Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza is a well-turned out city in the west of Argentina, famous for its fine wine and convenient situation next to the Andes. Mendoza’s wide, tree-lined avenues make it an extremely attractive place to spend some down-time during your travels. The city retains some interesting architecture reflecting its indigenous and colonial past, despite suffering a large earthquake in 1861.

Parque General San Martín, situated to the west of the main Plaza Independencia, is a particularly pleasant place to go for a shady afternoon stroll after visiting some of the city’s reputable museums. Perhaps most noteworthy are the restaurants, bars and cafés where you can sample the fruits of the surrounding bodegas. The range of excursions available from Mendoza should keep those interested in exercising their palette and body fully satisfied.

There are a number of world-renowned bodegas around Mendoza which are well worth visiting, even if you’re not a lover of wine. Organised tours are available but if you have the energy and want to be a little more adventurous its worth hiring a bicycle to determine your own route.

With the Andes right on the doorstep, Mendoza is a popular destination for those interested in extreme sports. Skiing and snowboarding routes are normally easily accessible from the city (the season generally runs from June-October), as well as locations for white water-rafting and climbing/mountaineering.

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