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Mendoza is a city in the western region of Cuyo in Argentina. It's the capital of the province of Mendoza and the urban area has close to 1 million inhabitants (the city itself is much smaller though). Mendoza forms the centre of the Argentinian wine industry and closeby is the highest peak of the western hemisphere: the Aconcagua.
Mendoze has a fantastic climate. Summers last from November to March when average daytime temperatures are around 30 °C though it can be much hotter during some days. Nights are still pleasantly warm around this time, mostly between 15 °C and 20 °C. Winters last from June to September when it's usually around 16 °C to 18 °C but nights are just a few degrees above zero during the coldest months of June and July. Occasional frost and snow are not unheard of. Most of the precipitation though comes in the form of some heavy rainshowers during the summer months. Still, in total there is only between 200 and 250mm of precipitation a year, which basically means that it is located in a desert region.
Mendoza has good bus connections with many destinations throughout Argentina as well as international connections.
Within the region, buses regularly go to Uspallata and Los Penitentes, the base for climbing the Aconcagua. At least daily connections exist with cities throughout the country, including Buenos Aires (around 15 hours), Córdoba (10 hours), Tucuman (14 hours), Puerto Iguazu (36 hours), Rio Gallegos (42 hours), and many more.
International destinations include Santiago de Chile (7 hours, across the Andes), Vina del Mar (7 hours) Valparaiso (8 hours) and even on to Lima (at least 60 hours!) and Montevideo (22 hours), with onward connections to Punta del Este (Uruguay) and several Brazilian cities. Long distance bus service is the most common way to travel from city to city within Argentina if you're looking to save some Pesos.
Buses and even trollys ply most routes in the city and are cheap and easy (after a while) to get around. There's also the Metrotranvía which connects the Mendoza departments of Capital, Godoy Cruz, Guaymallén and Maipú.
You can walk most of Mendoza's centre without problems, but for a visit to the vineyards, you will need other transport.
You can hire bicycles in town for around Ar$30 - Ar$40 per day, which is a good way to visit the outlying areas including the vineyards.
Mendoza's city tour recently started operating around the city. The price is about Ar$100 for a 24-hour pass.
|Adventure Park Hostel||Sarmiento 681||Hostel||-|
|Break Point Mendoza||Aristides Villanueva 241||Hostel||76|
|Cabañas Pequeña Villa de San Jorge||Monseñor Larumbe 3151 / 10-0-1 San Isidro||Guesthouse||-|
|Carahue Hostel Adventure||José Federico Moreno 1442||Guesthouse||-|
|Casa Pueblo||Pellegrini 377 guaymallen||Guesthouse||78|
|Chalet Parque Central||9 de Julio 2163||Guesthouse||-|
|Chimbas Suites||Cobos 92 & Acceso Este||Hostel||86|
|Damajuana Hostel||Arìstides Villanueva 282 - Ciudad||Hostel||77|
|Hostal Confluencia||España 1512||Hostel||78|
|Hostel Alamo||Necochea 740 Ciudad||Hostel||84|
|Hostel Empedrado||Patricias Mendocinas 1959||Hostel||86|
|Hostel Estacion Mendoza||Primitivo de la Reta 547||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Huellas Andinas||Rivadavia 640||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Independencia||Mitre 1237||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Internacional Campo Base||Av. Mitre 946 entre Rivadavia y Montevideo||Hostel||83|
|Hostel Internacional Mendoza||España 343; Barrio Bombal||Hostel||78|
|Hostel Internacional Penitentes||Ruta Internacional a Santigo de Chile Penitentes||Hostel||79|
|Hostel Lao||Rioja 771||Hostel||89|
|Hostel Parque Central||25 de mayo 1889||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Puertas del Sol||Espejo 751||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Ruca-Potu||Av. Gobernador Ricardo Videla 1275||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Triskel||Salta 1904||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Necochea||Necochea 541||Hotel||53|
|Itaka Hostel||Arístides Villanueva 480||Hostel||76|
|La Cava Hostal||San Martin 1702 Godoy Cruz||Guesthouse||-|
|Lagares Hostel||Corrientes 213 (2 blocks West of)||Hostel||90|
|Los Varietales B&B||J.A. Maza 661 ciudad||Guesthouse||-|
|Mendoza Inn||Aristides Villanueva 470||Hostel||83|
|Oasis Hostel Mendoza||Beltrán 315 Ciudad||Hostel||-|
