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Mendoza in Argentina is the Malbec capital of the world, and a must for wine lovers! But this city doesn't just have great wineries to offer. It is known for its stunning nature, fun adventure activities, and incredible hot spring resort. Mendoza is a city that is truly for any kind of traveler, no matter what your style, or how old you are.


Fede has family in Mendoza, so it was a matter of time before we finally made it there, and let me tell you- it did not disappoint!


We spent 4 full days in Mendoza to kick of our 2024, and it was packed with delicious food, strong wine, and lot's of adventure. We're not only sharing a complete guide for Mendoza in Argentina, but we also have group trips that we're offering shortly! This guide will help you with everything you need to know to have the perfect trip, and is packed with local tips and hidden gems.

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Where is Mendoza in Argentina?

Mendoza is located in the west of Argentina, hugging the Andes mountains, and is just across the border from Santiago, Chile. Being so close to the border, it is even more easily accessible from Chile's capital than Argentina's.

where is Mendoza in Argentina

Mendoza is located on the west of Argentina along the Andes.


How to Get to Mendoza in Argentina

Mendoza in Argentina can be reached by flight, bus, or by renting a car. We're going to go over the details of each one, so that you can find the option best for you.


Where Do You Fly Into For Mendoza?

Mendoza has its own airport, which is just 10 km north of the city, or a 15-20 minute drive away from the center.


Mendoza is most commonly reached by flying from Buenos Aires or Santiago, Chile, and also can be flown to from Cordoba, Neuquen, Panama City, and Sao Paulo. In addition, there are plans for direct flights to Mendoza from Spain, so that hopefully will be available soon for those coming from Europe!


How Far in Mendoza from Buenos Aires by Plane?

Mendoza is just under a 2-hour flight from Buenos Aires, which is much better than the 12 hour drive it would take.


Fun Fact: While flying in and out of Mendoza in Argentina, you don't have to check your liquids. That means you can take bottles of wine with you, even if you don't have a checked bag!


How Do I Get from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina?

Ironically, the capital of Chile is much closer than Argentina's capital, and you can easily get to Mendoza in Argentina from Santiago by car in 5-6 hours, or by a quick 1-hour flight.


Some people rent a car to do the drive, but it is also common to take a bus from Santiago to Mendoza. The flight is quicker, and has stunning views, while the bus ride does take longer, but is a bit cheaper, and super scenic!

views flying into Mendoza in Argentina

When you fly from Santiago to Mendoza you go right over the Andes.

Renting a Car to Get to Mendoza in Argentina

If you are coming from Santiago, the drive is incredible, and also has cool things to see along the way. The drive from Buenos Aires is not too exciting, but if you are coming from Patagonia or from the north of Argentina, you'll make it to Mendoza by driving straight along route 40.


driving from Chile to Mendoza in Argentina
driving from Chile to Mendoza in Argentina
driving from Chile to Mendoza in Argentina

The ride from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza in Argentina is super scenic.

Route 40 is the main route that goes through Argentina from north to south, and it has a ton of incredible things to see along the way.


Taking a Bus to Mendoza in Argentina

Buses of course take a bit more time than a car, but are a great option for those that want to do a budget-friendly (or more adventurous) option.


Here are the most popular bus routes to Mendoza in Argentina:

How Do You Get to Mendoza Wine Country?

There are a few wine regions around Mendoza. The closest one to the city is Lujan de Cuyo, which is 25 minutes south of the center. The most popular area of vineyards with the most famous wineries is in the Uco Valley, which is about an hour and a half south west from the city of Mendoza.


To get to Lujan de Cuyo you can easily take bus 700, 710, or 711 from Mendoza city, or you can get a taxi or Uber.


In order to get to the Uco Valley, you'll probably have to get an Uber if you don't have a car, as we haven't been able to find any way there with public transportation. We would advise you to confirm with whatever winery you plan on visiting though, as some may have alternative options.


