Mendoza Tours and Excursions

Mendoza Tours and Excursions , Argentina

Winery tours, cycling, horseback riding, and a full-day road trip to the High Andes are just some of the tour options.

Argentina has literally taken the international wine world by storm. Coming out of near obscurity, the Argentine wine industry has shown the world’s wine professionals and consumers the incredible potential for quality in its high altitude, mountain vineyards.

The international press has been gracious with its praise and recognition. In 2009, the respected pages of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate awarded Argentina no fewer than 200 wines rated above 90 points.

While consumers throughout the world have been excited by the reasonable prices of these wines, they have been frustrated by the difficulty finding the rather limited amount of bottles produced. Let us show you these exceptional wineries that are rewriting the history of Argentine wine.

Mendoza has a wide variety of wineries, actually there are 1,341 active wineries in the province of Mendoza and the cultivated area is one of 226,450 hectares, a mere 3% of the province’s total surface area. The main wine areas can be divided into 5 different regions, each subdivided into many different terroirs.

Northern area (Lavalle): Altitude ranges from 600m (1968 ft) to 700m (2296ft) above sea level. The region is suitable for white grapes such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Torrontes. Among red varieties there is Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda and Malbec.

Eastern Area (Maipu): Altitude ranges from 600m (1968 ft) to 750m (2460 ft) above sea level. Years ago, this area traditionally grew the majority of grapes. The region still constitutes a real wine power in terms of volume, considering the vineyard planted surface and the wineries located there. All the major wine varieties are cultivated in this region.

Upper Mendoza River Valley (Lujan de Cuyo): Altitude ranges from 900m (3000 ft) to 1000 (3700 ft) above sea level. This is a beautiful area dominated by the fantastic view of the Cordon del Plata and home to many of the most prestigious wineries. The most renowned districts include Agrelo and Perdriel. Malbec is the emblematic wine variety of this area.

Uco Valley (Tupungato & San Carlos): Altitude reaches up to 1,500m (5,000 ft) above sea level. A high altitude Andean valley, Uco is a vast area with many different terroirs. This absolutely gorgeous area is dominated by spectacular views of Mt. Tupungato.

Southern Area (San Rafael): Altitude ranges from 450m (1476 ft) to 800m (2627 ft) above sea level. Three hours from Mendoza City.

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Agrelo

The prime winery area in Mendoza, Agrelo is where many of the best-known export oriented Argentine wineries are located. If there is a Napa Valley in Mendoza, this is it. No shopping malls here, only some of the biggest names in Argentine wine.

 Classic Agrelo Tours

45 kms. (28 miles) from downtown. Tours include lunch, top shelf wine tastings, chilled water, snacks. Wine and restaurant tips included. Full-day.

 Bodega Catena Zapata – Catena Alta Tasting

The family winery of revolutionary Argentine vintner Nicolas Catena, Bodega Catena Zapata is widely recognized as the pioneering winery which has shown the international wine community the true quality potential of the Mendoza terroir.

International wine guru Robert Parker named Bodega Catena Zapata as the only South American winery in his latest book, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates.

 Finca Decero Winery – Gourmet Lunch at the Winery

Once a bare patch of dirt in the foothills of the Andes, Finca de Cero is now a one-of-a-kind vineyard, where each vine is nurtured by hand and the winemaking is without compromise.

Free from restraint and tradition, the creators of the winery developed an ‘amano' or ‘by hand' approach that is human, sustainable and sensitive to natural differences. Includes lunch at the winery paired with wines.

 Benegas Winery – Private Visit and Tasting

This traditional winery belonged to the family of Gladys Alurralde Norton, mother of current owner Federico J. Benegas Lynch. Federico was actually born in the property’s main house, where he still lives to this day.

Throughout his childhood, he worked every step of the way, helping his father in the winemaking process. Benegas is focused on quality and celebrating its Finca Libertad terroir. They believe in the judicious use of oak, maintaining it as a background component in the wine. Tannins should be balanced and the finish long. Their total production is only 30,000 cases.

