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Introduction

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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.

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Sights and Activities

  • Wineries (bodegas)
  • Nearby Aconcagua
  • Parque San Martin
  • Plaza Independencia
  • Plaza Espana
  • Trekking, horseback riding and whitewater rafting in the region
  • Skiing in winter

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Events and Festivals

  • Vendimia Festival - This annual festival, held every March, celebrates the grape harvest. Mendoza is the premiere region for wine making, so this event is pretty spectacular. It is the largest festival of the year in Mendoza, and it includes parades, decorations, music, large stage productions, food, and of course, wine. Most popularly known, is the event's beauty pageant. Beautiful girls from the region enter this competition, they are voted upon, and in the end, one victor is crowned with the coveted title of "National Grape Harvest Queen".
  • Festival Nacional de la Tornada - A festival celebrating Argentinian culture and folk music. This important event draws large crowds and many performers from all over the region. Visitors can expect to see talented musical acts on a big stage with lots of lights and visual effects. Every year's program varies slightly, but the event is always sure to satisfy those who enjoy the sound of passionate musicians. This event occurs every year in February.
  • Mendoza Flamenca Festival - This annual event includes dynamic dance performances from some of the most talented flamenco dancers in the region. Visitors can expect to see incredible performances of this traditional dance, and some dance classes will be offered for those who want to learn. Performers are always dressed in beautiful dresses with flowing skirts and heels that help keep the beat as they dance. This event is held annually in May.
  • Mendoza Marathon - This annual festival draws thousands of running enthusiasts each year. For those visiting Mendoza for it's beautiful wine country, and you're looking for a way to burn off the extra calories you consumed, this race may be for you! Runs of varying lengths are offered, and runners will pass by many of Mendoza's best city offerings while on the route.
  • Winery Events - If you're not traveling to Mendoza during March, but you want to enjoy the festivities of this incredible wine-making city, there is almost always something going on. Just check the local winery listings on the link for upcoming wine events in the area.

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Weather

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.

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Getting There

By Plane

The international airport near Mendoza offers regular flights to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Cordoba and Neuquen.

By Bus

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.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Buses and even trollyes ply most routes in the city and are cheap and easy (after a while) to get around.

By Foot

You can walk most of Mendoza's centre without problems, but for a visit to the vineyards, you will need other transport.

