Situated at the foot of The Andes Mountains, it is one of the most chosen tourist destinations because of the various interesting activities available in the region.
It is an incredible oasis to grow fruits and vegetables due to the presence of the Mendoza and Tunuyán Rivers.
Starting point to enjoy adventure travel and high mountain sports like andinism, ski or rafting, Mendoza offers various circuits to go on these excursions.
When visiting Mendoza, you will be traveling along the land of the good sun and the good wine. Special mention deserves its very well known Wine Route.
Full Day Wine Experience at Valle de Uco
Approximately 60 minutes south of the city of Mendoza, the Uco Valley encompasses the highest altitude Argentine vineyards (averaging between 900 and 1200 meters above sea level). Known especially for Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Semillon, and Torrontes production. Its striking natural setting – below a stretch of the Andes that includes the 6,800 meter Mount Tupungato. The valley’s dry weather and the wide thermal amplitude between day and night have created its distinctive microclimates that result in wines that are rich in color and ideal for aging.
Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Andes as you are swept up in the tradition of the Old World and the excitement of the New. Discover the unique characteristics of Tupungato’s terroir and the secrets of more than 125 years of winemaking tradition. Andeluna Cellars winery and vineyard is located in the Andes Foothills. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the classic architecture of the winery is surrounded by prime vineyards and magnificent views of the Andes Mountains.
These beautiful surroundings create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy award winning wines. Continue to Bodega Salentein where grand productions meet high style. Designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross. The Bodega’s two levels allow wine to flow from the tanks to the barrels by a traditional gravity transfer system. The four wings converge in a circular central chamber, which resembles an amphitheatre and was inspired by ancient classical temples. Enjoy lunch at either Salentein or Andeluna winery.
Full Day Andes Mountain Excursion
The trip begins in Mendoza. Leaving the city along the National route 7, you will go through an area filled with small farms and vineyards. Soon after, following the route that skirts the winding course of the Mendoza river, you will leave the countryside behind in order to enter the pre-mountain range area. The first stop will be in Potrerillos, a small mountain town, with weekend residences belonging to the inhabitants of Mendoza. There is also an unbeatable view of the Potrerillos dam which forms a breathtaking artificial lake. The following section of the route leads to Uspallata, framed by mountainous landscapes with changing colours, filled with various geological formations and many tunnels on the road. The famous film ‘Seven years in Tibet’ was filmed in this valley.
The trip continues towards several other small mountain towns, Polvaredas, Punta de Vacas, Penitentes, until you reach Puente del Inca, a natural bridge where Las Cuevas river has drilled into the mountains forming this incredible natural attraction. Thermal water emerges from different areas and several pools are being used by the climbers as a free spa!
Close to the border, a wonderful viewpoint allows to see the Aconcagua Mount in all its splendor, wich stands at 6,962 meters (22,841 feet) above sea level . You will enter the stunning Horcones Lagoon and to the Provincial Park for a small walk and pictures. The mountains in the Andes are the highest in the world outside of the Himalayas.
On the way back we will discover the little and charming town of Uspallata, before driving along Mendoza River on the way back to Mendoza city.
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