Mendoza

You are about to travel to the capital of Argentina’s wineland and see the Andes Mountain Range from up close. Are you interested to know things to do in Mendoza? This is the perfect destination for sybarites, foodies and adventure seekers. Yes, Mendoza is the most eclectic destination of Argentina.

The city of Mendoza is located in the northern-central part of the Mendoza province, at the foot of the Andes Mountains. It was the historical starting point of the Andean Liberation Army and today is, not only is home to some of the finest wine routes in the world (an exclusive site for wine lovers!) but also, a top rate mountain climbing destination. Famed worldwide for its viticulture (with 70% of the 1.5 billion liters in Argentine wine production), The origin of vine in South America is quite related to spiritual work since missionaries needed wine to say mass. Wine importation was difficult so next to each chapel they built, conquerors settled a vine arbor and an orchard which would satisfy their food needs. There is no definite version of the origin of vine growing and wine making in Mendoza. In 1853, French grape varieties such as Malbec, Cabernet, Merlot, Semillón, Sauvignon and Chardonnay, among others has been planted, and towards 1880, Tiburcio Benegas grew 250 hectares of top vineyards and opened a model winery called El Trapiche. This was undoubtedly Mendoza’s wine industry take-off. Let’s discover all the Mendoza attractions!

Attractions
Attractions

Attractions

Eating & Drinking: Best Wineries in Mendoza
Eating & Drinking: Best Wineries in Mendoza

Eating & Drinking: Best Wineries in Mendoza

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Tips & Advice

What is the weather like in Mendoza?

Summers are hot and winters are cool. During summer it is recommended to drink plenty of water while you do outdoor activities.

Mendoza is located at the base of the Andes Mountains, with beautiful scenery throughout the region. Mendoza has a cold desert climate that is mild and dry. 

Warm season is from November to March, with highest temperatures in January. Average high temperature during this time is 28°C (82°F). Cold season lasts from May to August, with an average high temperature of 18°C (64°F). The cold is dry with low humidity levels.

 

How to get to Mendoza, Argentina?

Flight: There are many direct flights per day from Buenos Aires to Mendoza and the duration is 1.55 hs. Mendoza is an international airport so you can fly directly to Santiago de Chile and the duration is 50 minutes. 

Bus: There are buses from Buenos Aires to Mendoza with a premium service and the duration is 14 hours. 

Self.drive: If you like this style of travel this destination is perfect for independent road travel.

What is the best time for enjoying Mendoza wine tours?

We could easily say all the time. But, let’s get into the details.

Autumn: Between March and May, a  4-day trip is perfect for a quick, wine-themed escape. This time is perfect to enjoy Mendoza wine tours because it’s the beginning of the National Harvest Festival. You can visit many wineries, and  enjoy plenty of wine tastings.

Winter: In winter Mendoza has a cold desert climate, bright sunny days with clear skies. During the winter months of June through August, you can enjoy a quieter city, and days will still be warm with plenty of sun, bodegas (vineyards) will still be giving tours, it’s just without the actual making of the wine.

Summer: December through February are the hot summer months in the region. Though Mendoza is still dry, the sun is strong and you’ll be glad to be under the air-conditioning away from heat.

When is the harvest season?

February through May, with March being the official beginning of the harvest. Beginning in the first days of March, there is the National Grape Harvest, starting with an artistic spectacle of dance, lights and music. hundreds of performers display their art in an overwhelming show of fireworks and dance. Kicking off the season for Mendoza wine tours, this event is a must-see if you’re in the area at during the first week of March!

What to include in your luggage?

During summer it’s recommended to wear comfortable clothes, sunscreen and sunglasses. But always take clothing for lower temperatures. Even in the summer the temperature may drop at night. There are a variety of clothing options to keep warm in cold weather. During winter, it’s recommended to wear waterproof jackets, scarves, gloves and wool hats.

Security

In Mendoza, as in every big city you have to be aware of pickpocketing and bag snatching. Try to be careful with your valuables.

What to do if you get sick?

Within the city there are various options in case you need medical assistance. Usually hotels provide you with a list of hospitals, or a doctor who can visit you at your hotel.

We recommend these two hospitals:

  • Clínica de Cuyo (Privada) – Av. José Vicente Zapata 63, Mendoza. Tel: 0261 405-9000
  • Hospital Universitario – Paso de los Andes 3051, Mendoza. Tel: 0810-999-1029

How many days should I stay in Mendoza?

