Presentation of the destination
Mendoza, capital of the province of the same name, is a great city located at the foot of the highest peaks of the Andes. Perched 750 meters above sea level, the climate is mild, dry in winter (May to September) and humid in summer (from January to March), since it is protected. Of the wind by the Andean relief and that the showers are rare. Mendoza plays an important role for Argentina since it is the fourth largest city in terms of population and is the heart of the wine region. Argentina. In addition, its geographical position gives it privileged links with Chile since it is located only about 180 kilometers from Santiago, capital of Chile. This city can be described as a real oasis because the city is planted with trees, botanical gardens and green spaces and covered with paths and irrigation channels which makes it a pleasant place to live. and to visit although it is located in a somewhat inhospitable part of the country.
Points of interests / things to see
With more than 1000 vineyards nearby, Mendoza is the most important wine center in Latin America. Every year it prepares itself in the wine cellars called the bodegas, about ten million hectoliters of wine, which represents more than 75% of the national production. In 1987, the city was named, by the International Organization of Vine and Wine, the "International Capital of Wine" and the nophiles of all countries come to taste the famous Malbec. It is the heart of the Argentinean wine region, where you can walk the wine route, stroll through the vineyards at the foot of the Andes Cordillera, or enjoy a wine tasting. best Argentinean wines. Do not forget to visit the bodegas to find the best products bought directly from producers. The most renowned and oldest wine region of Mendoza is called MaipÃº and is famous all over the world for its wineries, old vineyards and breathtaking views of the mountain range. Andes. It enjoys an average annual temperature of 15Â ° C and an altitude of between 650 and 1060 meters above sea level. the sea. Here you will find the most authentic and famous wineries coexisting with the properties from the investments of the past ten years. The oldest of them like the bodega Weinert or the Superiora date from the end of the XIXth century! His lands are the most sought after and most auspicious of Argentina to cultivate every variety that America offers. Placed between 650 and 1050 meters above sea level, the departments of MaipÃº, GuaymallÃ © n, las Heras, Godoy Cruz and LujÃ¡n de Cuyo houses the best bays for the wines that are developed there. Malbec, meanwhile, is grown at higher altitudes in properties such as Vistalba, Las Compuertas or Perdriel which are much colder. The Cavas Don Arturo bodega, family passionate for generations and settled in the Lunluta Valley in Maipu, where the rich land and the fresh water descending from the mountains contribute to the production of a wonderful wine can be an excellent choice if you want to take a guided tour of a bodega followed by a tasting to the delight of your taste buds. Continue on to the famous Lopez bodega. This company, founded 113 years ago, is still owned by the same family. You will then see how a family can maintain its traditional approach to wine production while using the advanced technologies available today. You will be able to taste and make the acquisition of a large selection of great classics to bring back to your family and your friends. Do not forget to visit the amazing museum retracing the history of the vineyards of the region in order to shine in society later!
Another regional product: olive oil is one of the specialties of the city since the olive cultivation is very developed in the region. If you are interested in this aspect of the city, you can visit the olive oil factory Passrai, a producer of olive oil entirely dedicated to the production of olive oil. extra virgin olive, grape, dried vegetables and fruits. Like many of his colleagues, Passrai started out as a simple craft factory focused on local production. Today, the olive oil factory has diversified its activities and also produces cosmetics; soaps, moisturizing creams and washing creams for the face. You will then discover all the secrets for the development and production of these products narrated directly by the producers themselves. The visit ends with a tasting of olive oils accompanied by bread, olives and dried vegetables. You will understand that gastronomy plays a fundamental role in Mendoza where you can taste international dishes in the hotels as typical and traditional dishes accompanied by the best wines of the country and olives and fruits of the region in the small restaurants that dot the city! The specialties are, as one would expect from an Argentine city, mainly meat dishes. You will taste the tender meats of goat, lamb and veal, all accompanied by the unmissable Malbec wine of Mendoza, cousin of our national Cahors.
