The cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, Mendoza is known for its iconic vineyards, art-deco inspired architecture, and abundance of dining experiences. Mendoza’s unique skyline is made up of skyscraper-lined streets laced with greenery and breathtaking views of the Andes Mountain range. Mendoza is a perfect MICE destination for commercial travellers, nature lovers, foodies, wine connoisseurs and thrillseekers alike! These are Panoptic’s picks for the best things to do Mendoza…
Best Experiences in Mendoza
Explore the Wine Country
Wine tasting is at the top of our list! Mendoza is most famous for its world-renowned Malbec wines. Mendoza’s desert climate is perfect for growing grapes and also makes an idyllic wine tasting experience, why not sit out and enjoy the spectacular flavours at one of Mendoza’s oldest wineries?
There are so many fabulous ways to experience Mendoza’s vineyards; why not pedal through the sunny wine country on a guided Wine Bike Tour? You could even stay at one of the luxury vineyard hotels, lay by the pool and enjoy the wine and mesmerising views – a wine lovers sanctuary!
Explore the Andes on Horseback
Mendoza Andes horseback tour is a once in a lifetime adventure that lets you experience the famous terrain and breathtaking views from a different perspective. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride like ‘a Gaucho’ (cowboy) through the Andes Mountains!
Go White Water Rafting down Uco Valley
Something for the thrillseekers! Experience the wild side of Mendoza as you make your way through Potrerillos in an inflatable boat, tackling the rapids of the mendoza river! This is a perfect way to soak up the striking landscape whilst on an adventure you’ll never forget. (A word to the wise, this is not an activity for the faint hearted!)
Termas Cacheuta – Hot Springs
Get your swimsuit on and take a day trip to Parque de Agua Termal! Soaking in these natural hot springs are on the Mendoza River in the foothills of the Andes – the perfect way to relax, and experience the iconic scenery.
Termas Cacheuta Hotel – Unwind whilst soaking in the thermal baths and admire the surrounding scenery or book yourself in for a pampering!
Termas Cacheuta Thermal Waterpark – have a fun filled group day out, the park is complete with restaurants, a picnic market and facilities, a handcrafted brewery and a range of outdoor adventures! You can chill out in the hot springs, have some fun at the streams and waterslides, go Rock Climbing, Zip – Lining, White Water Rafting and Hike through Cacheuta.
Stroll through Plaza Independencia
This beautiful square is the largest green space and plaza in the city centre of Mendoza. Its paved walkway crisscrosses through the square, guiding you through the parks, fountains and markets and tasty street food. This is a popular spot for both locals and tourists, grab a coffee and a park bench and spend some time people-watching and enjoying the sound of street buskers!
Best Eateries in Mendoza
Steak and Wine night at a Parrilla
Argentina is renowned for its steak ‘Parrillas’ (grills) and with Mendoza being the Malbec region of the country, it just makes sense to have a steak and wine dinner! There are so many places to choose from but LA LUCIA Grill & Bar is Panoptic’s pick for the best Parrilla in Mendoza. The food, the wine, the atmosphere and the location… it wins every time!
A Night with the Locals at Arístides Villanueva
Arístides Villanueva is Mendoza’s entertainment district. The strip is only about 7 blocks long but it’s jam-packed with restaurants, cafes, bars, Irish pubs and shops! At night, tables flood the streets so full that you could end up turning a chair to talk to the customers of the bar next door! It has a fabulous atmosphere and so much to choose from.
Lunch at a winery
Experience the world-class wine straight from the source! Panoptics Picks for the best winery lunch experiences are…
1) Finca Decero – offers indoor and outdoor dining and spectacular views of the Andes Mountains. They serve a seasonal menu of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients paired with their best wines!
2) Bodega Nieto Senetiner – offers indoor and outdoor dining, overlooking the beautiful vineyards. They serve a comfort food inspired tasting menu that is paired with their best wines!
3) Bodega Lagarde – nestled in the picturesque vineyards and offers a 5 course gourmet tasting menu paired with their best wines!
Best Nightlife in Mendoza
Buenos Aires’s world-renowned party scene often overshadows Mendozas. Even though it is lower key, Mendoza nightlife is vibrant and buzzing – Argentinians know how to party!
Best bars in Mendoza – Panoptic’s top picks
1) El Botellón
2) Bar Latina
3) Chachingo Craft Beer
Best nightclubs in Mendoza – Panoptic’s top Picks
1) Black Jagger Club
2) Geo Disco
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