One of the most vibrant and lively cities in Argentina is Mendoza. Located at the base of the Andes in western Argentina and just a stone’s throw from the nearby Chilean border, Mendoza is blessed with year-round sunshine, a wonderful cafe culture as well as a fine selection of Argentine and international gourmet restaurants. Here’s a list of the top things to do in Mendoza.
1. Experience the renowned wineries with a little twist
As the biggest wine producing region in Latin America, the best way to discover the local wineries is on one of Say Hueque’s Mendoza wine tours. Mendoza’s traditional and modern wineries provide visitors a glimpse into the fascinating viniculture and of course, each winery provides curious (and thirsty) visitors with generous tastings of Argentina’s sublime Malbec, Cabernet Savignon and sparkling wines.
For a real treat, visit Mendoza’s most exclusive boutique winery, Finca Aldagisa, for understated luxury, gourmet meals and special access to their wine cellar. Other favorites include the historic Rutini winery, whose wine museum transports visitors back to the 1800s, and the Norton winery, a favorite of Argentines and international travelers alike.
2. Participate in the harvest festival of Mendoza – Vendimia
Celebrated between the end of February and the beginning of March, the harvest festival of Mendoza, known as Vendimia is the most famous event in the wine capital. Enjoy the “Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia” with musical performances and fireworks. Be part of this event! It’s one of the best things to do in Mendoza.
3. Hike the Cerro Aconcagua
Hikers from around the world come to tour Mendoza’s towering neighbor, Aconcagua, the western hemisphere’s tallest mountain (6962 meters) and also to enjoy day hikes and multi-night treks in the Andes.
4. Be adventurous
Go horse riding with the gauchos and enjoy a traditional asado / barbeque, white water raft or tour Mendoza and nearby Maipu by bike. Of course, Mendoza’s main claim to fame is its delicious wine.
5. Visit the Puente del Inca
Among the many things to do in Mendoza, you can visit Puente del Inca that overlooks the Cuevas River at a height of 2730 meters above sea level.
6. Mendoza is also known for its olive groves
You’ll be able to sample some tasty olives and olive oil, which will go well with salads and bread. Many vineyards feature olive groves as well. Familia Zuccardi even lets you pick your own olives to make your own bottle of olive oil! An authentic experience amidst the things to do in Mendoza.
For more information about things to do in Mendoza, wine tours in Mendoza, Mendoza hotels and Mendoza travel options, contact Say Hueque!