Michelle Roland says, “Benegas wines have a strong personality which is the result of a very unique terroir for its quality and the combination of French and Argentine traditions. The wines are a reflection of Frederico Benegas Lynch’s passion and his constant search for excellence.”

Lujan de Cuyo

This day is especially designed for those that want to discover small, boutique wineries, the new, up and coming in Argentina, those producers that take special care, the estates that make small lots of hand crafted wines.

 Classic Lujan de Cuyo Tours

45 kms. (28 miles) from downtown. Tours include lunch, top shelf wine tastings, chilled water, snacks. Wine and restaurant tips included. Full-day.

 Matervinis Winery – Private Visit and Tasting

This new boutique winery is dedicated to experimental soils.

Their founders, however, are not new to the winemaking world: Santiago Achaval and Roberto Chipresso former owners, founder and winemakers of acclaimed Achaval Ferrer.

Today, through their new project, they aim to the exploration of the oldest geologies of Pre-Cordillera soils and their impact on wine personality and flavors.

With a very limited production of wines and concentrating in high quality, these pioneers are already making a revolution in the industry

 Caelum Winery – Visit & Tasting

Caelum is a family project that was born in 2009. After more than ten years of dedicated farm work and selling grapes to neighboring wineries, they decided to complete the cycle of the vine elaborating wine.

With a small production of 40,000 cases, this winery is now expanding their capacity to 90,000 for the 2012 season. The beautiful and cozy winery is surrounded not only by vineyards, but also by pistachio trees. In April during the pistachio harvest and drying process all tastings are accompanied by pistachios.

 Pulenta Winery – Visit & Tasting with lunch overlooking the vineyards

Surrounded by 53 hectares of 40-year-old vineyards, Carlos Pulenta Winery is the perfect result of modern technology and years of experimentation in high altitude vineyards.

Carlos Pulenta, fifth generation of argentine vintners is proud to present his winery to the world. This young winery is taking the interest of the international specialized press, especially after the launching of the Vistalba Corte A (91 points in The Wine Cellar), a 40% each Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Bonarda.

The winery has already gained an important award given by Great Wine Capitals of the World for Best of Architecture. Closed Sundays.

 Bodega Alta Vista – Visit & Tasting

Bodega Alta Vista is equally managed by Argentine and French directors, seeking to fuse the best of the Argentine and French tradition, creating superb wines of extremely high quality.

Highly awarded by the international press, Alta Vista produces outstanding wines such as Alta Vista Gran Reserve Terroir Selection 2003 (91 points Wine Spectator), Alta Vista Alto 2002 (93 points Wine Spectator), and Los Escasos, an experimented line of only 200 cases.

Located in Chacras de Coria and surrounded by vineyards, this winery delights visitors with its warm atmosphere.

Uco Valley

Off the beaten path, the Uco Valley is named after an Indian chief who ruled the area hundreds of years ago.

Still somewhat underdeveloped, top wineries found optimal soils to grow high quality grapes and are constructing monumental wineries in tribute to this magical land.

Intensely green, never ending vines, golden poplar trees along the dirt roads, and the snow-capped Mount Tupungato dominate this beautiful landscape.

 Classic Valle de Uco Tours

120 kms (75 miles) from downtown. Tours include lunch, top shelf wine tastings, chilled waters, snacks. Winery and restaurant tips included. Full-day.

 Pulenta Estate – Blind sensorial tasting followed by Pulenta Estate Wines

Pulenta family has been involved in the Argentine viticulture for three generations.

Sons of the well-known vinegrower Antonio Pulenta and descendants from Italian immigrants, Eduardo y Hugo Pulenta, gave birth to this winery in 2002, providing experience and the most qualified labor.

The austere, restrained winery building stands among the green vineyards and every detail responds to a vigilant attention to environmental care and is directed to the production of great wines by the combination of traditional styles and ultramodern technology.

Before the tasting we will conduct a sensorial tasting that will help you to identify descriptors typical form the Uco Valley Terroir.

 Bodega Salentein – Art Museum, Private Visit and Premium Tasting

Nominated by Wine & Spirit as Winery of the Year in 2003, Bodegas Salentein offers visitors a unique combination of top quality wines and a breath taking view of the Andes.

