Argentina

Mendoza Travel Guide

You are about to travel to the capital of Argentinas wineland and see the Andes Mountain Range from close. 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.

Attractions

Independence Plaza

It is the main square of the city. It’s located two blocks away from the other four smaller plazas, San Martín, Chile, Italia, and España.

Museum of the Foundational Area

Inaugurated in 1993, the museum is located in the exact same place where the Spanish captain Pedro Del Castillo founded Mendoza city. It’s located in the historic center of the Old City. It is an archeological museum that contains pictures that exhibit the historical evolution of the city. Also, on display are valuable objects pulled out In Situ after the devastating 1861 earthquake that destroyed the colonial city. 

Adresse: Beltran y Videla Castillo, Plaza Pedro del Castillo (no number)
Days and times: From Tuesday to Saturday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. Sunday from 3.00pm to 08.00pm. 

General San Martin Park

General San Martin Park is a beautiful, large, densely wooded area of the city. In order to reach The Hill of Glory, where the national monument to the Andean Army is located, visitors must enter through San Martín Park. There are signs pointing in its direction.

 

The Basilica of St. Francis

The Basilica has a great architectural value. It houses the treasured remains of Merceditas, (José De San Martín´s daughter) and her husband Mariano Balcarce. The Basilica was declared a National Historic Monument in 1929. It carries the image of Nuestra Señora Del Carmen de Cuyo.

Adresse: Av España 1426
Days and times: Monday to Saturday from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm / from 04.30 pm to 08.00 pm. Sunday from 09.00 am to 12.30 pm / from 07.00 pm to 09.00 pm

 

The Central Market

This market is the oldest shopping center in Mendoza. Its construction dates back to 1884. Aside from retail outlets, it has a nice food court with different culinary options and traditional fruits and meats.

Adresse: Av Las Heras 279

Luján de Cuyo - Wine Trails

Located in the western-central part of the province, this area is known as the home of the Malbec grape. However, it also produces very good Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Torrontes wines. You can visit many wineries and taste their wines while looking at the beautiful Andes Mountains in the backdrop. You can also learn about the Argentine winemaking process!  

 

Valle de Uco - Wine Trails

Considered one of the best winemaking areas in Argentina, the Valley´s high altitude (between 850 and 1200 m) combined with a particular microclimate, make for optimal grape growing. These geographic and climatic factors provide excellent grape ripening with deep colors, intense aromas, sweet tastes and amazing textures. The valley’s sparkling wines are world renowned.   

Mount Aconcagua

It is located in the Aconcagua Provincial Park (a Natural Protected Area) in the northwest of the province. This Mountain with its 6962 meters has the highest altitude of America. His majesty is undeniable. If you like trekking or mountain climbing this is the best place! It will be an unforgettable experience!

Mendoza River

Offers an amazing experience full of adrenaline with sport activities such as rafting and trekking.

Eating & Drinking

Brindillas

Guardia Vieja 2898. Vistalba, Luján de Cuyo – Tel: 54 261 4963650
Gourmet

Mendoza is full of surprises and this chic little restaurant is one of the nicest kinds. The decor is sleek and clean with no distractions. The focus here is on your meal: artfully prepared, impeccably plated and smartly delivered. A great culinary experience! The place is small so make a reservation and you will not be disappointed!

Cordilleras Vinos y Fuegos

Belgrano Avenue 1028, 5500. – Tel: 54 261 423-9704.
Grill

This is a lovely restaurant with a lively and fun restaurateur who speaks perfect English. The food is exceptional and some of the best service in Mendoza. The prices are quite affordable and the restaurant itself is beautiful.

Francis Mallmann 1884

Belgrano 1188 – Godoy Cruz. – Tel: 261 424-3336 /261 424-2698.
Grill

The restaurant is close to the center of the city, in a beautiful place, and you’ll feel good, like returning in time. The steak is always cooked to perfection, the wine menu is complete and the staff is very friendly. If you go to Mendoza, go there!

(Francis Mallmann is an Argentine celebrity chef, author, and restaurateur who specialize in Argentine, and especially Patagonian cuisine, with a focus on various Patagonian styles of barbecuing food. He has been featured on numerous international Television programs, as well as on the Netflix original series Chef’s Table.

Azafrán

Av. Sarmiento 765, Mendoza. – Tel: 0261 429-4200.
Wine Bar

This restaurant is located in the center of Mendoza. The ambiance is cool and relaxed. Food is great! Also, you can select your own bottle of wine from the wine cellar with the sommelier who recommends something based on your preferences. It is overall a great experience!

Catena Zapata

Cobos s/n, 5509 Agrelo – Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. – Tel: 0261 413-1124.
Winery / Gourmet   

Founded in 1902, Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting the Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza.

Melipal

Ruta 7 kilómetro 1056. – Tel: 0261 368-9780.
Winery / Gourmet

Only twenty minutes from the city of Mendoza, the Melipal Bodega is located in the heart of the prime grape growing area of Agrelo, in the Luján de Cuyo region.

Visitors can tour the vineyard’s different areas and do everything from taking outdoor cooking classes among the grapevines to going on guided hikes to seeing the vineyard’s diverse landscape. Things to see include Melipal’s aged vines, tall trellises, and the Nazarenas Vineyard, which features plantations of the highest quality grapes.

El Renacer

Brandsen 1863, 5507 Luján de Cuyo. – Tel: 0261 524-4416.
Winery / Gourmet

This winery, designed to produce premium wines, was built in 2004 in Perdriel, Mendoza – Argentina, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. It is a fusion of classic and modern architecture: Tuscan-inspired stone walls combined with well-defined modern straight lines provide a highly attractive and unique building. A blend of tradition with modernity.

Lagarde

San Martín 1745, Mayor Drummond, Mendoza. – Tel: 0261 498-0011.
Winery / Gourmet

With the first vine planted in 1897, Lagarde is one of the oldest wineries in the Mendoza region with Malbec vines over 100 years old. Lagarde was the first Latin American producer to plant non-traditional varieties such as Viognier and Moscato Bianco. 

Valentín Bianchi

Avenida Pte. H. Yrigoyen 4020, San Rafael. – Tel: 0260 444-9600.
Winery / Gourmet

Bianchi, for history, present and future is the most visited winery in the country with more than 100,000 tourists every year. Enjoy guided tours and their exclusive premium showroom opposite the beautiful panoramic view. They offer a wide variety of gourmet options that cater to every taste, that pairs perfectly with their selection of wines.

Tips & Advices

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.

 

How to get to Mendoza?

 

  • 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.
  • Train: There are no train services.
  • Self-drive: If you like this style of travel this destination is perfect for independent road travel.

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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 (Private)
    Av. José Vicente Zapata 63, Mendoza. Teléfono: 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 and 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, the 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 they 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 the 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

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 the family. Family counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychopedagogues, nutritionists, social workers, lawyer,s and teachers whose mission is to care for, guide and strengthen families. They work betting everything on families since they firmly believe that in this way they can prevent, treat and solve all social problems sooner, better and at a lower cost.

What are they doing? Family Guidance Center: a 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?

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 website 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 can you help?

The association has its doors open to receive volunteers who commit to carrying 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.
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