In Mendoza you should stay three nights so you have at least two full days to explore wineries, mountains, enjoy an adventure sport and relax in the wine foodie destination of Argentina.

Can I find ATMs in Mendoza?

There are banks and ATMs throughout downtown Mendoza. Keep in mind that ATMs often have withdrawal limits, and they may charge high withdrawal fees (in addition to any international fees your bank charges).

What is the proper tipping?

In restaurants, it’s customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Note that tips can’t be added to credit-card bills, so carry cash for this purpose. For tour guides , estimate around USD 10/15 per person, for a full day tour and half of it for the driver. In hotels, you should tip porters for handling bags:USD1.00 for every two bags, same amount is calculated for drivers if they help you with your suitcases, the housekeeping (between USD0.50 – 1.00 per night), and the concierge staff if the have helped you to arrange dinner reservations, transportation or leisure activities. In Argentina we don’t regularly tip taxi drivers.

How much money can I spend per day in Mendoza?

Around USD 50/100 per day, per person for daily expenses like eating, shopping and

transportation, depending on how much money you want to spend on these.

Exchange money and using CC

Credit cards and US dollars are widely accepted in main cities. But it will be more convenient for you to exchange pesos rather than using US dollars because the rate that shops or restaurants use might not be the most convenient for you. In Mendoza, the best rate is at the National Bank, but you can also go to exchange houses in the city.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Mendoza

Local Businesses

 

  • Otro Mundo Posible

Phone: +5492616005181

Email: gerbus@live.com.ar

Otro Mundo Posible association is made up of a group of people who work with the most vulnerable sectors of our society, favoring the creation of a culture of community life, based on fraternity, solidarity and autonomy, which mitigates the effects of poverty and injustice. They carry out various projects and workshops: they have a self-managed social center, their own whole milk bank, a cement block production space, a women’s space, decoration projects, educational projects, a parenting workshop, among others. 

How can you help? 

With donations of liquid and whole milk, non-perishable food. Clothes in good condition, shoes and school supplies. You can also add your knowledge, skills and abilities to join as a volunteer in one of our spaces and projects.

 

  • Nuestros Cimientos

Phone: +5492615545664

Email: fundacionnuestroscimientos@gmail.com

The foundation Nuestros Cimientos is a team of 32 professionals specialized in family. Family counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psycho pedagogues, nutritionist, social worker, lawyer and teachers; whose mission is to care for, guide and strengthen families. They work betting everything on families, since they firmly believe that from these they can prevent, treat and solve all social problems sooner, better and at a lower cost.

What are they doing?

Family Guidance Center: multidisciplinary team of professionals who attend individual and group consultations. Schools and workshops for parents: free service that reaches rural and marginal urban schools in the Cuyo region.

How can you help them?

With your monthly donation so that they can work harder and better.

With your time, as a volunteer for the organization of events.

 

  • Fundacion SÍ

Email: mendoza@fundacionsi.org.ar

They are an ONG whose main objective is to promote the social inclusion of the most vulnerable sectors of Argentina. 

The work is carried out by a large number of volunteers using a comprehensive approach that includes assistance, support, training, education, and work culture. They carry out projects throughout the country, including Mendoza, in which you will have the possibility to join as a volunteer or make donations.

Enter their page and you will find out how!

 

  • ANADIM

Phone: +5492615060962

Email: anadim_mza@hotmail.com

The “Mendoza Association of Children and Adolescents with Diabetes” is an organization that is dedicated to educating, containing and raising awareness among children and adolescents with diabetes and their families and surroundings. Currently they assist more than 80 families with whom they work on a daily basis, with the aim of advising and demonstrating that it is possible to live perfectly with diabetes, leading a healthy lifestyle. The association organizes gatherings regularly, share camping days and hold meetings.

How to help them?

The association has its doors open to receive volunteers who commit to carry out its activities and workshops. You can also help them by making a financial contribution, or by donating supplies necessary for the treatment of diabetes (test strips, needles, lancets, etc.)

 

Sustainability tips

 

  • Take your reusable bag with you when you go shopping.
  • Choose the consumption of local products from artisans and small producers.
  • Travel the city by bike or on foot, it is healthy and does not leave a carbon footprint.
  • When you go on an excursion, ask for food without plastic wrap.
  • Don’t leave trash in nature.
  • Take a reusable bottle with you to carry water in restaurants.
  • Don’t feed native fauna.
  • Use rechargeable batteries and batteries.