Located at 4,000’ above sea level and literally at the foot of the Andes, this winery has received several international awards in recognition of its excellent wines. Visit the Kilken Art Gallery where you will find an outstanding collection of local art. Private winery tour and premium tasting that includes Numina.

 Andeluna Cellars – Six-course lunch paired with wines

Located on 200 acres of mountain vineyards is the state-of-the-art winery of Andeluna. Set among the foothills of the Andes, Andeluna is a remarkably beautiful place.

Visitors enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding areas. There are four separate tasting areas to enjoy, and a walk on the grounds is the perfect way to experience the rich history and tradition of the winery while enjoying Argentina’s finest wines.

 Domain Bousquet Organic Vineyard – Visit and Tasting

Being one of the pioneers in Valle de Uco, Bousquet family bought the vineyards in 1998. Originally from Carcassone, France, the family moved to Mendoza to produce argentine wines with a French style.

Situated at 4000 feet of elevation, this vineyard is certified organic and the careful and dedicated work in the vineyard shows in all of their wines.

  Clos de los 7 – Private visit and lunch at the Winery (ultra-premium)

Clos de los Siete is an ambitious project, five state of the art wineries, up to 2,000 acres of vineyards, $60 million in investment, all with the aim to produce some of Argentina's greatest wines.

The main mover behind the project is Michel Rolland, who, following 15 years as a consultant in Argentina, concluded that this was the country to produce "grand vin" outside of Europe.

The seven partners of the Clos de los Siete group are also household names from France.

They are: Laurent Dassault, also from Bordeaux, whose family are the owners of Dassault Aviation, well known in France for the construction aircraft, including the famous Falcon passenger jet and Mirage fighter; Benjamin de Rothschild, of Chateau Clarke in Bordeaux, and the financing company, Edmond de Rothschild; the family Cuvelier from the St Julien property of Chateau Léoville Poyferré; the family d'Aulan of the Champagne house Piper Heidsick; Catherine Péré Vergé, former owner of the crystal manufacturer Cristal d'Arque, but also with interests in Bordeaux with Chateau Montviel and Chateau La Gravière.

Private VIP tour visits three wineries. Includes lunch at a winery accompanied by four wines.

 Uco Valley - Three Areas

Valle de Uco contains several micro terroirs that express their differences in the form of magnificent wines with ample styles.

Located In southwest of the valley and in the foothills of the mighty Andes, there are still some undiscovered areas where exciting things are happening. Today we propose to explore three DOCs: Los Arboles, Chañares and Altamira, the youngest and smallest DOC in Mendoza.

A young generation of winegrowers has re invigorated the region with their creativity, passion and knowhow, getting the full expression of local grape varieties. Building from boutique wineries to monumental ones and experimenting with original and bold ways of planting vines and producing limited editions of very particular wines, winemakers are settling here to achieve their dreams.

A great way to explore all areas in Uco Valley, noticing the differences not only in the view but also in the style of wines

 Gimenez Riili Winery

This is a family-run winery located in the southwest of Valle de Uco.

With a stunning view to the snowy Andes, this quaint winery will make you feel welcome immediately. The family has been involved in winemaking for over a century and it is now the turn of the five siblings, a third generation of viticulturist, to be in charge of the winery and vineyards.

Having estates in different terroirs of Mendoza, Gimenez Riili produces dark purple concentrated wines that blend different altitudes and highlight the virtues of each vineyard. By the hand of the Federico Gimenez Rilli, tour the winery and let yourself carry away by your senses.

 Salentein Winery - Art Museum, Private Visit and Premium Tasting

Nominated by Wine & Spirit as Winery of the Year in 2003, Bodegas Salentein offers visitors a unique combination of top quality wines and a breathtaking view of the Andes.

Located at 4,000’ above sea level and literally at the foot of the Andes, this winery has received several international awards in recognition of its excellent wines. Visit the Kilken Art Gallery where you will find an outstanding collection of local art.

