Mendoza Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Mendoza Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia


As the gateway
to Argentina’s famous wine region, Mendoza is a popular stopover between
Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. Labeled as the “Eden of the Andes”,
this green city is bursting with flavor. Mendoza is “The Land of Sun and Good Wine”. The Andean city represents
what Argentineans do best: enjoying the good life. Here, the glass is always half full and
this optimism is palpable when you explore Mendoza. Set on a dry, sun-kissed plateau
in the foothills of the Andes, the city sprouted from an ancient network
of irrigation channels dug by the indigenous Huarpe people to water their crops with the snowmelt
from the peaks. When the Spanish arrived
in the mid-sixteenth century, they adopted these “acequias” to establish Argentina’s first vineyards. In doing so, they planted the seed of Mendoza’s future as one of the world’s Great Capitals of Wine. Like a vine that is lovingly cultivated, the region’s wine industry is thriving. Because the conditions in these mountains
are so perfect, Mendoza’s vineyards produce about three-quarters
of the country’s wine. Set in a historic homestead in
the original wine-growing region of Mendoza, Bodega Lagarde is as traditional as it gets, Follow your nose to the smoking parrilla on the patio
to enjoy a mouthwatering feast. Pair each course with a different drop
for unexpected bursts of flavor. Those with sophisticated palates can also book
a private wine tasting session at Catena Zapata, run by the descendants of a pioneering winegrower
from Italy. The vineyards in its fertile valleys are not
the only reason why Mendoza is nicknamed “The Eden of the Andes.” The city’s sunny climate and abundance of
shady parks round out its flavors. The most generous park of all is
Parque General San Martín, just west of the city center. This massive urban green space
is big enough to drive and even row through. Adorning El Cerro de la Gloria, the park’s glorious hill, is the national
monument for the Army of the Andes. Scenes depict how General San Martín and
his troops first liberated Argentina in the early nineteenth century
and then crossed the mountains from here to also liberate Chile and Peru. In the heart of the city center, the Teatro Independencia also serves
as a grand memorial to the country’s War of Independence from Spain. Don’t miss the sculpture under the beautiful dome
of the nearby Espacio Contemporáneo de Arte, which is housed in a former bank. This well-lit art space stands in stark contrast
to the underground modern art museum, which features acclaimed
South American and European artists and is located right under
the central terrace of Plaza Independencia. This pocket of green is the central point
of five leafy squares that are dotted around the downtown area. Nearby Plaza General San Martín features
the general’s horseback statue, while the Plaza España
features an Iberian fountain, Andalusian benches and Maiolica murals, which all symbolize the restored relations
between Argentina and Spain. Just four blocks away is the Plaza Italia, with its Romanesque stonework and sculpture. It’s a tribute to the social influence of
the province’s Italian community. When you explore this South American city
it’s clear that the people of Mendoza live their lives with gusto and
know how to have a good time. So, why don’t you join them on a bustling
café terrace along the boulevard at night. Like a good wine, the spirited city of Mendoza has aged beautifully since first sprouting
from the foothills of the Andes and has matured into a full-bodied blend
with a hint of elegance. Come and get a taste of
Mendoza’s zest for life by uncorking the city’s intoxicating ingredients
which, all combined, make Mendoza into what it is today: The Eden of the Andes.

37 thoughts on “Mendoza Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. Another great video! You gotta keep up the good work!
    P.S.: Are there any North American cities' videos coming?

  2. 'Expedia' One of those channel which you've to subscribe on first visit …. Wow! another nice video with wonderful music. Thanks for sharing the world with us.

  3. Mendoza is nice, very clean, one of the safest cities in Latin America, not much traffic, very green with several nice parcs, good restaurants….

    ….but also a bit boring! There is not much to see apart of the parcs. Within one hour you can explore the whole entire city. To stay 1 – 2 days in Mendoza is ok but not more….it's better to rent a car and visit the area. Lots of wine yards, the Lake Potrerillos, the hot sources of Cacheuta…..

    What is really amazing about Mendoza – it's called the "Capital of Wine" and you can find dozens of shops selling wine (Malbec) but in the city you see more people drinking beer! I found several bars in downtown Mendoza serving excellent local craft beer – but no wine!!

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