This square’s centrepiece is an elaborate fountain, exquisitely crafted from travertine marble and depicting two women: an older woman that represents Spain, and a younger woman that represents Argentina. The decorative plinth consists of seven scenes realised in painted ceramic, and is supposed to represent the foundation of the city of Mendoza, the discovery of America and Jesuit missionaries, among others.
Plaza Chile is an homage to Argentina’s closest neighbour to the west, and the Chilean flag is represented in its eclectic central fountain, which is tiled with a rendition of the red, white and blue flag, with a star in the middle. Adorned with more palm trees and hanging willows, Plaza Chile’s claim to fame is that is has an incredible 71 benches dotted around the park so visitors can relax and enjoy the Mendoza sunshine.
Parque Civico is situated right in the middle of Mendoza city, to the east of the sprawling Parque San Martin. It is a landscaped area right in front of the administrative building of Mendoza, and plays host to concerts, markets, provincial celebrations and civic events. Perfect for anyone looking to experience Mendoza as an urban centre as opposed to just a pretty wine region.
Parque O’Higgins is a linear park that runs alongside Mendoza’s Cacique Guaymallen Canal and is a new development that encourages outdoor activity. It has some outdoor gyms that people can use free of charge, as well as children’s playgrounds and play areas for dogs. The park is named after the Chilean general Bernardo O’Higgins, a famous figure in the region, which is close to the Chilean border.
One of the four parks around Plaza Independencia, Plaza Italia is a little slice of Italy in the middle of Mendoza. Complete with an imposing Romulus and Remus statue in marble, colonnades, a pretty fountain covered in blue and white tiles and plenty of pretty trees, Plaza Italia celebrates Argentina’s Italian community and the country’s forefathers.