Private Tour of the winery and premium tasting that includes Numina.

 Piedra Infinita

This is the new winery of the traditional Familia Zuccardi Wines.

Awarded by Great Wine Capitals with the Prize of the most beautiful winery in the world, Piedra Infinita produces small quantities of Limited edition wines of the highest quality.

Sebastian Zuccardi, a third generation of Zuccardi winemakers and named as the winemaker of the year by Gaucho Grill, is in charge of creating the wines that have reach the incredible scores of 97 points in Wine Spectator. Four-course lunch at the winery, paired with top rated Uco Wines

Maipu

Situated to the east of Mendoza and with a magnificent view of the Andes range, this terroir hosts the most traditional wineries of the region.

80 years old vineyards along the roads, either pergola or vertical shooting position, allows visitors to discover the reasons of different styles of Vineyard management. In the last years some young and prominent winemakers started their own projects, revitalizing the area and establishing a new paradigm.

 Benegas Winery

This traditional winery belonged to the family of Gladys Alurralde Norton, mother of current owner Federico J. Benegas Lynch.

Federico was actually born in the properties main house, where he still lives to this day. Throughout his childhood, he worked every step of the way, helping his father in the winemaking process. Benegas is focused on quality and celebrating its Finca Libertad terroir.

They believe in the judicious use of oak, maintaining it as a background component in the wine. Tannins should be balanced and the finish long. Their total production is only 30,000 cases. Michelle Roland says, “Benegas wines have a strong personality which is the result of a very unique terroir for its quality and the combination of French and Argentine traditions.

The wines are a reflection of Frederico Benegas Lynch’s passion and his constant search for excellence.”

 AMP Wines by Karim Mussi

In the heart of Maipu, stands this old restored winery.

This is a unique project where you can taste wines form not only Maipu but also Lujan and Uco Valley, all produced in small quantities by Karim Mussi. This young winemaker not only produces wines for his own projects but also consults for several renown wineries.

His prolific work allows visitors to basically try absolutely everything: From single vineyard wines, to wines from high altitude valleys and true expressions of micro terroirs. A sensorial trip travelling through the many corners of the Mendocinian Wine Country.

 Casa Vigil, En Enemigo Wines

Alejandro is, without a doubt, the winemaker who has obtain the most recognition in all South America.

With wines that have received 98 points, this young and innovated winemaker has position himself as one of the best in the world. Head winemaker for the Catena Zapata group, Vigil started his own wine line, El Enemigo and built his beautiful boutique winery in a new area: Chachingo. The winery is somehow laberintic and inspired in La Divina Comedia, with areas named after the book: Paradaise, Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. Four-course lunch with Gran Enemigo Wines (97 and 98 points Wine Advocate).

 Bodegas Caro

Caro winery was born by the dreams of Nicolas Catena from Argentina and Baron Rochild from Chateu Lafitte in France when they decided to make a wine that will be the true exponent of the two countries.

From that idea, Caro and Amancaya were born. This exclusive winery only produces top of the line wines in very small quantities.

Boasting the oldest Wine cellar in Mendoza and a completely restores building, Caro winery will surprise you for its refined French style. Conveniently located steps from 1884 restaurant, we suggest an exclusive wine tasting before dinner.

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Hikes

Mendoza offers the best setting for enjoying the outdoors all year around. Home of the higher peaks in the world, we invite you to discover the most amazing settings.

 Hiking the pre-Andes

Location and altitude will vary upon the client’s ability. Hikes are usually from 4 to 5 hours, stopping to admire the scenery and re-fuelling.

Expert guides, with several successful climbs of the Aconcagua, will accompany you on this journey. All places chosen will be off the beaten path and undiscovered by tourists. Some of the possible hikes: Chorro de la Vieja, Veguitas, Quebrada del Durazno, etc. The guide will carry snacks and chilled water. 

 Hiking in the Andes

From Aconcagua Park to Cerro Negro upon client’s ability and hotel location. Full days from 08:30 to 6 pm. Expert guides, with several successful climbs of the Aconcagua, will accompany you on this journey. A Gourmet Lunch box, fruit, cerarl bars will be carried for an outside improvised picnic to refuel.

