Known around the world for its wine, Mendoza is a jewel of Argentina. Technically considered a desert region, the extensive irrigation system around the city keeps the grapes growing and the wine flowing. Located just east of the Andes, and the highest mountain outside the Himalayas, there are also chances for adventure. From wandering around magnificent fountains in plazas to tastes that will excite the senses—this is Mendoza.
The city of Mendoza sits along the Andes Mountains in western Argentina. Settled by modern explorers in 1561, the wine growing expertise of the area started not long after. The first vines, planted by the priests of the Jesuit order, were started using Incan and other indigenous agricultural methods. Today, Mendoza has grown into a beautiful city of plazas and fountains. One where stylish cafes line avenues.
The wines in Mendoza are varied, but Malbec is the preferred libation. Others include Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Pairing these wines with a delicious meal is a breeze, especially since Argentina is also world-renowned for its beef. Empanadas, a pastry filled with meat and veggies, and prime cut steaks are among the delectable ways to enjoy the local gastronomy. March and April are grape harvesting season, making these months a perfect time to visit the vineyards all around the city.
Adding to the pleasant sights, smells, and tastes of Mendoza are the outdoor activities for the traveler looking for adventure. The backdrop of these are the snow-capped Andes and vineyards stretching for acres. Though not truly an adventure, but definitely a fun time, is the wine-bike tour. A calm cruise through the countryside on a bike, with stops to drink wine… a sunny day never sounded so good. Skiing and snowboarding at a ski resort at the Los Penitentes peak, trout fishing in water fresh from mountaintops, trekking through those very same mountains, or rock-climbing for the true adrenaline junkie—all options for the many types of traveler.
Mendoza is an experience that the traveler will not soon forget. From some of the best beef in the world cooked to perfection, to wine served up with mind-blowing scenery as a backdrop, to natural fun in the sun… this destination is worth more than a few days visit outside of the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. Which is why Aerolineas Argentinas, Argentina’s largest airline, has daily flights to and from Mendoza. In operation since 1949, Aerolineas has the experience and know-how to deliver travelers to this laid-back destination.
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