By Bike

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.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Adventure Park HostelSarmiento 681Hostel-
Break Point MendozaAristides Villanueva 241Hostel76
Cabañas Pequeña Villa de San JorgeMonseñor Larumbe 3151 / 10-0-1 San IsidroGuesthouse-
Carahue Hostel AdventureJosé Federico Moreno 1442Guesthouse-
Casa PuebloPellegrini 377 guaymallenGuesthouse82
Chalet Parque Central9 de Julio 2163Guesthouse-
Chimbas SuitesCobos 92 & Acceso EsteHostel82
Damajuana HostelArìstides Villanueva 282 - CiudadHostel73
Hostal ConfluenciaEspaña 1512Hostel-
Hostel AlamoNecochea 740 CiudadHostel85
Hostel EmpedradoPatricias Mendocinas 1959Hostel85
Hostel Estacion MendozaPrimitivo de la Reta 547Guesthouse76
Hostel Huellas AndinasRivadavia 640Hostel75
Hostel IndependenciaMitre 1237Hostel-
Hostel Internacional Campo BaseAv. Mitre 946 entre Rivadavia y MontevideoHostel82
Hostel Internacional MendozaEspaña 343; Barrio BombalHostel73
Hostel Internacional PenitentesRuta Internacional a Santigo de Chile PenitentesHostel77
Hostel LaoRioja 771Hostel89
Hostel Parque Central25 de mayo 1889Guesthouse-
Hostel Puertas del SolEspejo 751Guesthouse75
Hostel Ruca-PotuAv. Gobernador Ricardo Videla 1275Guesthouse-
Hostel TriskelSalta 1904Guesthouse-
Hotel NecocheaNecochea 541Hotel70
Itaka HostelArístides Villanueva 480Hostel75
La Cava HostalSan Martin 1702 Godoy CruzGuesthouse-
Lagares HostelCorrientes 213 (2 blocks West of)Hostel88
Los Varietales B&BJ.A. Maza 661 ciudadGuesthouse78
Mendoza InnAristides Villanueva 470Hostel81
Oasis Hostel MendozaBeltrán 315 CiudadHostel-
Punto UrbanoAv.Godoy Cruz 326 Ciudad MendozaGuesthouse-
Roma Deptos MendozaNecochea 85Apartment-
Savigliano International HostelPedro B. Palacios 944Hostel84
Trotamundos Hostel MendozaPeru 1214 esq. EspejoGuesthouse-
Hostel Mendoza LodgingAv San Martin 1998Hostel76
Cuyum Mapu HostelPaseo Alameda, Av. Gral. San Martín 2348Hostel81
Modigliani Art StudiosAlém 41 San Martín Av.Apartment77
Winca's Aparts1738 Rioja StreetHostel-
Mountain Hostel San AntonioIngeniero Guiñazu s/n Vallecitos Lujan de CuyoCampsite-
Posada BorravinoMedrano 2658, Chacras de CoriaGuesthouse-
El Puesto Hostel de MontañaAv Los Condores (fin pavimento villa Manantiales-el Salto Alto PotrerillosHostel-
Hostel Suites MendozaPatricias Mendocinas Nro.1532Hostel84
Mendoza BackpackersSan Lorenzo 19Hostel81
Exclusive HostalAvenida de Acceso Este Lateral Sur 1081- Dorrego -Guesthouse-
Trilogia 'Alojamiento·Bar·AventuraRemedios Escalada de San Martin 2265, 4ª secc. Paseo Alameda 2265GUESTHOUSE-
Casa Mendoza AndesJulio Argentina Roca 559Guesthouse-
Hostel La Puerta25 de Mayo 1011 DorregoHostel74
TRILOGIAPaseo Remedios de Escalada Av San Martin 2265Guesthouse-
Hostel Suites MendozaPatricias Mendocinas 1532 CiudadHostel85
Zona Sismica HostelSan Martin 276Hostel-
La Maison VistalbaLujan de Cuyo VistalbaGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel AragonAv. Godoy Cruz 212 CiudadHotel73
Hostel Simplemente MendozaPatricias Mendocinas 858, Ciudad de MendozaHostel75
Hostel Mora MendozaSan Juan 955Hostel83
Quinta Rufino B&BRufino Ortega 142GUESTHOUSE76
Alojarse en MendozaDon Bosco #89 CiudadGuesthouse83
Hostel WineriesUrquiza 2997 Coquimbito MaipúHostel83
Hostel Campo Base PenitentesRuta Internacional Nº7 Centro de Ski PenitentesHostel-
Bed for WineBelgrano 965Hostel-
Aires Andinos PosadaChacras de CoriaGuesthouse-
Aconcagua ApartmentAristides Villanueva 252APARTMENT-
Wine ApartsRioja 1738HOTEL-
Zona Sismica HostelSt Martin 27Hostel-
Hostel Portico Del ValleColombres 31 Lujan de CuyoHostel-
Hostel & Bikers ParadorPanamericana 2475HOSTEL-
Alojamiento MayamCalle Urquiza 239HOTEL-
LaErte HotelLeonidas Aguirre 19HOTEL-
Hostel Plan BOlascoaga 1323, Quinta SeccionHOSTEL-
Club Hotel HualumRuta 222 Km30 - Los Molles - MalargaeHOTEL-
Posada del VinoMaza 3135 MaipuGuesthouse-
Little Tibet HouseClark 337 V seccionGUESTHOUSE-
Mi CasaClark 779GUESTHOUSE-
Otro MundoBaigorria 695GUESTHOUSE-
Huar HostelDr. Brandi 47 MaipuHOSTEL-
Hostel MacondoTucuman 370 Godoy CruzHOSTEL-
Mendoza, familiar, bed and breakfastCerro La Colina 388. MendozaGUESTHOUSE-
Banana HostelJulio Argentino Roca 344Hostel-
Finca BraviVidela Castillo 1342 MaipuGUESTHOUSE-
Old House Mendoza HostelAv. Las Heras 354Hostel-

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Learn

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).

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -32.88208
  • Longitude: -68.81562

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