 Hike Quebrada del Condor

This amazing place is a private owned Natural Reserve in the heart of the Andes. Located almost two hours from the city of Mendoza, the journey to the reserve should not discourage you: the views the whole way are absolutely amazing.

First, we will pass through Potrerillos spotting the turquoise lake, then a winded route with blue mountains in the back will conduct us to a high plane covered with bright yellow wild flowers.

The reserve is very well kept and only certified guides are allowed. The hike varies upon the client's request.

After your walk, enjoy a traditional barbeque lunch served by the owners.

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Bikes and Wine

 Three wineries Bike Tour with picnic – Lujan de Cuyo

An amazing day visiting 4 wineries and biking in the picturesque setting of Chacras de Coria and neighboring Vistalba, crossing vineyards, fruit orchards, and tree-lined streets.

This small, quaint village is an inviting spot to rest and relax among the profuse vegetation and babbling irrigation channels, making a favorite weekend and summer time destination.

 Vistalba Winery

Surrounded by 53 hectares of 40-year-old vineyards, Finca & Bodega Carlos Pulenta is the perfect result of modern technology and years of experience in high altitude vineyards.

Carlos Pulenta, fifth generation of Argentine vintners, is capturing the interest of the international press, especially after the launching of the Vistalba Corte A (91 points in The Wine Cellar) a 40% each Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Bonarda.

The winery has already gained an important Award given by Great Wine Capitals of the World: Best of Architecture in Winery.

 Visit to Chacras de Coria Town

Chacras de Coria is a quaint town located about 20 minutes from downtown Mendoza. A traditional weekend and vacation escape for Mendozans, Chacras de Coria is a beautiful area surrounded by vineyards and orchards.

Scattered with cozy inns and picturesque restaurants, Chacras invites visitors to pedal through its quiet, tree-lined streets. Don’t miss the simple but immaculately white-washed chapel, La Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, in front of the plaza. A small 19th century building, the chapel has Alamos wood beamed ceilings, a traditional element of Mendozan architecture.

 Clos de Chacras

An antique winery built in 1921 and founded by Don Bautista Gargantini with his father Bautista Jerónimo.Even though Clos de Chacras runs a very small operation they have already won two very important prices: two golden medals in the contest “Malbec al Mundo” in October 2006 and a Gold Medal at the Hyatt Wine awards for Gran Estirpe, their icon wine.

 Bodega Alta Vista

Equally managed by Argentine and French directors, seeking to fuse the best of the Argentine and French tradition, creating superb wines of extremely high quality.

Highly awarded by the international press, Alta Vista produces outstanding wines such as Alta Vista Gran Reserve Terroir Selection 2003 (91 points Wine Spectator), Alta Vista Alto 2002 (93 points Wine Spectator), and Los Escasos, an experimented line of only 200 cases.

Located in Chacras de Coria and surrounded by vineyards, this winery delights visitors with its warm atmosphere. Gourmet Picnic with wine & sparklings at the gardens.

 Full-day Biking the Uco Valley

No doubt Uco Valley offers one of the best settings for bike rides: amazing views of the Andes Mountains, deserted roads and great wineries to visit and enjoy a great lunch. Choose from a boutique or a monumental winery. Enjoy a 6-course gourmet lunch at Andeluna winery.

Option 1: Gimenez Riili Boutique Winery - have an intimate experience at this beautiful boutique winery.

Option 2: Salentein Winery - Have a private VIP visit and tasting in this icon winery, pioneer in pinot noirs.

 Familia Zuccardi - half-day Bike & Wine

Dynamic, all-questioning, forward-thinking are words used to describe the Zuccardi wine making team. The outwardly calm, all-smiling exterior conceals a passionate energy that pulses through the Zuccardi Company.

Known for its extensive experimentation with a multitude of different varietals, and specializing in Tempranillo, Familia Zuccardi is showing the vast diversity of the Mendozan terroir. Take a short ride through the vineyards and learn about vineyard management.