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Argentina Entry Requirements

Now that you know how to get to Mendoza in Argentina, let's go over the entry requirements for Argentina in general.


What Do US Citizens Need to Enter Argentina?

US citizens only need a valid passport to enter Argentina, and can stay for a period of up to 90 days without a visa. I go in and out of Argentina all of the time, and find the customs officers to always be warm and welcoming to foreigners when they arrive.


Visa Entry Requirements for Other Countries to Visit Argentina

Argentina is quite welcoming, and almost every nationality can enter visa-free for 90 days. The only nationalities that need to apply for a travel authorization are those from Kosovo, Nauru, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Taiwan, Tonga, and Tuvalu.


Is Health Insurance Required to Enter Argentina?

Health insurance is not required to enter Argentina, nor are any specific vaccinations necessary to have before visiting.


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Local Adjustments for Mendoza in Argentina

When traveling to a new country, it's important to learn about local adjustments such as tipping culture, language, currency, and what plug adapter you'll need. Here are the basics for traveling to Mendoza in Argentina.


What Language is Spoken in Mendoza, Argentina?

Spanish is the offiical language in Argentina. While Buenos Aires has a thicker "traditional Argentinean accent", you'll find in Mendoza that they sound a bit different. They're "ll and y" sound is much smoother, and they speak a tad more similar to Chileans (but are much easier to understand!).


What Currency is Used in Mendoza, Argentina?

Mendoza uses the Argentinean peso. Argentina is actually one of the most unique countries in the world when it comes to currency exchange, so you'll want to read our Blue Dollar Travel Guide before visiting!


What Plug Adapter Do I Need for Mendoza in Argentina?

Mendoza uses plug type I, which has three prongs- the bottom one which is vertical, and the two above it which are slanted towards one another. 


Argentina runs on a 220 V supply voltage and 50 Hz. There are very few countries that use this same plug type, two of them being Australia and New Zealand. If you are coming from any other country, you will need to get a travel adapter.


Can You Drink Tap Water in Mendoza?

The water is perfectly safe to drink from the tap in Mendoza! We suggest bringing a reusable water bottle so that you can be a more eco-friendly traveler and save money.


What is the Tipping Etiquette in Argentina?

The general tipping etiquette in Argentina is to leave an extra 10% on top of your bill. This is typically for sit-down meals, and does not apply to coffee shops, nail salons, or taxi drivers, whom are typically not expected to receive tips.


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The Best Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina

Now that you know all of the basics for visiting Mendoza in Argentina, here are the best things to do while there.

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Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #1: Explore the City Center

While traveling to any new city, you'll want to see the center to get a feel for what local life is like, and see historical monuments, plazas, and other sites.


Unlike Buenos Aires, the city of Mendoza doesn't have a whole ton of sightseeing. However, we would suggest to save a couple of hours for exploring the city, and to sign up for a free walking tour.


The top spots to check out are the 5 main plazas which are all just blocks away from eachother. The largest square is Plaza Independencia, where you can find the Mendoza sign, an artesan market, and a museum. Then around it there are 4 squares that are each two square blocks away to the north west, northeast, southwest, and southeast. These plazas are Plaza Chile, Plaza Italia, Plaza San Martin, and Plaza España.


plaza in Mendoza, Argentina
plaza in Mendoza, Argentina
plaza in Mendoza, Argentina
plaza in Mendoza, Argentina
plaza in Mendoza, Argentina

Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #2: Climb to the Top of Cerro de la Gloria

Other than the plaza in the city, there is a large park to the west of the city center called Parque General San Martin to check out. At the west end of the park there is a large hill that you can climb up for some beautiful views of the park below, which is called Cerro de la Gloria.


After a 35-45 minute steep walk up you'll be rewarded with a beautiful monument, as well as 360-degree views around you, and a nice place to enjoy the sunset.


