What should I pack for a trip to Mendoza?

What you should pack when heading to Mendoza depends on the time of year you will be there. Temperatures differ greatly between seasons, with hot, but not-too-hot summers (around the mid-80s) and freezing temperatures in the winter.

The average annual temperature is around 60 degrees, which most would say is about as good as you can ask for when you’re out and about for extensive winery visits and tastings.

Dress for the season, but layers always work well, especially here, where temperatures can fluctuate greatly between day and night.

Another major packing factor? The activities you have in mind for your trip. Mendoza isn’t solely a destination for wine tasting, but also for many outdoors activities, ranging from the leisurely (horseback riding) to the extreme (mountain climbing). Whitewater rafting, parasailing, biking and hiking all are popular activities here, and if you think you might want to incorporate any of those into your itinerary, you’ll want to be equipped — at least with a pair of sneakers and some clothes you can comfortably move around in.

If all you have envisioned for your trip is whiling away the hours at wine tastings and taking in the views from multi-course lunches at wineries, chic-yet-casual outfits will do just fine.

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    What is public transportation like in Mendoza?

    Public transportation is an option in Mendoza, though the nucleus is the center of the city. The bus lines are the most extensive, but the more you get away from the city and into the far reaches of the region, the fewer bus options there are. Mendoza also has a light rail, though its reach is not as extensive as the bus system.

    Many backpackers and budget travelers will rely on the bus system to get to where they want to go, but it isn’t always an easy trip. To start, do not expect the bus driver to speak English. And even if he or she has some basic understanding, many are committed to their routes and getting their passengers (mostly locals) to where they need to go and will not take time for handholding.

    Some will go out of their way to help outsiders navigate, but it’s really a lottery. If you are planning to take the public bus on your outing—  which again, is doable — be sure to get detailed and specific instructions before leaving, ideally from your hotel. You’ll want to know exactly where the stop is, what bus number you want, what to look for along the way and where to get off.

    Most tourists who are in Mendoza to wine and dine opt to hire a private driver who accommodates their schedule. And there is no public transportation option to get to many of the vineyards.
  • On August 16, 2016
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is public transportation like in Mendoza?

    Public transportation is an option in Mendoza, though the nucleus is the center of the city. The bus lines are the most extensive, but the more you get away from the city and into the far reaches of the region, the fewer bus options there are. Mendoza also has a light rail, though its reach is not as extensive as the bus system.

    Many backpackers and budget travelers will rely on the bus system to get to where they want to go, but it isn’t always an easy trip. To start, do not expect the bus driver to speak English. And even if he or she has some basic understanding, many are committed to their routes and getting their passengers (mostly locals) to where they need to go and will not take time for handholding.

    Some will go out of their way to help outsiders navigate, but it’s really a lottery. If you are planning to take the public bus on your outing—  which again, is doable — be sure to get detailed and specific instructions before leaving, ideally from your hotel. You’ll want to know exactly where the stop is, what bus number you want, what to look for along the way and where to get off.

    Most tourists who are in Mendoza to wine and dine opt to hire a private driver who accommodates their schedule. And there is no public transportation option to get to many of the vineyards.
  • On August 16, 2016
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    What is the one must-do activity when visiting Mendoza?

    The one must-do activity in Mendoza, unsurprisingly, is related to wine. It’s not just any wine tasting though, but something for which you will want to block off a big chunk of the day: a multi-course lunch at one of the bodegas, or vineyards.

    Most of the bodegas in Mendoza, especially the largest ones, also operate onsite restaurants that attract top gastronomic talent. Chefs are drawn to working with some of the best wines in the world and use it as a point of inspiration in crafting exquisite menus for guests to the property. These lunches are all-out affairs, usually involving a fixed menu of multiple courses with, of course, generously poured wine pairings.

    Ruca Malen is one of the most popular and well-known vineyard restaurants, though many locals will point you elsewhere, as it’s considered a bit touristy and there are definitely excellent meals to be had elsewhere. One such example is at Bodega Septima in Luján de Cuyo. The vineyard runs along the edge of the Andes and the restaurant is located on the second floor and overlooks the green and golden fields and out to the purple mountains beyond — there are few more picture-perfect places to take a meal.
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  • On August 16, 2016
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is the one must-do activity when visiting Mendoza?

    The one must-do activity in Mendoza, unsurprisingly, is related to wine. It’s not just any wine tasting though, but something for which you will want to block off a big chunk of the day: a multi-course lunch at one of the bodegas, or vineyards.

    Most of the bodegas in Mendoza, especially the largest ones, also operate onsite restaurants that attract top gastronomic talent. Chefs are drawn to working with some of the best wines in the world and use it as a point of inspiration in crafting exquisite menus for guests to the property. These lunches are all-out affairs, usually involving a fixed menu of multiple courses with, of course, generously poured wine pairings.

    Ruca Malen is one of the most popular and well-known vineyard restaurants, though many locals will point you elsewhere, as it’s considered a bit touristy and there are definitely excellent meals to be had elsewhere. One such example is at Bodega Septima in Luján de Cuyo. The vineyard runs along the edge of the Andes and the restaurant is located on the second floor and overlooks the green and golden fields and out to the purple mountains beyond — there are few more picture-perfect places to take a meal.
  • On August 16, 2016
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is the one must-do activity when visiting Mendoza?

    The one must-do activity in Mendoza, unsurprisingly, is related to wine. It’s not just any wine tasting though, but something for which you will want to block off a big chunk of the day: a multi-course lunch at one of the bodegas, or vineyards.