After the ride, visit the winery and enjoy some wine and cheese plate and hams picnic style or a 3-course lunch at Pan y Oliva Restaurant (Italian-Argentine Cuisine). Easy, 5 kms with stops for tastings.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy an amazing day in the foothills of the Andes. Experience the great views the majestic Andes have to offer - the flora and fauna of this high-altitude desert oasis.

Learn the names of the different cacti and birds that inhabit the area. Experience the rural life of the people that live and work in the mountains. The day is perfectly complemented with a wonderful typical Argentine barbeque.

 Horseback & Winery - Maipu

Enjoy an easy two-hour ride through the vineyards, passing through 80-year-old vineyards and old wineries followed by a a great lunch at Agostino Winery. The ride required no experience.

Finca Agostino is a beautiful winery located in the heart of Barrancas, an area to the east of Mendoza, surrounded by old vineyards planted around 80 years ago.

Off the beaten path and with a striking view of the Andes range, Finca Agostino will surprise you with its excellent gastronomy and friendly service. The winery was built in 2005 and it boasts the latest technology in winemaking.

 Horseback Uco Valley

Today you will start your day by horseback riding in the heart of the Andes Mountains. Guided by Ignacio, a local gaucho born and raised in the area.

The ride starts crossing old vineyards and then, after crossing a shallow river, we start ascending. No experience is required because tame horses will lead us easily to the top of a hill where we will be able to enjoy the magnificent view of the snowy mountains in the west and the green valleys in the East.

Includes a six-course lunch paired with wines at Andeluna Winery.

Cooking Classes

There is no better way to learn the secrets of a regional cuisine than by cooking it yourself.

We have teamed with the area's best chefs to create an interactive cooking experience which presents the region's wide array of fresh produce and ingredients while demonstrating the local culinary techniques and highlighting some of the most authentic dishes.

It's not all about learning, however. You will have the chance to feast upon the fruits of your labor with special wines hand selected by us to pair with your personal creations.

 Cooking Class & Winery Visit – Dominio del Plata Winery

In 1999, after working more than 25 years as a winemaker consultant for domestic and international wine companies, Susana Balbo decided to have her dream come true and started to build her own winery in the heart of Luján de Cuyo, in Mendoza.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, Dominio del Plata is characterized by its simple and unique architecture, designed for the production of high-end wines. Each grape variety is hand- harvested and carefully handled so as to maintain the fruit expression and achieve wines with a singular unique style. Dominio del Plata produced 3.000.000 bottles in 2009 and exported them to more than 36 countries all over the world, mostly to the United States.

After the cooking class, winery visit and tasting. Includes: preparation of three typical dishes, recipe booklet, visit to two wineries and wine tasting, lunch with wine.

 Cooking Class Uco Valley – Gimenez Rilli or Andeluna & Salentein Winery

This day combines the visit to the monumental architecture of Salentein Winery, Chapel and Art Museum with the hearty typical country food in Gimenez Rilli or Andeluna.

After lunch, visit to Salentein’s Winery and Art Museum. Includes: Preparation of several dishes (traditional with fires in Gimenez Riilli and Gourmet in Andeluna), recipe booklet, wine tasting and visit to the winery, Lunch, wine and waters.

 Cooking Class Maipu – Bodega Finca Agostino

This day combines a traditional cooking class in Finca Agostino with a great lunch. We suggest a winery visit after lunch.Includes: preparation of empanadas, homemade bread and barbeque, recipe booklet, wine tasting and visit to the winery, lunch with wine.

 Cooking Class at Zuccardi Families Winery and Olive Oil

This day combines wine and olive oil with a cooking class at one of the most traditional wineries of Mendoza - Zuccardi.

Pan y Oliva is a very unique restaurant. Inside of one of Argentina’s most traditional wineries, this restaurant focuses in a menu designed to be paired with the different varietals of olive oil.

Cooking Class and lunch with Zuccardi’s wines. After lunch, visit to the winery. Includes: preparation of homemade bread and pasta, recipe booklet, wine tasting and visit to the winery, lunch with wine.

