museums include the following locations:

(Spanish) Museo Cornelio Moyano (Natural History Museum)
(Spanish) Museo del Area Fundacional (Historical Regional Foundation Museum)
(Spanish) Asociacion Amigos del Museo Nacional del Vino (Association of Friends of the National Wine Museum)

Other resources:

(Spanish) Official Government Website  
(Spanish) Mendoza Secretary of Tourism
(English) Argentine Wine Route: A Taste of the Good Life (Article)
(English) National Geographic – 2008 Ranking of Historic Cities (Article)

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