Mendoza

At the foot of the highest Andes, Mendoza is a modern city with a storied past that charms visitors with its tree-lined avenues, handsome villas, adobe houses and, of course, its famous wineries. Though rainfall is slight, irrigation has turned the countryside into a green oasis of vineyards and fruit plantations. Wine making season is March-April, and there are numerous wine cellars (bodegas) where wine tasting is a popular activity. Mendoza is also the departing point for exciting rafting excursions and expeditions to Mount Aconcagua, (22,835 ft.) highest in the Americas.

Highlights
• Wine tours: Visit small, independent wineries to learn about their history, production, and interact with owners.
• Wine Harvest Festival: One of Argentina’s largest celebrations, held annually the first Saturday in March.
• Climbing/Mountaineering: Mount Aconcagua, just an hour away, is one of the most popular treks in South America.
• Whitewater rafting excursions on the Mendoza River.

Mendoza

Mendoza

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When to go: October-March is the best season to visit with hot days reaching the lower 90s that cool off to a comfortable 70F at night. During winter, temperatures range from 30F to 55F.

Distance: Mendoza is 1049 km. from Buenos Aires, approximately 11 hours by road or 2 hours flight.

HD CITY TOUR

Touring circuit picturesque old and new city, is noted for its architectural layout, the traditional groves, the conduction system of water canals, wide, clean sidewalks. Passing in the streets, we will make contact with history and culture of a people, who with great effort was transforming the desert into a thriving oasis. Our tour begins in the foundational, historical site where in 1561 Don Pedrodel Castillo founded the city, where space is now the Museum andPlaza Foundation and the Jesuit ruins, the remains of the city before the earthquake of 1861. Following our visit we will cross the main square, which in its surroundings are home to the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Francisco, the former Mortgage Bank (now Ministryof Culture and Tourism), the Andean Trade and former Banco de Mendoza (now Contemporary Art Space), the Plaza Independenciaand Plaza Spain, the Civic Quarter to the Government House and the Enoteca. Later our tour will continue along the Calle Emilio Civit prestigious residential area that leads to General San Martín Park,370 hectares. The heart of the city. We entered through the famous gates, the horses of Marly, the Rose Garden and the lake to get to Cerro de la Gloria, where is the Monument to San Martin Military Campaign.

HD WINERIES (WINE TOURS)

These circuits are developed with vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and Maipú. We will contact the work culture in the hands of immigrants, using techniques of irrigation (irrigation channels) inherited fromthe ancient indigenous peoples, the Huarpes, could transform thedesert floor in a large oasis productive. It is the scene of the settlement of prestigious wineries, which have positioned the quality of itsproducts to Argentina in a privileged producer worldwide. Visit two wine stores with traditional methods and incorporating the latest technology accompanied by guides where wineries or wine expert, will show us making methods and processes, bottling and labeling of wine. Tasting.

HD VILLAVICENCIO

Tour pre Andean zone, passing through the old Route 7, we drive to neighboring Chile trasandino. The landscape is stunning and historic sites have to be the path you walk the army of the campaign toliberate Chile and Peru as Canota Monument. Attractions: Canota Monument and the old spa resort Villavicencio, where we will have apedestrian path in their gardens. Free time. Continue to the Mirador de los Caracoles, from where you get spectacular views of the mountainsand nature reserve. Return to Mendoza.

FD HIGH MOUNTAIN

The tour offers a variety of colors and relief. Early in the morning, along the Mendoza river, get majestic views of the mountain Cordon del Plata and the Dike Potrerillos colossal hydraulic power generation and distribution of water for irrigation. Our next visit will be Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of Aboriginal Huarpes and the southernmost point of the Inca Empire, how far the Camino del Inca from Peru. Attractions: The Vaults of Uspallata, historic adobe buildings, where the chaplain Fray Luis Beltrán, used to cast cannons and guns. Subsequent visits to the villages of Picheuta, Polvaredas, Punta de Vacas and Los Penitentes ski resort. Leisure for the use of chair lift which allows us to enjoy panoramic views. Later, find the edge of our tour, the Puente del Inca, architectural natural thermal water springs. Continuing our course and 2750 masl, the viewpoint of Cerro Aconcagua, the American colossus of 6959 meters, from where you access the Laguna Horcones and the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Following the international route we arrive at our final destination, the town Caves, European style located at 3200 meters. Between Las Cuevas and the international tunnel, is the path that allows to go up if weather conditions permit in the summer to the Christ Redeemer Monument, located at 4200 m, which symbolizes theunion between Argentina and Chile (not included in the tour).

FD ATUEL CANYON

Leaving from Mendoza City, heading south of the province, known for the way a contrasting natural productive oases such as the Valle de Uco, deserts, lakes, large sculptural walls with natural rock formations, the result of wind erosion and water, traces of the passage of time. Arrive at the Villa 25 de Mayo, to make contact with history, was on this site when in 1805 the banks of River Diamonds was founded Fort San Rafael, which was formed around the village head, who then moved to its current location. Continue until you reach the Dam and Reservoir Nihuil of 9600 hectares. Chosen by lovers of nature, fishing, hiking, relaxation and water sports. Subsequently we pass by through narrow serpentine roads, discovering wonderful natural sculptures in the embankments that form the barrel, as the hanging gardens, the chair of Rivadavia, the Wax Museum. The constant murmur of the river waters Atuel accompany our way up to the Valle Grande dam of incomparable beauty, where you have time to relax and enjoy lunch. Subsequent tour of the city of San Rafael and back to Mendoza.