Mendoza Airport, or rather, Aeropuerto Internacional Mendoza El Plumerillo, is a significant airport in Argentina. The airport is also known as Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport. It mainly serves the Cuyo region, a major mountainous wine-producing area in the country, as well as flights to and fro neighbouring countries.
Situated 8.4 kilometres from the city of Mendoza, travelling from the airport to the city centre is possible by various modes of transport. Take a taxi, or REMIS (private taxis) to the city. For safety purposes, only take taxis from licensed companies from the airport. Renting a car to get around is also possible, but may be expensive if for solo travellers or couples. Additionally, the maps provided may not have complete information. It is easy to get lost driving around with few signage, especially in more secluded areas. If choosing this form of transport, hire an experienced guide to show you the way around.
Travelling around Central Mendoza is easy with bus and trolley services. These services are inexpensive and frequent, making it a great way to travel in the city. The city centre is also relatively compact and walkable, if you choose to explore on foot. To reach the bodegas (vineyards) further in the south, driving is recommended in place of walking, as the distance to be covered is at least 10 kilometres before arriving at your destination. In this case, guides can skipper while you enjoy delicious wine at the various bodegas.
What to See & Do
Mendoza is widely known as one of the world’s “wine capitals”, renowned for its Malbec reds. Many head to Mendoza for their bodegas, where you can attend tours around the wineries and of course, enjoy wine tasting. The selection of high quality wines from over 1,200 wine bodegas will impress even the most fastidious connoisseurs. Late February till April are the optimum months to visit as harvesting usually takes place then.
Apart from visiting vineyards and wineries, explore the city. Start from the Plaza de Independencia, at the heart of downtown Mendoza. Admire the lovely water fountain while snacking on hot caramelised peanuts. The area comes alive with street musicians, magicians, comedians, performers, and vendors, providing various forms of family-friendly entertainment. At the corner of Sarmiento and Chile, the plaza’s western edge, hop on to the “El Oro Negro” open-top buses for a ride to Cerro de Gloria. On the way to the peak, catch beautiful sights of the city from these bright orange buses. The well-known San Martin monument stands at the hilltop of Cerro de Gloria. Discover Parque San Martin, while passing through it on the way back down. This big municipal park warrants an afternoon of exploring. Picnic in the rose garden, and jog or roller-skate around the lake. You can even go hang-gliding, a thrilling adrenaline-pumping activity. Visit the zoo and the national science museum for the usual tourist fare.
The Andes is a must-visit in Mendoza. Be captivated by the spectacular landscapes of the Andes, from its desolate slopes to formidable peaks. The magnificent mountain range boasts amazing high-altitude views that will sweep you off your feet. Arrange for a day tour to enjoy this unforgettable experience.
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