Halfway down the western edge of Argentina, Mendoza Province is renowned for its verdant rolling vineyards, luxury winery tours, and world-class vino, but this fascinating province has much more to offer than just grapes. Read on for ten of the best things to do and see in Mendoza Province.
Measuring up to nearly 7000 meters, Cerro Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the world outside of Asia. Fear not, though, enjoying this stunning national park does not require climbing the peak. Those in a hurry can get a drive-by view from Laguna los Horcones, which is a short walk from the parking lot off the highway, whilst outdoorsy types can chat with park rangers to find a suitable hike or trek.
An experienced guide from Rancho Viejo will accompany you on a scenic horseback tour with a view of vineyards, meadows, streams, and mountains. Post-adventure, kick back and rest your sore muscles with a wine tasting and a homemade asado.
Rent a car or hire a driver for the day of exploring this majestic canyon south of San Rafael. At the bottom of the canyon is the Atuel river, the longest river in the province, and the road follows the river throughout the canyon. Check out the unique geographic formations, many of which have intriguing monikers like the Lizard, the Monks, and the Enchanted City.
Head over to Calle Arístides Villanueva in the city of Mendoza for a mixed crowd of fun-loving tourists and mendocinos partying until the early hours. Start off with a locally brewed craft beer from Cervecería Jerome, before dancing the night away to the tune of Latin pop at Parapithecus.
Mendoza Province, in particular the department of Maipú, is known for its olive products, so for what feels like a winery tour with a twist, head to Familia Zuccardi for a comprehensive explanation of olive production, the opportunity to pick your own olives, an olive oil tasting, and finally an olive-based meal at the on-site restaurant, Pan y Oliva.
In the heart of the city of Mendoza, this 420-hectare gem boasts a lake, a rose garden, and some peace and quiet. Climb to the top of the park’s Cerro de la Gloria to check out a monument commemorating San Martín’s Ejército de los Andes for their liberation of Argentina— and don’t miss the view of the valley from the top of the hill.
Located in downtown Mendoza at Ave. Las Heras and Patricias Mendocinas, this bustling covered market is teeming with delicacies to delight in. Get a glimpse of how the city’s locals do their grocery shopping as you peruse the stalls of meat, seafood, fresh produce, whole grains, nuts and seeds, prepared dishes, and even international items.