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #3: Visit a Winery

If there's one thing you must do while visiting Mendoza in Argentina, it is certainly to go to one of the wineries! You can easily find a variety of options, from simple tastings to complete vineyard tours and tasting menus.


You can either make a day of it and spend several hours at just one winery, or you can go on a wine tour which takes you to a few different bodegas in one day.


Keep in mind many wineries require a reservation, and a lot of them close by 4:00 or 5:00, so make sure to plan accordingly!


winery at Mendoza in Argentina
winery at Mendoza in Argentina
winery at Mendoza in Argentina
winery at Mendoza in Argentina
winery at Mendoza in Argentina

Going to a winery is a must while visiting Mendoza in Argentina!

The Best Mendoza Argentina Wineries

Here are some of the top Mendoza Argentina wineries to add to your bucket list:

  • Zaccardi (Valle de Uco)
  • Salenstein (Valle de Uco)
  • Trapiche (Maipu)
  • Catena Zapata (Lujan de Cuyo)
  • Terrazas de los Andes (Lujan de Cuyo)
  • Santa Julia (Maipu)
  • Rosell Boher (Lujan de Cuyo)

Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #4: Cycle & Sip

Looking to check out some of the wineries but do something a bit different? Well, you can actually cycle on a big shared bike from one winery to the next. Taking a tour with Wine Beetle is super fun, and a great group activity!


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #5: Check Out the National Wine Museum

Want to learn about more about the history of wine in Mendoza and the Andes? Well, this beautiful museum in Maipu is full of fun info, and is free of charge to visit. It's open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, on Saturdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm.


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #6: Soak in Cacheuta Springs

Looking to relax your muscles and enjoy the beautiful nature of Mendoza? Well, just an hour outside of the capital is one of the most beloved establishments for visitors of Mendoza in Argentina.


Cacheuta Spa has two different areas- it's more popular set of pools for all ages, and an adults-only spa for those wanting a quieter experience.


We have a full article coming up about Cacheuta, so stay tuned!


Cacheuta, things to do in Mendoza in Argentina
Cacheuta, things to do in Mendoza in Argentina
Cacheuta, things to do in Mendoza in Argentina


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #7: Relax at Potrerillos

Right up the road from Cacheuta is one of the most beautiful places in Mendoza.


Potrerillos features a large dam on the Mendoza River, which is great for going for a dip, sunbathing, or simply relaxing with friends and family. We also suggest stopping at the viewpoint, which is on the way from Potrerillos to Cacheuta Spa.


Potrerillos, where to visit in Mendoza, Argentina
Potrerillos, where to visit in Mendoza, Argentina
Potrerillos, where to visit in Mendoza, Argentina
Potrerillos, where to visit in Mendoza, Argentina

Potrerillos is one of the most beautiful areas of Mendoza in Argentina.

Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #8: Go Rafting on the Mendoza River

One of the top activities in Mendoza is rafting down the Mendoza River. It is just 20 minutes north of Potrerillos, and it is super fun for the adventure lovers out there. We went with Rio Aventura, which is one of the oldest rafting companies in all of South America!


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #9: Sign Up For Adventure Activities

Rio Aventura doesn't only have rafting, but they have a ton of other fun activities as well! You can zip line across the river, rapel down the mountains, or go for a trek. We spent the whole afternoon with them, and had a great time trying the different adventure activities that they had to offer.

rapel in Mendoza, Argentina
rapel in Mendoza, Argentina
rapel in Mendoza, Argentina

Rapelling with Rio Aventura

Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #10: Visit the Tunnels

Just up the road from Potrerillos are these iconic tunnels that are on the main road. We'll be honest- we're not so sure what the massive hype is about, but it's a site that everyone has on their list when they go to Mendoza.


tunnels of Potrerillos, Mendoza in Argentina
tunnels of Potrerillos, Mendoza in Argentina
tunnels of Potrerillos, Mendoza in Argentina


We personally loved the drive itself, especially going up further north towards Uspallata, where you can witness beautiful rock formations and colors just off the side of the road like the ones below.


colorful rocks near Mendoza in Argentina
colorful rocks near Mendoza in Argentina
colorful rocks near Mendoza in Argentina

Look out for the colorful rock formations on the side of the road!

Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #11: Check Out Puente del Inca

Looking for more color and a unique site? Puente del Inca is a natural arch that has formed over the river, with geothermal springs below it. Although you can't soak in the springs anymore, it certainly is a cool thing to see while in Mendoza.


It's actually off the side of the highway leading into Chile, so we would suggest adding this to your itinerary if you are doing a road trip, or are planning on visiting Santiago after so that it isn't a big detour.


Puente del Inca, things to do in Mendoza, Argentina
Puente del Inca, things to do in Mendoza, Argentina
Puente del Inca, things to do in Mendoza, Argentina

If you don't have a car or aren't planning on also crossing over to Chile, then this day trip is a good option which includes Puente del Inca, as well as other nearby attractions.

It is much colder here than other areas near Mendoza! Make sure to dress warm, even if you are visiting in the summer months. (It was 2 degrees when we went in January).


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #12: Explore Villavicencia Nature Reserve

Just 45 minutes north of the city of Mendoza is a beautiful nature reserve called Villavicencia. It winds through the mountains and offers great views, and has a ton of wildlife! We saw condors and guanacos while we were driving through. The road leads from Mendoza to Uspallata, another popular small town north west of Mendoza.


You can simply drive the route for free (this will take a few hours), or you can also pay for a ticket to see the abandoned Villavicencia hotel, as well as a few other small attractions like gardens and a nature trail.


Villavicencia reserve, things to do in Mendoza, Argentina
Villavicencia reserve, things to do in Mendoza, Argentina
Guanaco, Mendoza in Argentina
Villavicencia reserve, things to do in Mendoza, Argentina

Villavicencia Reserve is a great area to admire the local wildlife.

If you aren't renting a car, and want to visit, then we suggest taking this tour to Villavicencia, which includes a barbecue, as well as a visit to Uspallata.


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #13: Go Glamping in Uspallata

Uspallata is the perfect area to spend a night if you plan on making the trip to Chile or if you plan on visiting Villavicencia Nature Reserve.


The town of Uspallata is super small, but it is surrounded by gorgeous nature, and really nice for those wanting to disconnect a bit. There are a couple of different glamping options in the area, making it a nice addition to your Mendoza itinerary.


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #14: Try Paragliding

Looking for some stunning views and adventure all in one? Well, you can go paragliding just outside the capital, and get picked up right from your hotel! Here are a couple of them that you can choose from.

Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #15: Enjoy a Traditional Asado

Mendoza in Argentina isn't just known for their wine, but also for their incredible meat. The best way to try the meat in Argentina surprisingly isn't from the restaurants, but by experiencing a traditional Argentinean barbecue, known by locals as an asado.


In this unique asado experience you'll actually get to dine on the rooftop of a local's home, trying a variety of the best meats in Argentina, with wine and storytelling included!

Argentinean asado, Mendoza in Argentina

Having a traditional asado is one of the most special local experiences you can have while in Argentina.

Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #16: Go On a Food Tour

You don't have to be a meat lover to appreciate the great food that Argentina has to offer (although it helps!). There are also plenty of great food tours that take you to different restaurants and wineries to try the local flavors that Mendoza has to offer.


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #17: Visit Manzano Historico

If you find yourself in the Uco Valley, then don't miss out on the adorable historic town of Manzano Historico.


It's free of charge to visit, and has a monument of San Martin, a small museum, a maze, and trails with beautiful views of the valley below.


Manzano Historico, things to do visiting Mendoza in Argentina
Manzano Historico, things to do visiting Mendoza in Argentina
Manzano Historico, things to do visiting Mendoza in Argentina
Manzano Historico, things to do visiting Mendoza in Argentina


Browse Plaza de Artesanos

Right across from the main tourist area of Manzano Historico you'll find a small craft market. Here there are people selling local goods and crafts made by the people of Manzano Historico. It's a great way to support the community, and take home a souvenir.