    Most of the bodegas in Mendoza, especially the largest ones, also operate onsite restaurants that attract top gastronomic talent. Chefs are drawn to working with some of the best wines in the world and use it as a point of inspiration in crafting exquisite menus for guests to the property. These lunches are all-out affairs, usually involving a fixed menu of multiple courses with, of course, generously poured wine pairings.

    Ruca Malen is one of the most popular and well-known vineyard restaurants, though many locals will point you elsewhere, as it’s considered a bit touristy and there are definitely excellent meals to be had elsewhere. One such example is at Bodega Septima in Luján de Cuyo. The vineyard runs along the edge of the Andes and the restaurant is located on the second floor and overlooks the green and golden fields and out to the purple mountains beyond — there are few more picture-perfect places to take a meal.
  • On August 16, 2016
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    What are the five best food experiences in Mendoza?

    All of the best food experiences in Mendoza involve wine, which should come as no surprise. Since the standard of wine is so high, the culinary offerings naturally have to match it. And they certainly do, because there is no shortage of excellent restaurants or gastronomic offerings here.

    One of the top food experiences involves visiting one of the restaurants belonging to internationally renowned, iconoclast chef Francis Mallmann. His restaurants are revered for their simple but excellent regional dishes, particularly meats, cooked to perfection, Mallmann’s trademark. The settings for his restaurants also are spectacular and one-of-a-kind, such the Spanish-colonial-style estate where Mallmann’s first Mendoza restaurant, 1884, operates. His newest culinary venture is Siete Fuegos at the Vines Resort & Spa. 

    Go ahead and block off half the day to spend time dining on a multi-course lunch with wine pairings at a bodega. Most of the large and high-end vineyards serve indulgent lunches. Where you’ll want to go is entirely based on which region of Mendoza you’d like to explore or which wineries top your list.

    Ituzaingo Resto is a closed-door restaurant that operates just that way: behind closed doors in the chef’s home. The experience is singular, as it’s more of a chef’s table dinner than anything else. Reservations are necessary.

    Azafran is one of Mendoza’s most popular and esteemed restaurants and is located in the city proper. What makes Azafran special is its focus on sourcing and working with local produce, and dishes that are inspired by Mendoza’s many sublime varietals.

    Siete Cocinas serves up something particularly special, and that’s a veritable culinary tour of Argentina from the north to Patagonia. This is one of the most sought-after reservations in town.
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    What is the hottest area in Mendoza?

    Chances are something new is happening in Mendoza whenever you decide to visit, from new vineyards and resorts opening to new wines being launched and myriad ways for tourists to enjoy all of it. What’s hot right now? The up-and-coming region of Valle de Uco, or Uco Valley, nestled in the foothills of the Andes. This swath of Mendoza is located a bit far from the city center — easily a 45-minute drive — but is one of the most spectacular and fruitful areas of Mendoza, and it runs right along the crystalline Tunuyán River.

    While people have long known about the richness and vastness of its resources, it has only been lately that people have begun in earnest to develop the land and also draw tourists. Malbec, of course, is widely grown here and across the region, but the standout grape, and what many sommeliers are pinpointing as the next big wine, is cabernet franc. In order to taste what’s new in Mendoza, you’ll want the cabernet franc, and specifically the cabernet franc produced in Uco Valley. Bodega Salentein is one of Argentina’s premier wineries and is located in Valle de Uco.

    As for lodging, Casa de Uco is a new luxury property that has handily won over guests with the beauty of the estate and its good service.
  • On August 16, 2016
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is the hottest area in Mendoza?

    Chances are something new is happening in Mendoza whenever you decide to visit, from new vineyards and resorts opening to new wines being launched and myriad ways for tourists to enjoy all of it. What’s hot right now? The up-and-coming region of Valle de Uco, or Uco Valley, nestled in the foothills of the Andes. This swath of Mendoza is located a bit far from the city center — easily a 45-minute drive — but is one of the most spectacular and fruitful areas of Mendoza, and it runs right along the crystalline Tunuyán River.

    While people have long known about the richness and vastness of its resources, it has only been lately that people have begun in earnest to develop the land and also draw tourists. Malbec, of course, is widely grown here and across the region, but the standout grape, and what many sommeliers are pinpointing as the next big wine, is cabernet franc. In order to taste what’s new in Mendoza, you’ll want the cabernet franc, and specifically the cabernet franc produced in Uco Valley. Bodega Salentein is one of Argentina’s premier wineries and is located in Valle de Uco.

    As for lodging, Casa de Uco is a new luxury property that has handily won over guests with the beauty of the estate and its good service.
  • On August 16, 2016
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the best things to do with kids in Mendoza?

    While there might be a minimum age requirement on tasting all that Mendoza vineyards have to offer, it is very much a family-friendly destination, too. The city of Mendoza offers all sorts of entertainment options you could expect to find in a city, from beautiful parks to a zoo.

    Mendoza’s array of outdoors activities also are fun and attractive options for families, whether that is horseback riding or going for a hike, though options vary based on children’s ages. Many families make a day of going to the mountainside Cacheuta Water Park, which is a unique natural thermal water park that has slides and other attractions created to entertain the little ones.
  • On August 16, 2016
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the best things to do with kids in Mendoza?

    While there might be a minimum age requirement on tasting all that Mendoza vineyards have to offer, it is very much a family-friendly destination, too. The city of Mendoza offers all sorts of entertainment options you could expect to find in a city, from beautiful parks to a zoo.

    Mendoza’s array of outdoors activities also are fun and attractive options for families, whether that is horseback riding or going for a hike, though options vary based on children’s ages. Many families make a day of going to the mountainside Cacheuta Water Park, which is a unique natural thermal water park that has slides and other attractions created to entertain the little ones.
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