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Where Argentina rears up into the foothills of the Andes, lively Mendoza is at the heart of the self-styled ‘land of sunshine and wine’. Spread across the valley of the river of the same name, Mendoza is a pleasant city with wide tree-lined streets, plazas and avenues.

The vast majority of visitors here have come with one thing in mind; the grape, and its world-renowned wines.

Exploring the region

If you have time, this region has other, often overlooked, attractions. Heading west, you can take a panoramic ‘Alta Montana’ route into the Andes to view Mount Aconcagua, the highest point in the Americas, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, who stands at 4,000 metres as a symbol of friendship between Argentina and Chile.

A road also climbs over the top of the Andes to Santiago, one breathtaking way of travelling between the two countries.

Local produce

Mendoza, ArgentinaBack to wine, and the Mendoza province, while not having exclusive rights to Argentina’s output, does lay claim to at least 70% of it, thanks to its ideal climate and the snowmelt from the Andes.

The sight of the rows of lush green vines against a backdrop of snow-dusted peaks makes this an extremely picturesque outing, before you’ve even begun to sample the wares!

There are a large number of bodegas welcoming tourists with guided tours, tastings and lunches, and wine buffs can make day trips out from Mendoza city into the main areas of Maipu, Tupungato and Lujan de Cuyo or, better still, stay overnight at a winery and explore from there.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Mendoza

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Mendoza, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Mendoza

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Mendoza, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Mendoza at its best.

    • Driving Argentina’s wild northwest: Salta to Mendoza on Ruta 40
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      Driving Argentina’s wild northwest: Salta to Mendoza on Ruta 40

      Driving Argentina’s wild northwest: Salta to Mendoza on Ruta 40

      Between Salta and Mendoza in northwest Argentina lies a yawning, unforgiving landscape dominated by Andean ranges, desert and badlands. Few visitors set foot there. Audley specialist Melissa explains why it makes for a classic Argentinian road trip on Ruta 40.

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    Accommodation choices for Mendoza

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Mendoza. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Mendoza

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Mendoza, and which use the best local guides.

    • Alta Montaña Excursion
      Mendoza, Argentina

      Alta Montaña Excursion

      Alta Montaña Excursion

      A full day excursion travelling across the mountain range-circuit called "Alta Montaña", next to the Mendoza River.

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