Argentina travel guide: Mendoza and the Festival of Wine
March is the best time of year for Argentine wine, and of all the grape growing regions, Mendoza is the best place to be.
The lure of delicious wines
Visitors are often lured to Mendoza for its promises of delicious wines in the lazy atmosphere of the rolling Andean foothills. This Argentina capital of wine rises to the expectations of its guests and leaving Mendoza behind to continue your journey becomes more and more difficult as you adapt to the easy-going pace of this comfy city. With a lively fun population that seems to find ways to enjoy life day and night, some of the best wines in the world produced right there in the region, and the stunning backdrop of the tallest peaks in the Andes looming in the distance, it is easy to understand why.
Mendoza is the gateway to Argentina wine country and host of the world famous Vendimia Wine Festival each March. The fertile land produces more than two-thirds of Argentinean wine, almost one billion liters a year. Whether you are a wine expert, a hobbyist or just enjoy the lovely environment of the wine industry and culture, Mendoza will not disappoint.
There are a wide range of daytime possibilities in the Mendoza Province. Bike tours are a great way to see the surrounding countryside while touring and tasting the rich wines that are produced. Looking out beyond the grape vines at the vineyards the tallest mountain in the western hemisphere will grabs your attention. Snow-capped Aconcagua stands powerfully in the distance at a remarkable height of almost 23,000 ft (6,962 m) and the trekking possibilities are enough to satisfy even the most hard-core mountaineer.
When the sun sets across the arid valley, Mendoza really comes alive with a wide array of delicious restaurant options and a hot nightlife ranging from classy to hippie. The evidence of why people don’t want to leave Mendoza is obvious. It’s the coolest city in Argentina!
Travel to Mendoza
Traveling to Mendoza is easy as the city is served by several flights and buses on a daily basis. Aerolineas flies several times daily to Mendoza andLan Chile offers flights to Santiago. From the airport you can take a short taxi or shuttle bus to the city center.
To travel there overland, buses are your best option and being a major hub, you’ll find there is access from almost anywhere in the country. There is also great public transportation to many of the sites in and around the region. If you are interested in hopping the Chilean border, Mendoza is a good jumping off point as many bus companies travel the seven hours to Santiago, Viña del Mar, and Valparaiso each day. International and domestic departures depart from the same main terminal on Av. Gobernador Videla and Av. Acceso Este.
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