Mendoza is the most important city in the West of Argentina. The city was founded in the 16th century and it was later reconstructed in a European style, after a devastating earthquake hit Mendoza in 1861. It has a population of almost 1.5 million. This picturesque city features wide avenues traversed by small riverbeds and irrigation canals, five main legendary squares and several bars and coffee shops found alongside the wide pavements, shadowed by a variety of trees. Mendoza is also a culturally rich city that has the best wines and ski resorts. It is one of the most chosen tourist destinations because of the various interesting activities available in the region. Extreme sports such as rafting, climbing or kayaking are very popular.
In Mendoza there are many places to visit. Some of the them include a city tour along the area where the Foundation of the city took place, museums and the Escorihuela Winery. Other must see places are: San Martin Park, located at the foot of the Andes and famous for its indigenous horticulture, zoo and national science museum; and Laguna del Diamante, a mirror of bluish waters showing a magnificent reflection of the Maipu volcano. On the route to the Andes you shouldn't miss Puente del Inca, a natural formation over the Cuevas River where it is possible to bathe in ancient thermal baths.
San Martin Park: Forested park with a zoo and the amphitheater where many of the events of the wine harvest festival, Vendimia take place. Here is the Cerro de la Gloria monument honoring General Jose de San Martín. There is a large lake inside the park, and restaurants, camping spots, and extensive gardens.
Fiesta National de la Vendimia: Mendoza's largest festival, a fitting celebration of the major industry of the area. Beginning in January and February with a number of regional events, each with music, dances, parades, and of course, wine tasting.
Historical Center: It is grounded by the Plaza Pedro del Castillo, where the Museo Fundacional sits on the site of the old cabildo. The San Francisco Ruins (Ruinas de San Francisco) are what's left of the seventeenth century church and school built and maintained by the Jesuits.
Plaza España: Considered one of the most beautiful in Mendoza, it invites you for a quiet stroll or a rest on the benches to enjoy the gardens and the fountains. On weekends an Artisan's Fair offers local handcrafts..
Nightlife: Mendoza's many restaurants and bars offer a selection of regional and international cuisine. The bars, pubs, restaurants and discos are centrally located on Calle Aristides or Calle Sarmiento and in Chacras de Coria, the best place to enjoy dark to dawn clubbing.
Wine Route: Include a visit to the Wine Museum to your tours of some of Mendoza's wineries, including Santa Ana vineyards and cellars, Escorihuela and López cellars, Maipu and many others.