A visit to Argentina wouldn’t be complete without a couple of days in wine country, and we found Mendoza to be the perfect place to start our trip.
We flew into Mendoza in the morning and spent the day exploring around town. We walked through the Aristides neighborhood, through the Mercado Central, and around General San Martin park. The city is super walkable!
Mendoza is home to Argentina’s wine country, so we couldn’t miss out on a chance to sample some amazing wines while we were there. We spent our second day with Mendoza Wine Camp touring the Lujan de Cuyo wineries and had an incredible time! For my full post on why you should DEFINITELY go on this excursion while in Mendoza, check here.
We spent our third day in Mendoza on an Andes Mountain Bus Tour that we booked here. The tour included a morning pick-up at our hotel, and then we drove along the Pan-American highway to the beautiful Aconcqagua mountain. We had time to explore on our own here, then headed back towards the Puente del Inca where we also had time to explore. It was about $70 a person for the day (including lunch!), and totally worth every penny.
Where to stay in Mendoza:
Wine Country: Posada Verde Oliva
For our first two nights, we stayed at the Posada Verde Oliva in Maipu. I loved absolutely everything about this place. It has an olive grove on the property, a swimming pool, and charming rooms. Plus, they fed us an incredible dinner our first night (at no additional charge), and they had a wine cellar where you could buy wine to enjoy in the yard. I wish I could have stayed here forever, so make sure to check this out when you book your trip to Mendoza!
Mendoza Town: Gran Hotel Venus
Our final night, we chose to stay in Mendoza town since we had an early flight out the next day. Our hotel wasn’t anything spectacular, but we also didn’t spend much time in our room, so if you need a quick and easy place that’s centrally located, the Gran Hotel Venus will do the trick. More info here.
Where to eat in Mendoza:
We had amazing meals everywhere we went in Argentina. Some favorites in Mendoza include Casa de Campo (near the Posada outside of town) and Azafran (in Mendoza town). Azafran is pretty hard to get into, so make sure to call a couple days ahead to book a reservation.
Note: Argentina is known for it’s meat, but as a vegetarian, I had some of the best meals of my life here. I usually just asked for a veggie plate, which includes endless grilled vegetables and usually some cheese too.
Have recommendations of your own for Mendoza? Let me know!