By Michael Schachner for Wine Enthusiast Magazine

New hotels, impressive wineries and greatly improved gastronomy prove this mountainous region boasts more than just Malbec.

From the minute you set foot in Mendoza, the Andes burn an indelible mark in your memory bank. Peaks like El Plata and Tupungato, both over 20,000 feet in elevation, sit sentinel over tens of thousands of vineyard acres, creating a postcard visual. Yet, Mendoza is more than just mountains and Malbec. Over the past 15 years, this desert wine region, located some 700 miles west of Buenos Aires, has evolved into a top destination for wine tourism. New hotels, architecturally impressive wineries and.. READ FULL ARTICLE

By Jeff & Lindsay's Travel Blog

Wine, wine and more wine! That’s probably what most of you think of when you hear Mendoza. Rightfully so, it’s the main tourist attraction to the city. We flew to Mendoza from Iguazu Falls and initially we had no idea how long we were going to stay, a few days or a week? It was flexible as this was the last leg of our 5 flights so we didn’t have a set departure date.  We decided to stay for 3 days and it was just the right amount of time.

Our lodging here was a first for us. We used AirBnb, which we have had great luck with in the past but this time we chose a shared home and shared bathroom. Why?... (Read More)

By Traveling Lightly Blog

Our afternoon flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Salvador, Brazil, was uneventful except for the six-hour layover in Rio.  Maggie tried to talk me into taking a taxi through town so we could say we did Rio.  The view from the airplane window of the undulating coastline and the coastal Serra do Mar mountains including Pão de Açúcar, Sugarloaf, and Corcovado, the Hunchback, appeased me until a more extended visit someday soon.

We landed in Buenos Aires at 1:30 a.m., too late to take the overnight bus to Mendoza.  I had not planned that well, but when I purchased our plane tickets from Brazil to Argentina it was either the afternoon flight or the 6:30 a.m. flight, and I don’t do 6:30 a.m. flights unless I have no choice.  So we spent the night at EZE airport aiming to take a shuttle to the bus terminal and catch the 7 a.m. 16-hour coach to Mendoza.  I perused air flights, but the cost although not prohibitive didn’t make sense.  I needed to learn to travel light on my wallet.

So we lounged in the plastic seats with our feet propped on our backpacks while we watched “Friends” on Netflix until the free wifi kicked us off around 3:30 a.m.  We lost Maggie’s cellphone when we left it unattended in the... (Read More)

By The Everyday Aventurer

Upon exit from the small Mendoza airport, we were greeted with the kind of dry heat that reminded me of Texas summers, instantly bringing a smile to my face that this was probably the kind of place I liked to be. During our initial wandering around the city we figured out that our hotel was just a few blocks from Plaza Independencia, which seemed to be the heart beat of the city, providing a pulse of energy for families wanting to soak in warm summer evenings together. After dinner one night we ended up watching a concert in the plaza and joined in on the dancing that locals were leading right by the front of the stage.

One of the things that our group was consistently impressed with was how much quality... (Read More)

By Crikey

Which is how we found ourselves on a clear, cold, spring day looking out onto fresh snow-capped mountains on the windy road up to the border. Uncharacteristically, it had rained in Santiago the previous night and we worried that the border would be closed. In typical Latino style, information on both the Chilean and Argentine border websites was not forthcoming, so after a fruitless hour of searching, we just said what the hell and went.

It took three hours to reach the border, climbing higher and higher and passing very few other vehicles along the way. Well, it was a Sunday morning; everyone must have been in bed or at church. The roads were clear as a bell, if anything the rain had left everything clean and crisp.

Finally, we arrived at the Argentine border — a giant hangar with a few laneways and lots of relaxed-looking officials, bundled up in coats. It was pretty quiet with only a couple of other cars and a tourist bus. I hopped out to stretch my legs and immediately... (Read More)

By Planet Mountain

Swiss alpinist Michael Lerjen-Demjen introduces the climbing at Los Arenales close to Mendoza in Argentina. Perfect granite and an unlimited potential at an altitude of 3000m.

I don’t really know how many times I’ve been to Argentina, I can’t remember exactly, but what I know is that while I’ve experienced my highs and lows, this immense country has never lost its charm. Argentina offers much more than just merely mountains: it’s a land that overflows with passion, beauty, serenity and tranquility.

Most climbers are attracted to El Chalten, to Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and their surrounding peaks, just like I was in the past. But this time I wanted to try something else, enjoy different stimuli, feel the thrill of something new I’d forgotten about. During a family dinner - Asado of course - we got the idea that I should head north to explore the rocks and mountains around Mendoza. My initial reply was that I wasn't interested in climbing Aconcagua, but when Manu showed me the incredible photos of Los Arenales, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.

The trip alone is worth the drive to Los Arenales: you wind your way through vineyards in Mendoza as you enjoy sweeping views across the snowy peaks of the Andes. And when you get to Los Arenales you remain stunned, there’s... (Read More)

By Great Wine Capitals

Mendoza, Mendoza, Mendoza.  Well what can I say ?   Would I go back to Mendoza where I recently visited as a guest of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) ?  Would I  recommend it to friends and other travelers ?   The answer is a resounding yes. Mendoza is wonderful especially if you love places with an easy pace,  good food,  friendly locals and great wine.

It’s a couple of weeks since I returned and I’m still excited about the visit.  I vividly recall the stunning snow-capped Andes. They’re hard to forget.  I’ve flown over the Pyrenees often and I’ve seen the Himalayas from the air but the Andes are special.  Little did I know, until I arrived, just how special those snow-capped peaks are to Mendoza.

I found the city of Mendoza to be safe, easy to navigate and pleasant to walk around.  

It’s a low rise city with few tall buildings and is laid out using the modern grid system.  As for historical sights, with the exception of the ruins of the San Francisco basilica, sadly none remain due to the devastating earthquake of 1861 which leveled the old city.  However the `new´ Mendoza has much going for it.  Without the pressure of having to visit a long list of historical sights you can instead just... (Read More)

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