It covers a vast area of 148,827 km2, located in the central-west of Argentina at the foot of the Andes Mountains, the highest in America. The province can be reached by plane or overland via Routes 40 and 143 cross Mendoza north to south, and Route 7, the bi-oceanic corridor, which crosses the country from east to west, connecting Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. Along with the neighboring provinces of San Juan, San Luis and La Rioja, Mendoza forms the region of Cuyo.
The weather is pleasant, warm and with little rain. The average annual temperature in January is 23 °C, to February 22 °C, March 20 ° C, ° C April 14°C, May 11 ° C, June and July 7 ° C, August 9 ° C, 13 ° C September, October 16th C, November 20°C and December 22 ° C ° C. Average annual rainfall is 236 mm. The sun has a covenant with this land, and converts the diaphanous skies another attraction for visitors. These climatic conditions coupled with the existence of thaw rivers and the work of man have transformed the desert soil in urban and rural oasis where it is gratifying to live and learn.
Mendoza’s urban areas have grown in the shade of trees that become singular in city-forests, where the care of the forest, ditches and plazas, sidewalks and streets, are part of a unique cultural tradition in the country. The capital was founded in 1561, in the valley of Huentota near the ancient irrigation canals made by the natives “huarpes”. This old city of mud or for their use adobe city was left in ruins after the earthquake in 1861, building later the new town to its west, along the foothills.
Recreation and Leisure
Today Mendoza has all the amenities of the big cities of the world, a wide cultural, commercial and recreational proposal and an offer of accommodation from one to five stars, apart-hotels, hostels, cabins and campsites throughout the country. Casinos, clubs, theaters, museums, wine-bars, pubs, a rich cultural and artistic activity, adventure tourism, ski centers multifarious choices of international and regional cuisine, make the offer for recreation and leisure. In addition, both cities and some high mountain centers, have specific and complementary equipment for congresses and fairs, where it is possible to combine work with pleasure.
Mendoza is the leading wine country in South America, and as such produces and exports wine to several countries, especially its distinctive variety, Malbec. It is also a major producer of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot, Chardonnais, Semillon, Chenin, Bonarda, etc. Through “Wine Roads” excursions, you can enjoy the partnership between tourism and the products of our land. In Mendoza countryside aromas of grapes, cherries, peaches, plums and a wide range of vegetables and fruits are mixed.
The Stone Sentinel
The Aconcagua, the summit of the Americas from 6962 masl leads across this province, where the generous geography mountains, eternal snow, valleys, rivers, springs, plains, deserts and magical oasis offer possibilities to enjoy 365 days a year.