Things to do in Mendoza

Things to do in  Mendoza

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Your packing list for Mendoza should contain the following: hiking boots, swim suit, sunscreen, fishing rod, winter coat, dinner attire, bottle opener, empty stomach, open mind. And that’s just for your carry-on.

Top 15 attractions in Mendoza

Aconcagua Provincial Park

Watched over by the mighty peak of Aconcagua Mountain—among the highest peaks in the world outside of the Himalayas at 22,837 feet (6,961 meters)—Aconcagua Provincial Park is a dream for hikers, with remote valleys, glacial lagoons, and towering peaks, all with sweeping views of the Andes Mountains.More


Potrerillos is a town with an artificial lake outside of Menzoa that is a destination for rafting, kayaking, hiking, and fly-fishing. Visitors can also opt to go horseback riding or do some mountain biking. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and cypress forests, Potrerillos is a particularly scenic location for an outdoor adventure.More

Trapiche Winery (Bodega Trapiche)

With a history dating back to 1883, Trapiche Winery(Bodega Trapiche) is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the Mendoza wine region. Along with its award-winning malbecs—exported to more than 40 countries around the world—the winery produces a wide variety of wines including sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, syrah, and chardonnay.More


Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, the humble mountain town of Uspallata had its 15 minutes of fame back in 1997—the area’s similarity to the Himalaya saw it used as the filming location for Seven Years in Tibet. Lying along the road to the Chilean border, the oasis town also makes a strategic spot from which to explore the Andes.More

Bodegas Salentein

With over 12,400 acres (5,000 hectares of vineyards reaching altitudes of up to 5,500 feet (1676 meters; Bodegas Salentein is one of Mendoza’s largest wine estates. At the heart of the Uco Valley, the modern Bodega is known for its pioneering wine-growing methods and a range of fine Argentinian wines that are exported around the globe.More

Puente del Inca (Inca Bridge)

This natural stone bridge, once used by local Inca communities to cross the Río de las Cuevas in Mendoza, stands above the ruins of an old hot springs spa. It was formed by glacial melt, with sediments from the ice creating bright orange and yellow hues that make it a photogenic pit stop on the way to Aconcagua Park.More

Uco Valley

Argentina’s answer to Napa Valley, Mendoza ranks as the largest winemaking region in Latin America, with more than 800 wineries. Some of the best wines come from Uco Valley, an area with 250 annual days of sun, little rain, and a cool microclimate that's known for malbec, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and tempranillo grape varieties.More

Achaval-Ferrer Winery

The Achaval-Ferrer Winery traces its history back only to 1998, shortly after the beginning of the Malbec boom in Mendoza. The winery is Argentine and Italian owned, and the winemakers all have decades of experience extending back to far before this project began.The boutique winery has four different vineyards on which grapes are grown, representing four different terriors with flood irrigation that decreases the chances of phyloxera. In some cases, there are cherry or olive trees lining the vineyards. Grapes are harvested by hand, and in the early morning hours. In case of hail damage (which happens occasionally), damaged grapes are removed from the plants to keep bitterness at bay in the final product. These practices, as well as several others (such as low density of plants), keeps production low, but quality high.The Bella Vista Estate in Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo is on the south bank of the Mendoza River, and this is where Achaval Ferer receives visitors for tastings and winery tours.More

Bodega Chandon

In 1959, the French Champagne house Moet & Chandon established its first overseas subsidiary, Bodega Chandon. Learn how it pioneered the production of sparkling wines in Argentina by combining traditional French savoir-faire with the diversity of Argentine high altitude terroirs on a visit and tasting.More

Cacheuta Thermal Spa (Termas Cacheuta)

On the banks of the Mendoza River and surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Andes Mountains, the Cacheuta Thermal Spa (Termas Cacheuta) offers a picturesque setting for a spa retreat. Fed by natural hot springs, the spa features various thermal baths and hydrotherapy pools, along with mud baths, saunas, and spa treatments.More

Andeluna Cellars

The name Andeluna comes from a combination of the words Andes, in the foothills of which these grapes are grown, and luna (moon), which the winemakers say impart magic and inspiration to their winemaking. Andeluna harvests Argentine grapes from vineyards originally planted 125 years ago by early Italian immigrants. These are brought to a 48,000 square foot winemaking facility for the de-stemming, crush and fermentation. Andeluna was started in 2003 under the tutelage of one Argentine and one American investor, H. Ward Lay, of the Lays potato chip fortune.The winery is located in Tupungato, Argentina, near Mendoza, and here they grow Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, all at altitude, in this case at up to 4300 feet above sea level. The winery features classic architecture with views of the Andes Mountains, over some of the area’s prime grape vines. There is a bar, tasting room, reserve tastings in the wine cellar where they also store 1,200 barrels of wine, and a kitchen and dining room for gourmet lunches.More

