Wine & Whitewater in Mendoza

With world class vineyards, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing and a great nightlife, Mendoza is enough to keep a traveler busy for days. It was by far my favorite Argentinian city and one I would love to return to.

With so many available activities, it was hard to choose so we opted for a couple easy day tours. We went on a fabulous half-day tour which included a small family run vineyard, an olive oil factory, a large production winery and a chocolate and liqueurs shop. It was a great overview of the delights of Mendoza.

We also opted for an adventure day of rafting and canopying (aka zip lining). We did 8 zip lines, the longest reaching 450 meters long over a river! Rafting included class 3 and 4 rapids, and while I wouldn’t say the water was very ‘white’, it certainly was an adrenaline rush!

The city just has an incredible vibe to it. Lots of beautiful little parks, plazas and a rockin night life to boot. Most restaurants have outdoor patios which are great for an evening glass of vino. We ended up (as most do) staying longer than originally planned and even ventured out of town to a nearby day spa to spend a day basking in the sun by the pool.

Wine is a pretty serious thing in Mendoza – another reason why I love it! They are a big producer of Cabernet Savignon and Malbec which goes great with the football sized steaks you get for dinner every night. Not to mention the fact that wine is almost cheaper than water. I´m pretty certain Mendoza is the greatest place in Argentina.

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