Plaza de artesanos, Manzano Historico
Manzano Historico, things to do visiting Mendoza in Argentina

Stop by Zohda Restaurant

Right as you drive into Manzano Historico you'll find this small but beautiful restaurant on the side of the road.


The guy who runs it is so sweet, and had us try a variety of local products such as tea, cheeses, and bread. They have products all made by locals, and even the children of the town! 


Make sure to stop in for a delicous cup of coffee, a quick bite to eat, or bring home a local souvenir from their small shop.

restaurant in Manzano Historico, Mendoza
restaurant in Manzano Historico, Mendoza


Things to Do in Mendoza, Argentina #18: Take a Trip to San Rafael & Atuel Canyon

San Rafael was hands down our favorite part of our trip to Mendoza in Argentina.


Located 3 hours south of Mendoza, and an hour and a half from Uco Valley, we would highly suggest spending 2 nights here. You can enjoy the famous Atuel Canyon, as well as do a variety of water activities on the San Rafael River.


Stay tuned for our upcoming article about visiting this stunning area of Argentina! In the meantime, here is a fun day trip to San Rafael you can take if you are shorter on time.


San Rafael, things to do visiting Mendoza in Argentina
San Rafael, things to do visiting Mendoza in Argentina
San Rafael, things to do visiting Mendoza in Argentina
San Rafael, things to do visiting Mendoza in Argentina

San Rafael is one of the most beautiful places near Mendoza in Argentina.


Local Food & Drink of Mendoza in Argentina

So you obviously already know that it's crucial to try the wine in Mendoza. But what food is Mendoza, Argentina famous for? Don't worry- there are actually plenty of incredible options, especially for the meat lovers out there.


What Food is Mendoza, Argentina Famous For?

Argentina has some of the best meat in the world, so having an asado (traditional Argentinean barbecue) is a must! Mendoza is also known for its elaborate menus at the wineries, which are typically tasing menus with local ingredients, paired with different glasses of wine.


There are a ton of amazing foods in Argentina to try, many of which are easily found in Mendoza and the surrounding areas.


We suggest trying the local tea made of flowers from the area, the red wine, steak, and empanadas. But if you want to learn more, make sure to check out our full article of Argentinean Cuisine for a list of more specific foods to try while visiting.


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The Best Restaurants in Mendoza

Mendoza has a lot of really exclusive and incredible restaurants to try! We simply didn't have enough time to try them all, but do have a list of some unique ones we loved:

  • Arauco Restaurant: a 6-course menu with wine pairing in a small town near the Uco Valley, which is a true hidden gem! 
  • Francis Mallman 1884: a famous restaurant with a high end chef in the heart of Mendoza, which has a tasting menu and quaint garden
  • Siete Fuegos: another restaurant by chef Francis Mallman, located at the Vines Resort in the Uco Valley
  • Riccitelli Bistro: a Michelin-star plant-based restaurant
Arauco, best restaurants in Mendoza, Argentina
Arauco, best restaurants in Mendoza, Argentina
Arauco, best restaurants in Mendoza, Argentina
Arauco, best restaurants in Mendoza, Argentina
Arauco, best restaurants in Mendoza, Argentina
Arauco, best restaurants in Mendoza, Argentina

Arauco was our favorite restaurant in Mendoza.

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How Do You Get Around Mendoza?

While visiting Mendoza in Argentina, we found most of the best things to do are actually outside of the capital city. For this reason we decided to rent a car during our visit. We found this to be an incredible option, as it allows for flexibility, and the ability to see a lot more in less time.

driving in Mendoza in Argentina
driving in Mendoza in Argentina
driving in Mendoza in Argentina


Do You Need a Car in Mendoza, Argentina?

