Situated at the foot of the Andes, the Argentine city of Mendoza defies its desert surroundings with lush gardens, tree-lined streets and open plazas that encourage a thriving café culture. Visitors come to tour the wineries, known locally as bodegas, but Mendoza has far more to offer.
Five main plazas provide much of the city’s cultural pulse. These plazas were built after the devastating earthquake of 1861 killed over a third of Mendoza’s population. The open areas are refuges for people to gather if another earthquake occurs. Looking at a map of the city, you’ll see that the plazas are laid out like the five pattern on playing dice. The central Independence Square, with its attractive trees and fine colonial architecture, is a great place to begin. Stop in one of the many cafés and bars lining the plaza or visit the nearby attractions, the Municipal Museum of Modern Art or the Basilica de San Francisco. Don’t miss fascinating mosaics and murals in the Plaza España, considered by many to be the most attractive of Mendoza’s squares.
This part of Argentina has more than 300 days of sun annually and the lack of humidity makes Mendoza a great place to visit year-round. The pleasant climate supports production of exceptional wines. Mendoza is one of the most highly renowned wine regions in the world. Tour the vineyards and sample malbecs and cabernets. Pair these rich red wines with hearty Argentine beef, another specialty for the region. You can buy meat at the lively Mercado Central, the fresh produce market where locals come to shop.
Fly into Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport, just north of the city, and take a taxi into Mendoza. The town center is easily walkable, though trolleys and buses operate regular services. If you’re feeling adventurous, drive out of town to enjoy whitewater rafting or many other adventure sports.
Come back in the evening to see Mendoza at its best, with the bars and restaurants full and the plazas bathed in soft, romantic light.
Wineries, Cafes and Tours
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.
Walk or cycle around this expansive park to see the glistening lake, pay your respects at the war memorials and enjoy a great view of the city.
Taste award-winning wines and tip your glass to the Catena family at one of the world’s leading wineries, famous for its high altitude and Malbec vintages.
Find a quiet place to enjoy a siesta in this peaceful park, complete with a playground and a monument to the city’s Italian heritage.
Unwind in one of Mendoza’s most beautiful public squares, given to Argentina by the Spanish government.
Modern facilities complement centuries-old vineyards at this Argentine winery, renowned for its Malbecs and crisp sparkling whites.
Cruise through hills blanketed with the green ridges of verdant grape vines as you dive into Argentina's Mendoza region, famed for its incredible vineyards. Stop off at 2 cellars for engaging tastings, chat with winemakers and sommeliers, and visit a church dedicated to the patron saint of Mendoza vineyards.
In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Termas de Cacheuta. Upon your arrival, you'll be given a bathrobe while enjoying some natural beverages. Then, spend the day relaxing at the different facilities that the thermal complex has to offer.
Lujan de Cuyo, considered the “Cradle of Malbec”,boasts beautiful landscapes of luxuriant tree lines and wide old vineyards along which we plunge into the Wine Road . Lead by insider guides, we will visit three world-class vineyards and wineries.
Discover Mendoza, a spectacular and peaceful city at the foot of the Andes. This tour combines the city's historical and modern highlights with one of the most important urban green areas in Argentina, General San Martín Park.
Head out from Mendoza's hustle and bustle and spend a day in the mountains. Over the course of this guided full-day tour, see the pre-Andes, interesting small villages, stunning rivers, sprawling mountain peaks, and natural hot springs.
Enjoy a full day horseback riding in Mendoza. Activity starts with pick up from your hotel in Mendoza to transfer tou to the area of Potrerillos.