A short flight from Buenos Aires just across the border from Santiago in Chile, Mendoza is an engaging university town in the foothills of the Andes which enjoys a welcoming Mediterranean climate year round. The city centre is pleasant enough with leafy boulevards, colonial plazas and plenty of public spaces though subsequent earthquakes have robbed Mendoza of much of its original historic architecture. However, travel out of the city towards the distant mountains, and the regions’ main attraction becomes abundantly clear. Picturesque vineyards stretch out as far as the eye can see framed by the distant snow-capped Andes. Mendoza is the capital of Argentina’s growing wine industry, famed for their full bodied Malbecs the world over. Many of the vineyards have thrown open their doors to tourism creating unique boutique hotels, the perfect base for exploring the region. With delicious cuisine complementing the wines, Mendoza is an ideal spot for relaxing, soaking up the atmosphere and of course wine-tasting.
In addition, the Andes offer wonderful activities from walking, riding and rafting for beginners and experts alike and each year, hardened climbers flock to the city to make an attempt on Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas.