Mendoza is part of the mountainous wine-producing region of Cuyo, formed with its northern neighbors San Juan and San Luis. Located in western central Argentina, Mendoza also shares borders with La Pampa, Rio Negro and Neuquen in the east and Chile to the west.
Most visitors to Mendoza are either coming from Buenos Aires, Argentina, or Santiago, Chile. The scenic trip over the Andes from Santiago is eight hours by bus or a quick one-hour flight. Buenos Aires, located some 1200 kilometers away, is a longer, fifteen-hour bus ride or two-hour flight.
If you are coming from other regions of Argentina, Mendoza is a major transport hub and has daily buses arriving from Cordoba (10 hours), Rio Gallegos (42 hours) and Puerto Iguazu (36 hours). Busses also run from Mendoza to smaller pueblos in the region that are worth visiting like Uspallata, Los Penitentes, Las Cuevas and Villavicencio. Inquire at the terminal for specific companies that run these routes.
Bus is a cheapier and yet very comfortable way of travelling through Argentina. In Mendoza the city’s bus terminal is located just a few blocks from the main city center.
El Rapido Buses
Aerolineas Argentinas and LanChile offer daily departures from Mendoza’s International Airport with destinations of Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Santiago, Chile.
Tel:(0261) 420 4185
Tel:(0261) 425 7900
Mendoza is a very pedestrian friendly city. Five main plazas are spaced around the downtown district, giving you a chance for a break from the often-busy sidewalks. A pedestrian only avenue, Sarmiento, contains shops and patio restaurants also.
If you are in a hurry, or heading on a longer journey, there are taxis and also remises, or private cars, that are safe, quick and relatively inexpensive. The local buses, although numerous, are fairly complicated for the uninitiated and require a plastic RedBus card that you can purchase at any kiosko. If you do choose to use them, make sure to know which bus number to board and let the driver know at what stop you plan to get off.
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