MENDOZA - NEIGHBORHODDS
Downtown Mendoza is the bustling heart of the city, it is spread across the valley of Rio Mendoza and sits in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The city is surrounded by spectacular sprawling countryside filled with vibrant vineyards and wineries and offers its visitors gastronomic delights and award-winning world-class wines. Tree-lined streets branch off to sprawling parks and public plazas with shopping and dining opportunities surrounding them. The city center has an abundance of accommodations including international chains such as the Sheraton and Park Hyatt. Many of the central hotels offer views of the majestic Andes Mountains, most of the downtown accommodations surround the popular Independence Plaza, set in the heart of the city. There are five main squares in the city, their geographical positions represent the number five on a dice. The squares offer grassy lawns, colorful gardens, and glimmering fountains, they are the host of markets, concerts and art exhibitions on the weekends.
Chacras de Coria
The small charming town of Chacras de Coria is a beautiful location situated just 8 miles outside of Mendoza City. The upper-class suburb is famous for its sprawling vineyards and wineries and fine restaurants. Visitors can stay in first-class boutiques and also has plenty of museums to offer in a well-maintained area which is safe and offers some of the most picturesque scenery in the country. The main tree-lined streets are brimming with quaint cafes, boutiques, and antique stores. Places to stay come in the form of small `Fincas` or Paradors, which are privately owned, providing visitors with cozy accommodations. There is a small square in the heart of town where a church and the town hall can be found, large trees line the streets where vibrant private gardens blossom. Some of the best cuisines can be found in Chacras de Coria along Viamonte and Mitre Streets where steakhouses and local cuisine can be enjoyed. The chic center of town is great for shopping in the day and a vibrant party scene at night with some of the best nightclubs in Mendoza.
Lujan de Cuyo
The Lujan de Cuyo region is situated 12.5 miles south of the city of Mendoza, right in the heart of wine country. This sleepy suburb is home surrounded by beautiful vineyards and wineries in the Maipu Valley which is the best region for Malbec. The town boasts luxury accommodations set in breathtaking scenery including the mountains and lush vibrant countryside. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and attractions in Lujan including the Casa de Fadar museum. Outdoor activities are in abundance in this colorful wine region where horseback riding, hiking, and white water rafting are popular activities.
The Maipu region is situated right in the heart of the largest concentration of wineries in Argentina, there are more than 150 in the area with some of them being the oldest winemakers in the region. The area has great historical importance for producing wine with over two thirds of the country`s wine originating here. Situated on the southeastern side of Mendoza city center in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, shaded by Mount Aconcagua with altitudes that range from 2,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level, warm daily average temperatures and cool nighttime lows that are all essential in the winemaking production.
Maipu is home to museums, restaurants, shops and is also a large producer of olive oil. Visitors can reside in quaint hotels, posadas or wine lodges found throughout the town in the midst of sprawling olive fields and fruit orchards. Taking a bike tour or horseback riding around the expansive countryside here is a wonderful experience, stopping at one of the many Bodega`s for wine tasting and a picnic is a great way to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle in Maipu.
Tupungato is a small town located 53 miles away from the city of Mendoza and has the title of the High Wine and Nut Capital of Argentina. Mount Tupungato volcano is one of the highest mountains found in the Americas. It is a thriving city and part of the Uco Valley where modern buildings arise in the midst of some of the highest peaks in Argentina. Tupungato is a region known for producing Malbec, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The town has a small main plaza and is decorated with older houses, a town hall and a small fire station. There are fountains and figures of General Jose de San Martin along with cute cafes with outdoor seating along the main avenue. Nono Coletto and Mirador de Estrellas are boutique wineries found in the heart of the town where tastings can be enjoyed. The main accommodations found in Tupungato are guest houses and apartments for rent along with cozy cabins.
The magnificent sprawling Uco Valley is situated 62 miles south of Mendoza, it is known as the Napa Valley of Argentina. It is the largest wine producing region in Latin America boasting over 800 wineries and a popular destination for wine lovers traveling along the Argentina Wine Route. The area experiences over 250 sunny days during the year and sits at an altitude of 3,000 - 5,000 feet with fertile soil and a cool microclimate all combined to produce the best wines. The expansive valley stretches 45 miles long and runs 15 miles wide on the slopes of the Andes, along the Tunuyan River surrounded by rows of vineyards and orchards, set in the colorful countryside. Tunuyan is the main town found in the valley which offers accommodations in a remote and favorable location with quaint local restaurants and shops close by. Luxury accommodations can also be found in the valley with resorts and spas offering villas with spectacular views. There is an abundance of Bodegas to visit while staying in Uco Valley, notable ones include Bodega la Azul and Bodega Salentein.