THE PROVINCE OF CUYO
The city of Mendoza is the capital of the province of the same name and one of the most visited destinations in the Cuyo region. It is the gateway to visit Mendoza's landscapes. Although it has a semi-desert climate, the City of Mendoza is an Oasis City, which finds in artificial irrigation - fruit of the work and effort of many Mendoza's people- the foundation of its existence. Thus, its characteristic groves, irrigation ditches, wide sidewalks and renovated green spaces offer residents and visitors an excellent quality of life. It has a dynamic artistic and cultural activity: theaters, museums, art galleries and craft exhibitions enrich the daily offer. The city is the ideal starting point for excursions to the important tourist attractions of the province, such as the Wine Roads, the mountains, rivers, hot springs and natural reserves. Nightlife in Mendoza City offers options for all ages. Aristides Villanueva Street, offers for young people countless bars, pubs and discos. It is the massive meeting place before going to the dance clubs in the outskirts of the city. The Sarmiento pedestrian street and its namesake street also offer high-level restaurants and cafés to satisfy the most demanding palates with international cuisine always accompanied by the best wines from Mendoza. Mendoza is positioned as one of the most important cities in Argentina, being a strategic point of socio-economic development of Mercosur and link with Chile.
HOW TO GET THERE?
By plane : The airport of the city of Mendoza is the International Airport or 'El Plumerillo' which is located 7 km from the center of the city of Mendoza. It has a passenger terminal of 12,800 m2 organized on two levels. It operates 24 hours a day and has modern facilities set in an environment of vineyards and mountains in the background. It has commercial premises, a coffee shop, a free shop, a restaurant on the terrace and a large parking lot. There are several daily flights to Mendoza International Airport, both from Buenos Aires (only 1 hour and 45 minutes away) and from other cities.
By car : National Routes 40 and 7 communicate Mendoza with the whole country as well as with Chile. Route 40 communicates the city from North to South, and it is National Route 7 that allows the connection from East to West.
By bus : NMendoza Terminal, popularly known as "La Terminal del Sol", is the most important terminal in the region of Cuyo, serving as a link with the most popular destinations in the country, the Retiro Terminal, the terminals of La Plata and Rosario and the Córdoba Terminal, as well as with Chile through the Paso Libertador General San Martín. The most important transportation companies provide services in Mendoza's terminal: 20 de Junio- Platabus, Viajes Sendas, Central Argentino, CATA Internacional, San Juan Mar del Plata, Andesmar, Empresa Chevallier and El Rápido Internacional connect Mendoza with different cities. The Mendoza bus terminal has some bars, handicraft shops, luggage storage, cab and parcel service, restrooms and the rest of the usual services.
Mendoza has 2 types of climate, these are semi-arid climate and arid climate. The average annual temperature in Mendoza is 20° and the average annual rainfall is 309 mm. It does not rain for 252 days per year. Given its characteristic of premountain
range desert, the climate in Mendoza has extreme temperatures: very hot summers and very cold winters. It follows that the best time to visit Mendoza is during the temperate seasons. Both spring and autumn have more intermediate and generally more tolerable temperatures. Late March and late September to be more exact. Approximately 22ºC all day long. Traveling to Mendoza in spring and autumn also has a particular charm because of the enormous amount of trees that exist within its boundaries. Thus, the whole of Mendoza is dressed in different shades of yellow, green and brown in autumn and in bloom in spring. Traveling in spring and autumn represents for tourists not only a quieter and more relaxed travel experience, but also an important saving compared to the high season months during summer and winter.
There are more than 29,071 hotel beds in Mendoza, with more than 3,400 of them in 4 and 5 star categories. From amazing lodgings located in the middle of vineyards, cabins in the mountains, rural lodges or various hotels, hostels and aparts distributed throughout the city, these are some of the diversity of alternatives to stay and enjoy the visit to the city.
One of the main attractions of Mendoza is its gastronomy. Wine stands out, but we also find a wide range of restaurants offering all kinds of menus, and many cafes with handmade sweets. A good way to immerse yourself in the flavors of Mendoza is to take a tour of the main attractions of the city and its surroundings, including visits to wineries, chocolate shops, liquor stores and olive oil stores, among other delicacies. If you have a sweet tooth, you can visit the La Cabaña Chocolate Factory.
Argentina is recognized as the country that produces the finest Malbecs and those from Mendoza are considered the best in the world. Another typical wine is Torrontés. There are several full or half day tours to visit the different wineries near the city.
Viticultural Zones (Province of Mendoza): It is important to know that there are 5 important winegrowing areas in the province: north, center, east, Uco Valley and south.