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
Appreciate nature at Parque Provincial Aconcagua
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.
Parque Provincial Aconcagua, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 425-8751
Get the winery experience at Pulenta Estate Winery
What would a trip to Mendoza be without a winery tour? This family-owned winery is among the best of the lot. With gorgeous modern architecture, a knowledgeable tour, and some excellent wines (each of which is paired with a different cheese), this is a must-do.
Pulenta Estate, Ruta Provincial 86 km 6,5, Alto Agrelo, 5509 Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 361 440 0066
Explore Cañón del Atuel
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.
Cañón del Atuel, Ruta Provincial 173, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina
Enjoy a night out in the 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.
Cervecería Jerome, Arístides Villanueva 347, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 420-4091
Parapithecus Evolution Bar, Arístedes Villanueva 264, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 234-4893
Pick olives at Familia Zuccardi bodega
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.
Familia Zuccardi, Ruta Provincial 33, km 7,5, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 441-0000
Enjoy urban greenery at Parque General San Martín
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.
Parque General San Martín, 5500 Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
Go whitewater rafting in the Mendoza River
Taste the local flavor at the Mercado Central
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.
Mercado Central, Las Heras 300, Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 425-6904