But the cultural and artistic activity is also intense in Mendoza and when you come back to the city and admire its architecture, you will find a wealth of theaters, museums and galleries. art. The city center, very wooded and tempered by a network of irrigation channels called "acequias", is organized around Plaza Independencia and Sarmiento pedestrian street. . If you want to relax, the local bars are waiting for you to dance until the late hours. Meeting point Aristides Villanueva street, center of the night life of the city. You will also be able to stop in one of the small parks or "plazas" that dot the city to relax or have a picnic while visiting the city. The most important are Plaza EspaÃ ± a, Plaza Independencia and Plaza Fundacional. If you want to see the panorama and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, you will go to the top of the hill Cerro de la Gloria to bring back beautiful pictures. > As far as museums are concerned, you will probably be tempted by the Casa de los Civit, or Museo del Pasado Cuyano, which will be called La Maison Civit, Museum of the Past Regional, which was built by the city's governor, Francisco Civit in 1873, during the reconstruction of the city after the earthquake of 1861. He lived there until his death in 1908. Here you will find, in three patios with Italianate architecture, period objects such as weapons, medals, coins and a collection of paintings and arches. geologic. Part of the museum is dedicated to the Independence and General San Martin and you can see there his curved sword. Finally, in the courtyard, you can admire the guns dating from the time of the independence of the country. In another register, you will also be able to go to Centro Cultural Espacio Contemporaneo de Arte. This contemporary art museum of the city houses exhibitions of contemporary art at regional, national and international levels. It also houses archives, a library and a publishing house and you can participate in workshops and meetings with the artists. The CECA also has a photography center that exposes and teaches courses for knowledgeable Spanish speakers. The city is also the organizer of many festivals which, following the period in which you will visit the city, will be able to entertain you and to enjoy you! The most famous of them, the National Harvest Festival is held every year in March in Mendoza since 1936. This holiday is an opportunity for the inhabitants of the region of The link that binds them to their land and the emotion they feel when it came time to harvest the fruits. La CÃ © lÃ © It is also a religious aspect because it is for the inhabitants the opportunity to thank the Virgin of the Carrodilla, patron saint of the vineyard by giving her a high mass and walking a statue with her effigy in the streets of the city. You will be able to taste freshly squeezed new wine while attending a real sound and light show that involves more than a thousand people and includes choreography and fireworks. final artifice. On this occasion, the city has the habit of eradicating the queen of the grape harvest which will become the time of a year the ambassador of Mendoza and its culture.
To relax, you can visit the park of General San Martin, National Heritance of Independence, which was held in 1850 in Boulogne sur Mer. more than 500 hectares were imagined by the French architect Carlos Thays to pay tribute to the great man. This place with its rigorous tracery, great botanical variety and many statues and fountains will seduce you with its solemn atmosphere. It is here that every year the harvest festival takes place. If you are drawn to the "nature" side of this amazing city, however, you can explore the city's surroundings for activities as varied as Climbing, hiking or horseback riding or rafting and canoeing. For the more athletic, do not forget to visit the national parks that surround the city to make unforgettable hikes! The Aconcagua National Park, named after the highest Andean summit, will welcome you from November 15th to March 15th. Here you can make an approximately one-hour tour that will take you walk near the lagoon of Horcones, the lagoon of the mirror and which ends with a climb to the mirador to take your most beautiful panoramas. In a landscape of mountains of titanic proportions, you can admire the mountain lakes, deep valleys and let your eyes get lost in the immense horizon of the Argentine territory. You will be amazed at the diversity of the fauna and flora that live in this environment, which is particularly peculiar to sometimes harsh conditions. You will come across rare and sometimes endemic species such as the Andean toad, the hummingbird of the Andes - a giant version of the bird of the same name - or the very famous bre condor. Whether you are a lover of wine or high mountains, interested in Argentinean gastronomy or its particular folklore, Mendoza should delight you by offering you a grandiose alternative to the foot of the largest South American massif. You should not be indifferent to its regional charm!
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How to get there ?
To get to Mendoza, nothing more simple, you just need to take the air routes, or take the roads to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the country by a bus. Indeed, Mendoza is fortunate to have its own international airport, called Francisco Gabrielli, El Plumerillo which is connected all year to two very big cities of Latin America: Buenos Aires and Santiago. So to reach the airport of Mendoza, you will have to go through these two airports which are respectively at two hours and one hour of flight. At the airport, you can take a trolley to reach the center of the city, which is located at a dozen kilometers. You can also take a taxi, but it will cost you a bit more. The trip by trolley bus is more comfortable than the buses set up by the city, however they are slower. Be aware that these buses come from Canada, and have previously served the Canadian bus company, Translink. You can also take a bus to reach the city of Mendoza. Many buses from all over the country serve the city, however the trips are quite long, between 14 and 17 hours if you come from the north of the country. If you are traveling in winter, pay attention to snowfall announcements at the pass to cross the Andes, trips may be delayed or canceled.
Hotels in Mendoza (Mendoza Province)