Some people visit Argentina to learn how to tango in Buenos Aires, some prefer to hit the slopes in Bariloche, while others come to admire the infinite salt flats in Northern Argentina. But, if you speak to anyone who has visited Mendoza, they will insist that the destination claims the top spot on your “places to visit” wish list while in Argentina.
1. What is Mendoza famous for?
The province of Mendoza is known as one of the top wine-producing regions in the entire world, and it conveniently sits just 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) west of Buenos Aires, making it an easily accessible getaway from the country’s capital city.
But what many people forget is that Mendoza has so much more to offer than its selection of Malbecs.
2. What can I do in Mendoza if I don’t drink wine?
There are world-class restaurants, luxurious spas, and a plethora of outdoor activities for adventurers of every age, such as hiking, horseback riding, and more. You can read about Mendoza in our dedicated Travel Guide if you are interested in learning more.
3. Pack or not to pack?
As with any vacation, there is a lot of preparation that goes into planning a trip. We know deciding what to pack for Argentina is already a stressful situation because of its many kinds of weather. So, lucky for you, this blog post will point you in the right direction and help you decide what to pack specifically for Mendoza.
Follow along as we share our expert tips to ensure you’re prepared for your visit no matter the time of year.
4. What’s the Weather Like in Mendoza
We frequently receive this question from our clients and friends alike. The typical weather in the region completely depends on the season. In the summer, the humidity is intense and temperatures usually reach above 80ºF (27ºC).
Rain isn’t exceptionally common, but it is more frequent during the summer. Autumn and Spring tend to be a perfect balance between warm sunny days, and crisp evenings. In the winter, you can expect daytime temperatures to drop to 46ºF (8ºC) and below-freezing conditions at night.
5. What to Pack for Mendoza
While our suggestions obviously depend on when you plan to visit, we also want to remind you that your suitcase should reflect the type of activities you’ll be doing while in Mendoza.
If you plan on exploring the area by foot and taking advantage of their hiking trails, make sure to bring:
- Athletic gear
- Comfortable pair of hiking boots or trekking shoes
- Long sleeve thermal shirt
- Sunglasses with UV Filter
- Water bottle
- Sunblock with + 30 UV Filter
- Depending on what time of the year, a bathing suit should work if planning to visit thermal spas or do rafting on the Rio Mendoza.
It’s also a great idea to bring some fancier outfits in case you plan on visiting Mendoza’s famed vineyards and wineries or exploring the city’s vibrant nightlife scene. Other than that, plan to be casual most of the time (this also applies to deciding on what to pack for Argentina in general) and make the most of your trip!
6. Final Suggestions to Keep in Mind
Make sure to have the essentials (t-shirts, shorts, jeans, socks, and underwear), and tailor those according to your preferred itinerary and the timing of the trip.
If you’re staying at a hotel or resort with a pool, bring along your bathing suit. We would also recommend a bag or backpack to carry essentials when you’re exploring – whether walking around town or through the trails. A light jacket or sweater can also come in handy year-round, especially if you’re prone to getting chilly at night. And last but not least, don’t forget to pack your sunglasses and sunscreen – nothing ruins a relaxing vacation like an unbearable sunburn.
So, what to pack for Argentina can include a wide range of clothing but Mendoza is a little bit easier: keep it casual, and comfy but mix between athletic clothes for some adventure and fancier outfits to zip some of the best wines in the globe.
Take a peek at one of our favorites the 3-Day Mendoza Wine Tour and let us know what your ideal Mendoza getaway would look like!