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Mendoza Sights and Landmarks Guide, Argentina

An Oasis for Tourists

Situated at the base of the Andes, Mendoza is a popular tourist destination due to its awe-inspiring scenery, famous vineyards, fun festivals and various outdoor sports to choose from.  The world’s second largest mountain, Cerro Aconcagua, is nearby, and summit expeditions are routinely organized from Mendoza.

Regardless of the season, there is plenty to do and see.  Argentina is world-renowned for its Mendoza wine, and several bodegas (wineries) offer tours.  During March and April, harvesting takes place, and many festivities are held in and around the city to celebrate.

In summer, (January is the hottest month), relief from the desert heat can be found in the cool nearby mountain range.  Hiking, trekking and climbing opportunities abound.  If you are adventurous, try white-water rafting and kayaking on the rapids of the Rio Mendoza or paragliding from 2997 feet at Cerro Arco. 

After the first heavy snow (typically late April), skiing is available on several peaks.

Throughout the year, you may enjoy horseback riding, wildlife watching and fishing in and around Mendoza.  There are many plazas in the center of the city which feature historical points of interest.  You may find it useful to utilize the tourist kiosk at Garibaldi y San Martin to get information on specific aspects of the city, as English is spoken there. 

Although Mendoza has its own small airport, most visitors choose to fly into either Buenos Aires or Santiago de Chile and ride a bus into Mendoza from there. 

Keep in mind that businesses close for siesta (afternoon nap) from approximately 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.  Do yourself a favor and join them. 

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