Domaine Bousquet

This winery that grows organic grapes is easily accessible from Mendoza, in the Uco Valley, with the closest town being diminutive Tupungato. Domaine Bosquet dates to the 1990s when the Bosquet family, with a long history of winemaking in their native southern France, came to Mendoza. They eventually bought land in 1998 at the current location, where they grow grapes at approximately 1,200 meters in altitude, which makes it one of the highest altitude wineries in Mendoza and in the world. Much of the harvest is done by hand, and Domain Bousquet prides itself on combining French and Argentine traditions.The winery has a capacity of 2.5 million liters, divided among Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, a sweet Malbec and a sparkling wine. The grapes are certified organic, and the Domaine Bosquet has been certified as fair trade as well. They offer four different types of tastings, including one that is all Malbec, and another that gives samples from the various lines, such as Reserve or Grand Reserve.More

General San Martin Park (Parque General San Martin)

Discover an expansive landscaped park in Mendoza during a visit to General San Martin Park. Created in the 1890s following English and French landscaping traditions, this park is home to ornamental fountains, classical statues, a lake, and a rose garden lined with walkways. Go for a stroll along the winding pathways and see dozens of sculptures along the way.More

Finca Decero

The area of Mendoza is well-known for wine, with production here having started as early as the 1500s. But it was not until the 1990s that Mendoza became world-renowned for its production, mainly of reds. The vineyard Finca Decero is a newcomer to the game, built with foreign (Swiss-American) funds, to plant and construct a sustainable, hand-made vineyard “from scratch,” (as the name de cero means). Decero makes mostly single vineyard wines, inspired by one of the founding family’s connection with Napa Valley in California.Remolinos Vineyard, one of Decero’s most famous, is located in the highest reaches of Agrelo, in Mendoza, at 3500 feet. With the area’s warm days and cool nights, and small, naturally occurring circular gusts of wind provide perfect conditions for their wines, specifically Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, though they also make blends with Petit Verdot and other varieties, much of it by hand, and all of it aged in fine-grained French oak barrels. Decero’s first wines came out in 2004, and their wines are consistently high-scoring in competitions and magazines.More

Plaza Independencia

Plaza Independencia is one of Mendoza's most popular squares, meeting places, and central hubs. It also happens to be the perfect place to relax, have something to eat, and spend a couple of hours people-watching, listening to live music, or browsing through craft stalls. Locals gather here to soak up the sun, go skateboarding, or watch live street theater performances.More

Top activities in Mendoza

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All about Mendoza

When to visit

Mendoza’s year-round sunshine makes it a four-season destination, but most people visit from October through April when the wine season is in full swing and wineries open their doors for tours and tastings. The grape harvest kicks off in February, and the first week of March is devoted to the National Harvest Festival (Vendimia), the city’s biggest event with parades, parties, and a fireworks finale. Prefer ski slopes to vineyards? Mendoza’s ski season runs July through September.

Getting around

Walking among the attractions is easy in Mendoza’s compact center, while taxis are an affordable option for short hops. You’ll need transport to explore the surrounding wine region, and the most scenic way to explore is by renting a bike and cycling through the vineyards. Alternatively, tour buses and group tours will whisk you on a wine-tasting tour of the Maipu Valley or Luján de Cuyo regions, eliminating the need for a designated driver.

Traveler tips

Vineyards and bodegas (as wineries are called here) aren’t the only fruits of the city’s harvest—Mendoza is also the epicenter of Argentina’s lesser-known olive oil industry. Head to Familia Zuccardi in the Maipu Valley, where you can tour the olive groves, sample the unique Arauco olives, and pick up a bottle or two to take home. Olive oil tastings are also on offer at the family-run Olivicola Maguay, along with a range of olive oil cosmetics.

Local Currency
Argentine Peso (ARS)
Time Zone
ART (UTC -3)
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People Also Ask

What is Mendoza known for?

Mendoza is one of Argentina’s most visited cities and lies at the heart of the country’s largest wine-producing region. Mendoza is world-famous for its Malbec wines, and visitors come to cycle around the vineyards, enjoy wine tasting tours, or go hiking in the Andes Mountains.

What three things can you do in Mendoza?

The most popular thing to do in Mendoza is take a wine tasting tour, hopping between vineyards and wineries. After sampling the region’s world-famous malbecs, you can also visit the renowned Cacheuta thermal spa or hike to the summit of Mount Aconcagua, Argentina’s highest mountain.

How many days do you need in Mendoza?

A minimum of two or three days in Mendoza gives you time to explore the city and surrounding vineyards. Plan a full-day wine tasting tour, a day hiking or horseback riding in the Andes Mountains, and then spend the rest of your time sightseeing and relaxing at the Cacheuta thermal spa.

What are the most popular activities in Mendoza?

Wine-tasting tours are the most popular activity in Mendoza, and the most scenic way to explore the vineyards is by bike. Other fun activities include hiking around Mount Aconcagua, whitewater rafting along the Mendoza River, horseback riding in the Andes, or paragliding from Cerro Arco.

What should I not miss in Mendoza?

Few visit Mendoza without tasting its famous malbec wines—a wine tasting tour should be top of your to-do list. Don’t miss a bike ride through the vineyards, the views from Mount Aconcagua, Argentina’s highest mountain, and a visit to the Cacheuta thermal spa.

Is it safe in Mendoza?

Yes. Mendoza is generally a safe city for both locals and travelers. However, as in all cities, caution is still advised—keep an eye on your belongings, watch out for pickpockets in crowded areas, and stick to busy, well-lit areas at night.

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