The Top Things To Do and See in the Mendoza Province

Man Looking At View While Sitting On Cliff Against Mountains And Cloudy Sky in San Rafael, Argentina
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9 February 2017
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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

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Laguna de Horcones, in the background Cerro Aconcagua, Parque Provincial Aconcagua, near Uspallata, Province of Mendoza, Argentina
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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.

Get the winery experience at Pulenta Estate Winery

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Close-up photo of grape-bearing vines in a vineyard. Mendoza, Argentina
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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.

Chill out at Termas Cacheuta spa

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Termas Cacheuta spa
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This relaxing thermal spa features stone pools as well as super-modern hydrotherapy equipment, all amidst the spectacular natural beauty of the region. A daylong visit includes a full day of spa treatments as well as a delicious lunch buffet.

Go horseback riding at Rancho Viejo Cabalgatas

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Horseback riding in the mountain of Mendoza
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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.

Explore Cañón del Atuel

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Cañon del Atuel, Mendoza, Argentina
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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.

Enjoy a night out in the city

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People sitting at the main Plaza in Lujan De Cuyo, Mendoza region, Argentina, South America
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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.

Pick olives at Bodega Santa Julia

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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.

Enjoy urban greenery at Parque General San Martín

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People at Mercado Central the city central market, Mendoza, Argentina, South America
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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.

Go whitewater rafting in the Mendoza River

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People white water rafting
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Although Mendoza might be more well known for its wine region, there are also plenty of things to do, places to see and activities to participate in for those who are looking for something a bit more outdoorsy. The Mendoza river not only provides an irrigation system for the vineyards, but it is also a great place to go white water rafting. Tackle the rapids with an experienced guide on one of the many tours to the river available in the area.

Taste the local flavor at the Mercado Central

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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.

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