Visit the Picturesque Town of Mendoza
If you're a connoisseur of wine, then you will likely have had the opportunity to taste some by now. The popularity of Argentina's wines is growing on an ever steady global scale and the picturesque town and region of Mendoza is at the center of it all. Situated in a very fertile part of the Cuyo region, Mendoza not only enjoys incredible grape harvests from its myriads of vineyards, but also a very large annual agricultural yield.
One of the best things about Mendoza for many visitors is the large amount of festivals which are held here. Argentina's annual wine harvest festival known as 'Vendimia' starts in January at various other places in the province and culminates in an explosion of color and culture in the city of Mendoza. Celebrations include folk dancing, religious blessings of the grapes, the crowing of the Reina Nacional de la Vendimia, a number of sporting events and, of course, plenty of wine. Other festivals include the Festival de la Tonada and the Fiesta Folklórica-ecuestre and a number of smaller festive occasions which center on melons, tomatoes and other agricultural products. The climate is generally hot and often humid but most cope by joining in on the afternoon siesta enjoyed by the rest of the town.
The city itself has quite a lot to see and do. The Museuo Popular Callejero is a great place to learn more about the history of Mendoza. The Palacio Municipal, the Camarin de la Virgen del Carmen de Cuyo, the Ruinas de San Francisco and the Parque General San Martin are similarly interesting historical attractions. If you head out into the countryside you will find the Parque Provincial Aconcagua which is home to the highest peak in South America. The Puente del Inca is a natural stone bridge over the Rio Mendoza and is one of the country's much loved natural wonders. The Cristo Redentor is an incredible 132000 ft statue made of melted down cannons. On the more natural side there is Uspallata, which is a beautiful valley, and Malargüe where you can visit a number of natural lakes as well as a petrified forest. There are also great wine tasting routes which have been specially chosen to take you to some of the country's best vineyards.
Physical activities available in Mendoza include skiing, white water rafting, kayaking, climbing, hiking, trekking, para-gliding, horseback riding, fishing. Mendoza also has great wildlife which can be spotted as you make your way through the province. Book your stay at a Mendoza hotel now to make sure that you enjoy a small taste of this beautiful province.