|Punto Urbano||Av.Godoy Cruz 326 Ciudad Mendoza||Guesthouse||-|
|Roma Deptos Mendoza||Necochea 85||Apartment||-|
|Savigliano International Hostel||Pedro B. Palacios 944||Hostel||78|
|Trotamundos Hostel Mendoza||Peru 1214 esq. Espejo||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Mendoza Lodging||Av San Martin 1998||Hostel||81|
|Cuyum Mapu Hostel||Paseo Alameda, Av. Gral. San Martín 2348||Hostel||79|
|Modigliani Art Studios||Além 41 San Martín Av.||Apartment||79|
|Winca's Aparts||1738 Rioja Street||Hostel||-|
|Mountain Hostel San Antonio||Ingeniero Guiñazu s/n Vallecitos Lujan de Cuyo||Campsite||-|
|Posada Borravino||Medrano 2658, Chacras de Coria||Guesthouse||-|
|El Puesto Hostel de Montaña||Av Los Condores (fin pavimento villa Manantiales-el Salto Alto Potrerillos||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Suites Mendoza||Patricias Mendocinas Nro.1532||Hostel||85|
|Mendoza Backpackers||San Lorenzo 19||Hostel||80|
|Exclusive Hostal||Avenida de Acceso Este Lateral Sur 1081- Dorrego -||Guesthouse||-|
|Trilogia 'Alojamiento·Bar·Aventura||Remedios Escalada de San Martin 2265, 4ª secc. Paseo Alameda 2265||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa Mendoza Andes||Julio Argentina Roca 559||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel La Puerta||25 de Mayo 1011 Dorrego||Hostel||72|
|TRILOGIA||Paseo Remedios de Escalada Av San Martin 2265||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Suites Mendoza||Patricias Mendocinas 1532 Ciudad||Hostel||85|
|Zona Sismica Hostel||San Martin 276||Hostel||-|
|La Maison Vistalba||Lujan de Cuyo Vistalba||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Aragon||Av. Godoy Cruz 212 Ciudad||Hotel||76|
|Hostel Simplemente Mendoza||Patricias Mendocinas 858, Ciudad de Mendoza||Hostel||77|
|Hostel Mora Mendoza||San Juan 955||Hostel||85|
|Quinta Rufino B&B||Rufino Ortega 142||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Alojarse en Mendoza||Don Bosco #89 Ciudad||Guesthouse||86|
|Hostel Wineries||Urquiza 2997 Coquimbito Maipú||Hostel||86|
|Hostel Campo Base Penitentes||Ruta Internacional Nº7 Centro de Ski Penitentes||Hostel||-|
|Bed for Wine||Belgrano 965||Hostel||-|
|Aires Andinos Posada||Chacras de Coria||Guesthouse||-|
|Aconcagua Apartment||Aristides Villanueva 252||APARTMENT||-|
|Wine Aparts||Rioja 1738||HOTEL||-|
|Zona Sismica Hostel||St Martin 27||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Portico Del Valle||Colombres 31 Lujan de Cuyo||Hostel||-|
|Hostel & Bikers Parador||Panamericana 2475||HOSTEL||-|
|Alojamiento Mayam||Calle Urquiza 239||HOTEL||-|
|LaErte Hotel||Leonidas Aguirre 19||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel Plan B||Olascoaga 1323, Quinta Seccion||HOSTEL||-|
|Club Hotel Hualum||Ruta 222 Km30 - Los Molles - Malargae||HOTEL||-|
|Posada del Vino||Maza 3135 Maipu||Guesthouse||-|
|Little Tibet House||Clark 337 V seccion||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Mi Casa||Clark 779||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Otro Mundo||Baigorria 695||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Huar Hostel||Dr. Brandi 47 Maipu||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Macondo||Tucuman 370 Godoy Cruz||HOSTEL||-|
|Mendoza, familiar, bed and breakfast||Cerro La Colina 388. Mendoza||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Banana Hostel||Julio Argentino Roca 344||Hostel||-|
|Finca Bravi||Videla Castillo 1342 Maipu||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Old House Mendoza Hostel||Av. Las Heras 354||Hostel||-|
As with many cities in Argentina, there is a variety of Spanish courses and private lessons are available. There are two extablished language schools in Mendoza: Intercultural is the biggest, has a range of afternoon activities, and is slightly more expensive, Greenfields (previously COINED) is smaller and feels less well organised, but many of the teachers work at both schools. Another option for individual or very small tailor-made group lessons: Spanish in Mendoza Argentina (SIMA).
Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.
You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.
Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.
Correos de Argentina is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correos de Argentina will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correos de Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.
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