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Mendoza is my favourite provincial town in Argentina: pretty, green, lively, a nice climate, beautiful surroundings, and it's famous for its way of life.
The region of Mendoza has 150,000 hectares of vines, making it South American's biggest wine growing area. Its success is due to some famous grape varieties: Malbec, of course, but also Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Mendoza is also the place from which to cross into Chile. Route 7 crosses breathtaking mountainous scenery. On the way I recommend you stop at Puente del Inca (2,700 m) and at the entry to Aconcagua park. A short, easy, hour's walk will bring you closer to the highest peak in South America (6,960 m).
I enjoyed the time I spent in Mendoza, a city that benefits from a particularly mild climate all year round. Though not an outstandingly charming place, it is a pleasant enough city, with its shopping streets, bars and some good restaurants all to be found in the area around its Plaza Independencia.
Nevertheless, I found that a stay of two to three days here was enough. The only real attraction the city has to offer is the opportunity of visiting the vineyards in the local area. Wine fans will enjoy sampling the region's reds, which are mainly produced from the Malbec grape variety.
I particularly liked the trips and activities you can do from Mendoza, and I recommend taking advantage of your time here to go on a horseback trek in the local area and try your hand at being Gouchos, complete with traditional barbecue (known as an "asado") and songs around the campfire.
And finally, if you happen to be travelling to Mendoza from (or from the direction of) Chile, it would be a shame not to travel along National Route 7, which takes you through the Andes and along which you'll have magnificent scenery the entire length of the way.
I remember Mendoza as a fairly calm town, with an authentic and peaceful atmosphere. It gave me the impression of being restful and tranquil (between two 20 hour bus journeys, that is very nice).
Its a very pleasant town! In my opinion, it would please anyone during a trip to Argentina. The food is very good there - there are "asados" (Argentine barbecues) everywhere, and as the region is famous for its good wine you should have plenty of chances to do some tasting! There are numerous museums which you will like if you are interested in ancient civilisations.
Mendoza is also a lively town. There are lots of festivals, events, and markets, mostly taking place on the central square which is called Plaza de Independencia.
Its surroundings are really worth a visit! The Andes up close makes for a spectacular view. I rented a car and spent three days touring the country. It's a succession of deserts, orange coloured canyons and typical, isolated, small villages. If you wake up early, when the village is still asleep and see a herd of wild goats kicking up dust on the horizon, you really feel you are living in a dream.