One of Latin America’s most up-and-coming destinations – a vibrant little city that gives its name to the surrounding wine region, where leafy Malbec vineyards are nestled in the imposing shadow of the Andes. The city’s trendy dining scene, premier wine-growing reputation and access to pristine wilderness and adrenaline-inducing thrills makes Mendoza a must-visit on any Argentine itinerary.
WHAT TO DO
Mendoza is approximately 600 miles from Buenos Aires, and is quickly becoming one of the most esteemed wine-producing areas in the world, making it the perfect getaway for oenophiles.
There’s more to Mendoza than wine, though. It lies in one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in South America, and the proximity to the Andes means there’s a plethora of activities including rock climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, rappelling, zip-lining, swimming and mountain biking.
WHERE TO EAT
As one might imagine, with such a bounty of delicious wine, there must also be good dining! And that there is. Mendoza has several phenomenal restaurants in the city center, not to mention many wineries offering impressive upscale menus as well.
Mendoza has a small international airport (airport code MDZ) located about 5 miles northeast of the Mendoza city center. Unfortunately, there is no way to fly nonstop from the USA to Mendoza. The best way to arrive from the United States is to fly to Santiago, Chile, or to Buenos Aires, Argentina and then continue on to El Plumerillo, although many international flights to BA arrive at Ezeiza airport (EZE) and those to/from Mendoza fly from Aeroparque Jorge Newberry (AEP), so you will have to switch airports if you want to connect immediately. There are also bus options which are much cheaper, about 7 hours from Santiago or 15 from Buenos Aires.