Mendoza travel guide

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You're Going to Love Mendoza

Situated at the heart of Argentina's wine country, Mendoza is a prosperous, vibrant city which pairs Art Deco architecture and leafy streets with excellent nightlife and a host of outdoor activities to enjoy in the nearby mountains. It's a real vintage destination.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Mendoza

1. Wine

Above all else, Mendoza is famous for its wines (it produces two thirds of the Argentine crop), with rich Malbec's to the fore. Hop between vineyards or stick to city center wineries, and pick your favorite.

2. Great Art Museums

Mendoza is achingly cosmopolitan, with a superb Municipal Museum of Art, the Museo Casa de Fader and regular international exhibitions at the Espacio Contemporáneo del Arte.

3. Fine Food and Lively Nightlife

Wood-fired grills serve up locally reared meat at restaurants like Azafran, while the bars on Avenida Villanueva Aristides keep buzzing until dawn.

4. Wonderful Architecture and Parks

Mendoza is also just a pleasure to explore. See beautifully landscaped parks like the Parque San Martin, skip between elegant squares with burbling fountains and marvel at attractions like the Basílica de San Francisco.

5. Fabulous Outdoor Activities

Using Mendoza as a base, you can scale Aconcagua, take bike tours of wine country, go rafting on the Mendoza River, try horseback riding in the Andes and even spend a day shadowing a gaucho as they go about their business.

Where to Eat in Mendoza

Mendoza's dining scene is almost on a level with its wine. Grilled meats (asado) are a specialty, and highlights include Azafran, La Nilda and Nadia O.F. Expect to pay around ARS200 for an exceptionally good steak.

When to visit Mendoza

Mendoza in May
Estimated hotel price
$45
1 night at 3-star hotel
Mendoza in May
Estimated hotel price
$45
1 night at 3-star hotel

Mendoza is at its best between October and April (the southern hemisphere summer). Try April and May for mild weather, spectacular colors and far shorter queues at the wine bars.

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How to Get to Mendoza

Plane

El Plumerillo Airport offers connections to Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. From there, a taxi will cost around ARS90.

Train

Mendoza doesn't have an intercity rail connection, but the 8 mile long Metrotranvía line connects the city center to nearby Maipu.

Car

From Buenos Aires, follow highway 7 all the way across Argentina to Mendoza. Take highway 20 from Cordoba and highway 7 across the Andes from Santiago.

Bus

Buses run into Mendoza's bus terminal (which is around a mile out of town) from Buenos Aires, Santiago, San Martin, Cordoba and plenty of other regional cities.

Airlines serving Mendoza

KLM
Good (259 reviews)
Air France
Good (269 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,536 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (926 reviews)
Iberia
Good (526 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (25 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (557 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (89 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (767 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (393 reviews)
GOL
Good (156 reviews)
Aerolineas Argentinas
Excellent (159 reviews)
Sky Airline
Good (27 reviews)
Flybondi
Excellent (4 reviews)
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Where to stay in Mendoza

Exceptional local accommodation options include the Park Hyatt Mendoza, which has an on-site casino, the luxurious Diplomatic Hotel and the Sheraton Mendoza Hotel.

Popular neighborhoods in Mendoza

Plaza Independencia – the center of Mendoza, Plaza Independencia is a good starting point for a walking tour and is close to almost all of the best hotels.

Avenida Villanueva Aristides – Aristides is a major street in the southern part of central Mendoza, which hosts wineries like Bodega Atamisque and is the city's dining hub.

Godoy Cruz – Almost a separate city, Godoy Cruz is a huge southern suburb which hosts malls like Palmares and is a great place to base yourself.

Where to stay in popular areas of Mendoza

Most booked hotels in Mendoza

Diplomatic Hotel
Excellent (9.1, 1894 reviews)
$215+
Lujan de Cuyo B&B
Excellent (9.4, 65 reviews)
$74+
Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel Casino & Spa
Excellent (8.8, 1050 reviews)
$219+
Sheraton Mendoza Hotel
Excellent (8.7, 625 reviews)
$224+
Esplendor Mendoza
Excellent (8.5, 1068 reviews)
$129+
Hotel Entre Cielos
Excellent (8.6, 64 reviews)
$450+
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How to Get Around Mendoza

Public Transportation

To use the buses, you'll need a Red Bus Card which costs ARS5. After that, each journey costs ARS4.

Taxi

Expect small hops between the city's attractions to cost between ARS20 and ARS40.

Car

Renting a car is essential to see all of the local wineries. Outlets include Hertz and Express Car, and rates can be as low as ARS100 per day.

The Cost of Living in Mendoza

Shopping Streets

Most of the city's boutiques are clustered around Av San Martin and include dress stores like Almendra and apparel vendors like Kosiuko. If you want to stock up on wine, try Dos Puntos Vinoteca or Peatonal.

Groceries and Other

Mendoza's supermarkets include Super Murciana and Super A. Expect to pay around ARS30 for 12 eggs.

Cheap meal
$12.84
A pair of jeans
$96.90
Single public transport ticket
$0.51
Cappuccino
$2.16