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Independence Square
Vacation Travel Guide

Visit Mendoza’s cultural heart to see museums and basilicas or simply sit in the shade with an ice cream and watch the entertainment in the plaza.

Bask in the sunshine in Independence Square, which is surrounded by a mix of palms, poplars, pines and flower beds. Relax in the shade of the leafy trees and admire the large central fountain. Watch lively street shows that take place in the square on weekends and buy souvenirs from local craftspeople.

Independence Square is the biggest and most important square in Mendoza city. It was founded in 1861 to mark the center of the new city after Mendoza had been destroyed by an earthquake. Four smaller public squares are located diagonally from each of the four corners of Independence Square, like the five pattern in a game of dice.

The square is a great place to start your visit to Mendoza, as many of the city’s major attractions are located here. Take a tour of the Municipal Museum of Modern Art to see some of the country’s best artworks or pay to light a candle at the Cuyo Shrine in the Basilica de San Francisco.

People-watching is another popular activity. Marvel at the musicians, magicians and comedians that entertain the crowds on weekends or simply sit on a bench beneath the shade of a tree and watch the locals going about their business. Visit on the weekend to attend one of the craft markets and haggle with local vendors for pottery, jewelry and specialty foods.

Take a stroll through Independence Square in the evening to see the plaza illuminated by ornamental lamps. Look for the large coat of arms of the city that is made out of lights. Stop for a typical Argentine meal of beef and wine at one of the many cafés or enjoy a drink in a local bar.

Independence Square is located in the center of Mendoza, convenient to cultural and shopping attractions. This lovely and lively green space should be part of any visitor’s itinerary.

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Park Hyatt Mendoza
Park Hyatt Mendoza
4.5 out of 5
Chile 1124, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $116 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

Located in Historic Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Independecia and Plaza Italia. Regency Casino and Independence Square are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)

"The front desk staff and bell men were excellent as always. The concierge always do an amazing job of coordinating tours to the wine country as well as making reservations at local restaurants. This was our 4th stay and we will be back again any time we are in Mendoza."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

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Amérian Executive Mendoza Hotel
Amérian Executive Mendoza Hotel
4 out of 5
San Lorenzo 660, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $79 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Regency Casino and Plaza Italia. Pasado Cuyano Museum and Independence Square are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (548 reviews)
Shortened Stay

"Had a lovely Suite overlooking Plaza Italia. Due to stay 5 nights but heard rumours that Chile was about to close the border with Argentina because of coronavirus (our return flight to UK was from Chile). So hot foot back to Chile after 2 nights. Sure enough theborder was closed"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

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NH Mendoza Cordillera
NH Mendoza Cordillera
4 out of 5
Avda.España, 1324, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $58 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Martin Square and Plaza Italia. Basilica de San Francisco and Espacio Contemporáneo ...

3.8/5Good! (351 reviews)

"I like how clean and friendly the hotel was. I didn’t like that the USB ports near our beds didn’t work (only in the bathroom) during our stay. The staff was super friendly but I wish there were more food options for breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

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Park Hyatt Mendoza
Park Hyatt Mendoza
4.5 out of 5
Chile 1124, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $116 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
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Amérian Executive Mendoza Hotel
Amérian Executive Mendoza Hotel
4 out of 5
San Lorenzo 660, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $79 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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NH Mendoza Cordillera
NH Mendoza Cordillera
4 out of 5
Avda.España, 1324, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $58 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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Raices Aconcagua Mendoza
Raices Aconcagua Mendoza
4 out of 5
San Lorenzo 545, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $63 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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El Portal Suites
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3.5 out of 5
Necochea 661, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $64 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Mora International Hostel
Mora International Hostel
1.5 out of 5
San Juan 955, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $10 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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Diplomatic Hotel
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4.5 out of 5
Belgrano 1041, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $87 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Abril Hotel Boutique
Abril Hotel Boutique
2.5 out of 5
Patricias Mendocinas 866, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $38 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Palace Hotel Mendoza
Palace Hotel Mendoza
3 out of 5
Av. Las Heras 70, Mendoza, Mendoza
The price is $32 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
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