Mendoza, Latin American wine paradise

Argentine wines have acquired great international prestige. Well, almost three quarters of these wines are produced in the Mendoza region. And all this in the shadow of the highest heights of the Andean mountain range. Mendoza, in addition to being the capital of wine in Argentina, is also the capital of mountaineering, because from there the expeditions leave to ascend to the peak of Aconcagua.

The city of Mendoza, in the Central Andes area, is a good year-round destination, since during the hot months here the good weather is guaranteed. Meanwhile, in winter there are different ski resorts nearby to practice snow sports. Maybe that's why the streets of Mendoza are always lively and cafes and restaurants abound and, of course, the bars where you can taste the famous Mendoza wines.

Mendoza wine cellars

But, in addition to tasting Mendoza wines in the establishments of the city, It is advisable to take a tour of the surrounding wineries. There are guided tours, but they can also be done by free or in a remis (the cheapest taxi).

Vineyards in Mendoza- javarman

On the other hand, almost all Mendoza wineries offer circuits and even free tastings of their products. However, the goal is to end up buying their wines. And the truth is that it never hurts to buy one of its exquisite Malbec red wines, the most famous in the area, although other wines made from Cabernet, Chardonnay or Syrah grapes also have an international reputation.

«A good wine is like a good movie: it lasts for a moment and leaves a taste of glory in your mouth; It is new in every sip and, as with movies, it is born and reborn in every taster. ”

-Federico Fellini-

The monumental heritage of Mendoza

Independence Square - Anibal Trejo

Again in the city, there are several points that deserve the attention of all those who visit Mendoza. Of course, an almost obligatory place to understand the city and its surroundings is the Foundational Museum, which is where the history of this city is explained.

And the second major heritage element is the Convent and Basilica of San Francisco. However, it is not so much because of its architectural value but because the image of the venerated Virgin of Cuyo, the patron saint of the Army of the San Martín Andes, which resisted a devastating earthquake that Mendoza suffered in 1968 is saved inside.

Mendoza's parks

As a result of this great earthquake, the architectural heritage of this Argentine city is not very spectacular, since the oldest suffered its destructive effects, and today we see a fairly modern city.

But that has brought as an advantage that The city has some of the most spectacular parks in the country, something that, on the other hand, is much appreciated in summer, when they are excellent shelters for ambient heat.

San Martin Park - Anibal Trejo

One of these parks is that of General San Martín, in honor of the military who led the Argentine army to free the country from the Spanish. A very dear character in the city, and to whom a historical museum is also dedicated.

Another interesting wide green area is Bernardo O'Higgins Park, where you can visit its aquarium or Anaconda center, where large reptiles are shown.

However, the great natural charm of Mendoza, more than in its parks, is in its avenues, where the plantations of immense trees stand out, especially sycamore, which provide some of the most typical prints of Mendoza.

Mendoza and the nearby Andes

We have already said that Mendoza is the base city to undertake the ascension to the highest mountain in America, the Aconcagua peak, with 6,961 meters above sea level. This summit is a benchmark for mountaineers around the world, since it is the highest peak on the planet outside the Himalayas. For that reason, the arrival of mountaineers that land at the international airport of Mendoza is constant here.

Aconcagua - Luiz Rocha

However, the Aconcagua hill, always visible from the streets of Mendoza, is only the most famous place, since In its surroundings there is also the Cordón del Plata, with heights ranging between 5,000 and 6,000 meters. For that reason, the traveler who arrives in Mendoza has a sportsman profile, and especially fond of nature, adventure and outdoor sports.

The offer in this regard is varied. From the climbing areas near the city in Salto, to the ski slopes, and even the practice of trekking through the Andes, bike routes, mule or river descents raftings through the waters of the Mendoza River.

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