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.
Two to three nights
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.
• 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.