Do some light research and your results of what to do in Mendoza, Argentina will say, wine, wine, wine and wine. Although yes, this region is the Holy Grail of South American reds, there is much more to do here than sip on Malbecs all day. And as this list proves, a week in Mendoza can easily be filled with relaxing and riveting activities.
Relatively unknown to outsiders, the highest mountain outside of Asia sits on the Argentinian side of the border between Mendoza and the capital of Chile, Santiago. You can do day trips to the base camp and get a view of the impressive peak, or do multi day trips and treks to conquer Aconcagua in its entirety.
Paragliding over Mendoza offers a bird’s-eye view and an incredibly memorable way to see the mountains and the fields, known as the pampas. A total of about 3 hours, you get picked up and dropped off at your accommodation and what starts out as an exhilarating ride soon becomes a very peaceful float through the sky as you glide tandem with an instructor through the air, hundreds of meters above the earth.
1-Day Andes Trek
Go from the warm flat city, up to the snow capped peaks, and back all in one day. The Cordon del Plata range is located about 80 km (50 miles) from Mendoza and after heading there you embark on your 3000 meter (9,842 ft) ascent up Lomas Blancas, which offers stunning panoramic views as a reward before your descent.
Paramillos Ghost City
A tour you won’t see advertised many places in Mendoza is the unique Paramillos Ghost City tour. Everything is included on this 11 hour step back in time as you start with an ascent to 3000 meters (9,842 ft) for a stunning view of Argentina and Chile, and continue to the 17th century mine of Paramillos and a tour of the ghost town and return home via the Potrerillos Valley
5-Days Adventure Trip
With the laid back vibe of Mendoza, you want to ensure you do not get sucked into it, if you have a limited amount of time. This tour ensures that only the first day is a lazy one, as you start with mountain biking, do some trekking, rappelling, and also raft the Mendoza river, before your transportation to the airport or bus station to head out.
7-Day Argentina to Chile Horse Trek
Transform yourself into one of the South American Cowboys known as gauchos, pack your passport, and saddle up to cross the Andes, sleep under the stars, and even reach heights of 6000 meters (19,685 ft) on this all inclusive trek that ends in the capital of Chile.
One of the most popular tours in Mendoza is to go bumbling down the Mendoza River through class 3 and up to class 5 rapids. With a certified guide, and safety equipment all included, you can ensure that even the apprehensive rafter will have a memorable experience on this half day tour.
One of the best ways to enjoy nature is by zipping down it on a mountain bike and no matter your experience level, there are various routes to take, tailored to your expertise and what you are in for. Cycle through the Potrerillos Valley and around gorgeous lakes, and also pick up speed on some downhill trails for those seeking a serious adrenaline pump.
A Wine Tour
A comprehensive list about Mendoza tours would not be complete without a wine tour, however obvious. The reality is, from wine connoisseur, down to someone with zero wine knowledge, there is a tour for everyone with day trips cycling between vineyards, private lunch and wine pairing tours, and multi day travel tasting trips.