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Adventure sports in the snowcapped Andes, lazy days in the Maipú Valley, a growing gastronomic scene, artistically rich culture, and of course, fine wine, all make Mendoza possibly one of the top travel destinations in South America. Situated in the western Cuyo region, just 1,000 kilometers (621 mi) west of Buenos Aires and some 340 kilometers (211 mi) east Santiago de Chile, Mendoza is surrounded by picture-perfect mountains, lush green valleys, and miles of thick forest. The city was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire and earthquakes in 1861, so there aren’t many historical sites—though the city's wide boulevards are great for strolling.

Mendoza is perhaps best known for its wines–specifically, its regional vino, Malbec–and visits to the wineries (or bodegas, as they are called in these parts) that craft them.While the more serious “enophiles” can dedicate a week or more to bodega hopping, lesser wine drinkers should at least try to set aside a day or two to get out among the vines. Not only are the wine and olive oil samplings palate pleasers, but the historic buildings and exquisite vineyards are photograph worthy as well.

Mendoza is also home to several universities, which attract a healthy artistic culture. Museums, such as the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, located underneath the main Plaza Independencia, hosts monthly exhibits from the country’s top painters. Dance, music and live performances all serve important roles in Mendocino life as well. On weekends, parks, including Plaza Independencia, Plaza San Martin, Plaza España, Plaza Pellegrini and Parque San Martin, host everything from musicians and artisanal markets to the occasional dance troupes. Cleaner and safer than most parks in North America or Europe, Mendocino parks are popular gathering places for families and adolescent lovers.

Craving more of an outdoor adventure? Don’t fear, Mendoza is situated on the eastern Andean piedmont and provides endless opportunities for mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking and whitewater rafting. Mendoza is also famous for its close proximity to Cerro Aconcagua, the highest peak in all of South America at 6,962 meters (22,842 ft). Nicknamed the "Roof of the Americas," only experienced mountaineers attempt the summit. But hiking to base camp and the surrounding area is a popular—and unforgettable—option. Because of the diverse geographic area, the Diamante, Atuel and Upper Ro Mendoza rivers also provide some of the best whitewater rafting in the country.

Neighborhoods in Mendoza: Around Mendoza ,

Other places nearby Mendoza: Valle De Iglesia, Chilecito, San Juan, Luján De Cuyo, Los Penitentes, Barreal, Potrerillos, Puente Del Inca, Calingasta and Malargüe .

26 Apr 2010

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Around Mendoza

When you start to feel weary of partying and people watching along the grand avenues of Mendoza, head out to the countryside for a taste of Argentinean outdoor adventure. Situated at the base of the ...
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Things to do in Mendoza

Puente del Inca

112852The Puente del Inca (The Bridge of the Inca) is the most interesting and important Incan ruins in the province of Mendoza. Set off the highway en route to Chile, arrange an excursion in Mendoza. ...
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Plaza Pellegrini

139237The tiny Plaza Pellegrini (L.N. Alem and Primitiva de le Reta) doesn’t immediately appear to offer anything special when compared to the more popular plazas in downtown Mendoza; however, a unique ...
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Tupungato & Parque Provincial Tupungato

Located south of Lujan de Cuyo, Tupungato houses fine wineries throughout the Uco valley, which they share with San Carlos and Tunuyan. The most famous wineries are likely O’Fournier and Salentein, ...
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Whitewater Rafting Around Mendoza

Never-ending class II and III rapids make rafting on the Río Mendoza an exciting if not extreme activity. Paddlers won’t have to paddle too hard, as no flat water exists on this high-mountain ...
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Made famous by the brand of bottled water found throughout Argentina, Villavicencio was declared a Natural Protected Area in 2001. Although the government recently approved a proposal to renovate the ...
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Embalse El Carrizal

During the hot Mendoza summers, El Carrizal becomes a common lakeside getaway for local residents. The large reservoir, formed by the El Carrizal hydroelectric dam, is found only 60 kilometers (37 ...
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Hiking And Mountain Climbing Around Mendoza

Cerro Aconcagua (6962 m / 22841 ft), located within Parque Provincial Aconcagua, is the world’s highest non-Himalayan peak and dominates the Mendoza hiking and climbing scene for this reason. All ...
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Museo De Ciencias Naturales Y AntropolĂłgicas

139240Located on the southern shore of Parque San Martín’s lake, the Museo de Ciencias Naturales y Antropológicas Juan Cornelio Moyano is home to more than 80,000 artifacts. Tours are self-guided but ...
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JardĂ­n ZoolĂłgico

139239Located beside Cerro de la Gloria in Parque San Martin, Mendoza’s Jardin Zoológico is home to more than 40 species of animals from around the globe. Despite the obvious discomfort shown by the ...
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Cerro De La Gloria

139238Grab a rental bike or lace up some comfortable walking shoes and head to the summit of Cerro de la Gloria. A footpath leaves the zoo entrance and leads toward the summit, but the best views over ...
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Parque General San MartĂ­n

The massive swath of green on the western edge of Mendoza is said to be the largest city park in Argentina. The ornate iron and gilt gate at Avenida Libertador marks the main entrance and from there ...
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