For the capital itself, it won't be necessary to have a car. However, most of our favorite parts about Mendoza are in the outskirts, and we are so happy we decided to rent a car while visiting Mendoza in Argentina!


We used an awesome app called Rentennials, which is basically an Airbnb for cars! It's incredible because it's not only super affordable, but it also helps support locals in the area. 


We have a special discount with Rentennials, so just email us and we'll be able to help you set everything up.


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Where to Stay in Mendoza

The best place to stay in Mendoza for basing yourself in a convenient area is inside the city center. This is great for solo travelers, budget travelers, and those that plan on doing mostly excursions and day trips.


We actually spent each night in a different hotel, as we wanted to experience all different areas in a short amount of time. Here is a breakdown for the different areas to stay.

  • Mendoza City Center: the best for convenience and budget-friendly options
  • Potrerillos: perfect for those wanting to relax and be close to nature
  • Uspallata: good to spend a night if visiting Puente del Inca or Villavicencio Nature Reserve.
  • Uco Valley: the best area for those wanting to experience mostly wineries while in Mendoza
  • San Rafael: great to spend a couple of nights for visiting Cañon del Atuel

Here's a map of the different places to stay in Mendoza:

 

Mendoza, Argentina's Best Hotels

If you're looking for Mendoza, Argentina's best hotels, we're here to share the coolest ones in each area for different budgets and styles.


Mendoza, Argentina's  Best Hotels in the City Center

  • Katana Capsule Hostel: a super budget friendly shared accommodation option right in the center
  • Hotel Nutibara: small boutique hotel in the center with a pool, gym, and massages available to book
  • Casa Lila: a quaint home with a lot of greenery
  • Villaggio: boutique hotel with a sauna, pool, and gym


Mendoza, Argentina's  Best Hotels in Potrerillos

Mendoza, Argentina's  Best Hotels in Uspallata

Mendoza, Argentina's  Best Hotels in Uco Valley

  • The Vines Resort: luxury villas on a vineyard with a renown chef 
  • Casa de Uco: the ultimate resort on a vineyard with a spa, outdoor pool, and free horseback riding

Mendoza, Argentina's  Best Hotels in San Rafael

  • Cabañas del Cerro: beautiful property right on the river with an outdoor pool
  • Al Aire Libre: a cute glamping experience for those who want to be out in nature away from the masses
  • Casa Taiquen: a 2-bedroom house with a pool that is ideal for families or groups.
San Rafael glamping
San Rafael glamping
San Rafael glamping
San Rafael glamping

There are a lot of great glamping options around Mendoza.


Is Mendoza in Argentina Safe?

Like many cities in South America, you have to be a bit careful when it comes to safety, and this particularly goes for the city center itself.


We did feel perfectly safe in many small towns and out in nature. However, it's always good to keep an eye on your belongings wherever you go.


Is Mendoza Safe to Walk Around?

Outside of the capital you can definitely safely walk around without having to worry at all. While in the city center of Mendoza though, we do suggest you to avoid walking around alone at night, and to just be mindful of your surroundings. During the day you shouldn't have anything to worry about though.


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Other Things to Know About Visiting Mendoza in Argentina

Now you know the best things to do in Mendoza, how to get around, and where stay. But there are a couple of more details to keep in mind! Here are a few more things to know before visiting Mendoza in Argentina.


What is the Climate in Mendoza?

Mendoza is surrounded by mountains, so it definitely has more mild temperatures than Buenos Aires, or the north of Argentina. The area experiences four seasons, with cold and snowy winter, and hot, sunny summers. Due to the altitude though, you can experience hail in the summer, which happened to us!


Temperatures can vary drastically throughout the region, as temperatures are much warmer in the wine region, and much lower the closer you get to the Andes. We drove close to the border of Chile (right in the middle of the Andes) and it dropped down to 2 degrees at night in the height of the summer! So you can really see a major difference depending on where you go.


