Just a short trip outside of Mendoza—Argentina’s wine capital known for its restaurants, shops, and historical sites—lie the towering peaks of the Andes mountains. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or simply wish to soak up the scenery, here are your options for tours to the Andes from Mendoza.
You can explore a lot of the Andes in a single day. Sightseeing tours into the Andes often travel along Route 7, part of the Pan-American Highway, to the tallest mountain in the Americas: Aconcagua. Stops along the way might include the mountain towns of Potrerillos and Uspallata, Puente del Inca rock bridge, and the Huarpe ruins of Pichueta. Active travelers can spend the day trekking, mountain biking, or horseback riding.
Guided multi-day trips through the region allow travelers to experience the best Mendoza and the Andes have to offer. An itinerary might include the chance to visit sights, such as Horcones Lagoon, Mt. Aconcagua, and Puente del Inca; go wine tasting at a combination of industrial and boutique wineries; and explore the mountain scenery in a 4WD vehicle. For a true South American adventure, saddle up for a horseback riding journey across the Andes mountains from Mendoza to Santiago, Chile.
Things to Know
Mt. Aconcagua in the Andes is located about 70 miles (113 kilometers) from Mendoza City.
Choose between the value of a small-group tour and the flexibility of a private tour.
Day trips to the Andes can last several hours, depending on the option chosen.
Most tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Mendoza, as well as a traditional barbecue (asado) lunch.
Don’t forget to bring sun protection; there’s not a lot of shade in the Andes.