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Mendoza

Mendoza (Argentina)

Practical information on Mendoza

  • Park and garden
  • Vineyards
  • Festivals
3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
2 hours by plane or 16 hours by bus from Buenos Aires
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Expériences inoubliables à vivre Mendoza

Reviews of Mendoza

Fanny Dumond Seasoned Traveller
64 written opinions

Mendoza is at the foot of the Andes, only a few hours from the frontier with Chile and is world famous for the quality of its vineyards.

My suggestion:
Every year at the beginning of March Mendoza is famous for its Vendimia, or, the grape harvest festival. A really authentic festival which you shouldn't miss if you are travelling in Argentina during this period.
My review

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). 

michael mamane Seasoned Traveller
76 written opinions

Argentina's fourth most populous city, Mendoza lies quite close to the Andes, along the border with Chile, and is a pleasant place at which to spend some time when visiting Argentina.

My suggestion:
Be sure to visit the vineyards in the area around Mendoza: the vast majority of Argentina's best wines are produced here.
My review

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.

Virginie Bigeni Seasoned Traveller
49 written opinions

At the foot of the Andes, Mendoza is a village in the centre west of Argentina, not far from the Chilean frontier, and 1,000 km from Buenos Aires. It is the capital of Grand Mendoza region and famous for it high quality wine.

My suggestion:
The town is very cultural and the atmosphere is very pleasant. You can easily stay there for a few days. The countryside around Mendoza is superb: rent a car and go explore the territory!
My review

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. 

Tours and travel ideas Mendoza

Multi-destination tour
  • Highlights
Honeymoon adventure in Argentina 
Length 15 days Approx. $4,030
Multi-destination tour
  • Highlights
Carmenere, Malbec and Tannat
Length 13 days Approx. $2,330
Multi-destination tour
  • Off the beaten track
South American wines trail
Length 10 days Approx. $1,820
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