Win! This week on Tripadvisor Vines of Mendoza is the number one attraction in Mendoza! Thanks to all of the Tripadvisor members who were nice enough to write glowing reviews for us on the website!
And while we agree that tasting wine at The Vines is the best thing to do while in Mendoza, here are some other great Mendoza activities to enjoy! Parque General San Martin There’s nothing like a picnic in the park! On the western edge of the city center, Parque San Martin is a lush refuge ideal for exercising, sunbathing, or just a serene afternoon by the lake. This massive green space offers everything from miles of walking and biking paths to a golf course to the local zoo! Climb to the top of Cerro de la Gloria (Hill of Glory) to see sweeping views of mountains and Mendoza and an impressive statue of San Martin himself. Potrerillos Dam Itching to get out of the city? Potrerillos is the launching point for many of Mendoza’s adventure excursions.
Be it climbing, trekking, or white-water rafting, you can find guides for all of these in this tiny mountain town. Even if you’re just looking for a peaceful day in the mountains, the lake created by the dam offers stunning views and the paths around the lake allow you to take in the scenery from a variety of different viewpoints. Mercado Central Snuggled in the heart of the city is a culinary treasure! Mercado Central has everything from cumin to whole trout to liters of olive oil.
Here, you’ll find all of your epicurean needs for creating that fancy dinner or stocking up for Sunday asado. Aromas of fresh-baked bread mingle with frying empanadas and pizza just out of the oven. Plaza Independencia Cotton candy, hippy crafts, magicians, and more! Mendoza’s most central plaza is always a buzz of activity, even until the wee hours of the morning. Soak up sun by the fountain while enjoying a frosty cone from one of Mendoza’s many fantastic ice cream shops. For a bit of culture, pop into the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno or check out a play at the Teatre Julio Quintanilla, both located in the center of the plaza. Biking Around Maipu An excellent alternative way to enjoy the local wines, biking around Maipu allows you to visit the wineries on your own schedule while working off some of that bife de chorizo from last night!
Stop by Mr. Hugo or Bikes and Wines to pick up a sturdy cycle and a map of local bodegas. Riding down the tree-lined route, you’re treated to an impressive view of the Andes rising behind miles of vineyards. Some recommended bodegas to visit in Maipu include Carinae, Tempus Alba, and La Rural, where you can tour the extensive wine museum. On the route back to town, don’t forget to stop by the local artisan beer bar and the chocolate factory!