 Cooking Class at a high-elevation ranch

This day combines amazing sceneries, outdoor activities, a cooking class and a glimpse into the life of the countryside. Includes: preparation of empanadas, homemade bread and barbeque, recipe booklet, horseback or hike, lunch and wine.

 Mendoza City Tour

We will lead an intimate tour of the city of Mendoza, from the picturesque settings of the city’s many plazas, to the manicured grounds of Parque San Martin, with its bird’s eye view of the city, to the extensive shopping experiences.

We will have you feeling at home in Mendoza’s beautiful, tree-lined streets in no time.

We will start the Orientation Tour discovering the history of Mendoza through the four main Plazas( Chile, San Martin, España and Italia); down town, the shopping area and the financial area.

The highlight is the Parque San Martin, considered to be the most beautiful Public Park in all Latin America. Designed by Carlos Thays, the Park was built in 1896.

Today the park has an extension of 389 hectares, and contains valuable sculptures and monuments, an artificial lake, several pedestrian walks, over 5000 roses, a campus university and several health clubs. Walk through there is a must, and we strongly encourage you to discover the perfectly manicured trees and bushes that are the pride of the city. We suggest starting around 9am to finish around 1pm.

Combine your tour of the city with a relaxed and delicious lunch at Fuente y Fonda.

Fuente y Fonda

Right across the Street from Plaza Italia, this is a new restaurant from Pablo del Rio. A more urban and simple concept, Fuente y Fonda offers simple, homemade argentine food.

The menu is very short and changes weekly, but everything there is worth trying, especially the “ milanesas”. Portions are to share as well as some community tables. The wine list is small but has the greatest picks from boutique wineries and rare cult wines. Dessert is on the house.

 Day in the Andes - Aconcagua National Park

Private transfer from the hotel to the heart of the majestic Andes. A winding, two hour drive allows you to enjoy the breath taking scenerary and natural wonder of this unique mountain range.

Enjoy criollo lunch in a typical parrila or steakhouse, surrounded by the impressive view of Andes.

After lunch, arrive at the Puente del Inca, a natural rock formation that forms a bridge across the high altitude Mendoza River. Continue to the Aconcagua National Park and visit the Laguna de Los Horcones, complete with a breathtaking view of the mighty Aconcagua, at 6,900 meters above sea level, the highest mountain in all the Americas. Hike the Horcones Lagoon, a water reservoir fed by the white melted snow. Duration – 8:30 to 6:00, approx.

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Estancias

 Full-day High Altitude Ranch - Las Carreras area

A high-altitude mountain ranch, the Estancia offers a glimpse into the life of the Andean countryside. Enjoy a traditional Argentine barbecue accompanied by top end wines from among the wineries to be visited throughout the wine tour of Mendoza. Choose from hikes, mountain bikes of horseback riding through the mountains.

 Premium High Altitude Ranch – Rancho e Cuero

This exclusive high altitude ranch is located in Las Carreras area. Located almost two hours from the city of Mendoza, the journey to the reserve should not discourage you: the views the whole way are absolutely amazing.

First, we will pass through Potrerillos area with the light turquoise lake, then a winded route with blue mountains in the back will conduct us to this high plane covered with bright yellow wild flowers. To enter the “estancia” we have to climb in 4 x 4 trucks.

The Ranch has lodging and also receives guests to horseback and have a great barbeque lunch served by the owners of the place.

 Astronomical Tour

You will be met at your hotel and transferred to a local vineyard.

From here, you will observe the magnificent summer sky of Mendoza with its most important stars: Orion, Taurus, the Pleiades, and other celestial bodies in the Northern Sky.

In the Southern sky you will see: The Southern Cross, Argos (the Ship), the constellations that were baptized during the America Discovery Trips, the Magallanes Clouds, galaxies, and satellites from “Vía Láctea” (the Milky Way), our galaxy.

The atmosphere at the vineyards will take you back in time to when the ancient cultures consulted the sky, which worked as a compass, a clock, and a calendar, to know the seedtime and harvest times. Includes: bilingual guide, vehicle, wine tasting, table of cheese & cold cuts.

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