Another thing to note is that Mendoza is extremely dry. Even in the summer months you can expect your skin to suffer a bit. Make sure to hydrate often, and apply creams and chapstick often.


What is the Best Time of Year to Go to Mendoza, Argentina?

The best time of year to go to Mendoza in Argentina certainly depends on what kind of trip you are looking to have. Mendoza is a fabulous ski destination, so is very popular in the winter months. For those that like wine, hiking, and water activities, then the summer is definitely the best time to visit.


Mendoza sees the most crowds and highest prices in Janaury and February, so if you'd like to beat the masses and have a more affordable trip, then we would suggest visiting in December or March.


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Potrerillos, things to do near Mendoza in Argentina
Cacheuta hot springs, Mendoza in Argentina
aqua park in Mendoza, Argentina

The summer is a great time to visit Mendoza in Argentina.

What to Wear in Mendoza

We quickly noticed that we had to pack quite a variety of clothing while visiting Mendoza in Argentina! If you plan on exploring a bit of everything, then you'll want to pack a few different sets of clothing.


Pack nice clothing (sun dresses for women or buttondown shirts for men) for the wineries or to visit the fancier restaurants, and make sure to pack sport clothing for hikes or activities such as zip lining or rapel. A bathing suit is definitely a must for the hot springs, or for rafting, and a jacket and layers are good to have if you are going into the mountains.


What Should I Pack for Mendoza?

Here is a list of the things you should bring on your trip to Mendoza in Argentina:

  • Bathing Suit (for the hot springs and rafting)
  • Jacket (for going near the mountains)
  • Sport clothing (for all of the adventure activities and hiking)
  • Nice Clothes (for the wineries and upscale restaurants)
  • 1 Pair of Nice Shoes
  • Flip Flops (we personally always get Havaiana flip flops, as they are comfy and long lasting)
  • Water Shoes (for going into the rivers)
  • Sneakers (for all of the adventures)
  • Bag/ Backpack that zips (check out our list of favorite backpacks for travelers!)
  • Action Camera (we use the Insta 360 X3 because it's small & waterproof)
  • Sunscreen (especially in summer)
  • Lotion/ Vaseline
  • Chapstick
  • Drone (You can get epic shots out in nature! We use the Mavic Mini Pro 3 because it's super light and doesn't sacrifice quality)
  • Reusable Water Bottle (we use this water bottle from Cafago because it holds the temperature)
  • Power Bank (we use Anker power banks as they are super long lasting and durable)
  • Travel Adapter (we use Tessan travel adapters as they are affordable and reliable)
  • USD (cash is key in Argentina- forget your credit card completely)
  • Travel Pillow Case (to bring extra on your flights and avoid having to purchase a carry on)

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Is it Worth Visiting Mendoza, Argentina?

It is definitely worth visiting Mendoza in Argentina! It is a paradise for wine and adventure lovers alike, but can also be appreciated by families as well.


There is something to do for all different traveler types and ages, so we would highly recommend a visit to Mendoza while you are in Argentina, or you can pair it with a trip to Santiago, Chile.


How Many Days Do You Need for Mendoza?

We visited Mendoza for 4 days, and could have easily stayed for a few more! If you're looking to just see the city and explore some wineries, then this is the perfect weekend trip for you. However, if you want to explore all of the surroundings and experience the different activities in nature, then we would suggest spending a full week around Mendoza in Argentina.


Mendoza in Argentina
Mendoza in Argentina
San Rafael, Mendoza in Argentina
Potrerillos, where to visit in Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza in Argentina has enough incredible spots for a whole week of exploration.



So are you ready to experience all that Mendoza in Argentina has to offer? If you're a wine lover, or a nature enthusiast, we're sure you'll fall in love with it just as much as we did! 


If you're looking to visit other incredible places around the country, make sure to check out all of our Argentina destination guides, as well as our complete guide for visiting Argentina!


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