Plaza Italia in Mendoza

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The city of Mendoza, located 1200 km west of Buenos Aires in the foothills of the mighty Andes Mountains, is on the major international highway linking Argentina with the important seaports of Chile. The region, rich in natural resources, natural wonders and natural areas, is a traveler’s paradise.

Best known for the thriving viniculture, wine could be said to be the lifeblood of Mendoza. Producing near one billion liters per year, the area, called by some the “next Napa” is known for its bold flavors and affordable prices. The wineries, most of which are located near the capital, are proud to produce the world’s highest ranked Malbec wines.

The province is beneath a major rain shadow, created be the Andes, giving the area a warm, dry climate. An impressive irrigation system gives Mendoza’s capital city a virtual oasis; tree-lined streets, lush plazas and a beautiful municipal park, Parque San Martin, shade visitors and residents from the nearly constant sunshine. Mendoza offers all the services of a major center, including a bustling nightlife, great restaurants and endless shopping, but maintains an atmosphere more common to smaller cities or towns.

Outdoor recreation abounds in the mountains, with rafting and mountaineering as the main highlights of the summer, and world class skiing and snowboarding in winter. The famous Cerro Aconcagua, America’s tallest peak, lies just west of Mendoza near the border of Chile and attracts climbers from around the world.

From the soaring peaks of the Andes to the tranquil atmosphere of Parque San Martin and from the quiet vineyards to the bustling nightclubs, Mendoza offers the complete Argentine experience.

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