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How to Spend 1 Day in Mendoza

How to Spend 1 Day in Mendoza

Best known for its surrounding wine region, Mendoza has a history dating back to its founding by Spanish colonists in the 16th century. Today, it offers a laid-back alternative to Buenos Aires and some of South America’s best gastronomy. If you only have one day to spend in Mendoza, here are some tips.

Morning: City Tour

While you could easily spend the entire day hopping from one winery to the next (and many tasting tours do take the entire day), it would be a shame to miss out on the hidden gems that make Mendoza special. Start your morning off with a sightseeing tour of this city at the base of the Andes Mountains. Take in the views from Cerro de la Gloria (the highest point in the city), explore General San Martin Park, and learn why Mendoza has so many trees and fountains while visiting its many picturesque plazas.

Afternoon: Wine Tasting

This afternoon is all about wine tasting, and options abound for how to get from place to place. Active travelers might opt for a bike tour of wine country, pedaling through picturesque vineyards to three different wineries to sample the region’s famous malbecs. The Mendoza hop-on hop-off wine bus allows visitors to choose their own tasting itinerary, with the option to visit two or four different wineries from a list of nearly two dozen. For even more flexibility, book a private tour with your own driver and guide to explore the Uco Valley at your own pace. Most tours include a gourmet winery lunch.

Night: Dinner and Tango

Mendocinos dine late, so you’ll have some time to unwind before heading into town for dinner at one of Mendoza’s many excellent restaurants or wine bars, followed by ice cream at a local heladería. While the nightlife here tends to be more subdued than in Buenos Aires, you can head to Plaza Pellegrini on weekends to watch—or join—the impromptu tango, or head to one of the city’s milongas (tango bars) for some dancing.

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Uco Valley Wine Day Trip from Mendoza

Uco Valley Wine Day Trip from Mendoza

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Sample a variety of malbecs, cabernet sauvignons and pinot noirs on this full-day wine tasting tour from Mendoza and learn the secrets behind Argentina’s fine wines. Explore the scenic vineyards of the Uco Valley and stop for tastings at the wine cellars of Domaine Bousquet, Bodegas Salentein and Andeluna. After sipping wine and soaking up the scenery, finish your trip with a delicious 3-course lunch of traditional Argentine cuisine.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.00
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$158.00

Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch

Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch

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Discover the vineyards of Mendoza's wine region on this full-day guided tour. Learn about the winemaking process by visiting three different wineries in the Luján de Cuyo region with an informative wine-loving guide. Taste several varietals, including the regional specialty, malbec, and enjoy a picnic lunch and a visit to a local olive oil factory. Round-trip hotel transport by minivan is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00

Bike Tour in Mendoza Wine Country

Bike Tour in Mendoza Wine Country

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Pedal through Mendoza's wine country on a bike during this half-day guided tour. Learn about the winemaking process from a knowledgable local guide while biking past rolling vineyards and soaking up the fresh air of Mendoza, one of South America’s most famous wine regions. Enjoy multiple tastings and a delicious lunch of regional Argentine specialties. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.00
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Mendoza Airport Arrival Transfer

Mendoza Airport Arrival Transfer

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Book a shared arrival transfer from the Mendoza airport and take the hassle out of finding local transportation to your Mendoza hotel. Pickup at El Plumerillo International Airport is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day and coincides with your flight's arrival.
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  • 15 minutes
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$54.75
Price varies by group size
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$54.75
Price varies by group size

Private Tour: Mendoza Wine with Driver and Guide

Private Tour: Mendoza Wine with Driver and Guide

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Visit Valle de Uco wineries on a private, full-day tour from Mendoza that includes round-trip transport to three or four vineyards in a private car, and reservations for tastings and a winery lunch. Learn about Argentinian wine from grape to glass by visiting each hand-picked destination with a wine-loving guide, who offers a personalized, insider experience of Mendoza winemaking.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.00
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$240.00
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Full-Day Small-Group Mendoza Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch or Dinner

Full-Day Small-Group Mendoza Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch or Dinner

Mendoza is one of the most popular destinations in Argentina for wine lovers and exploring the vineyards on a small-group tour ensures you get the most out of the experience. On this full-day tour from Mendoza, enjoy a tour and wine tasting at two different wineries, visit a traditional olive oil factory, and tuck into a 5-course lunch or dinner of gourmet cuisine, accompanied by fine wines.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$195.96
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Private Lujan Wine Tour with Gourmet Wine-Paired Lunch from Mendoza

Private Lujan Wine Tour with Gourmet Wine-Paired Lunch from Mendoza

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Explore a wide range of vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo wine country with this comprehensive tour. See the 100-year-old vines of historic vineyard Altavista, known for its highly rated French-style wines. Walk the scenic gardens of the Lagarde vineyards, sample old-school wines at Carmelo Patti, and enjoy a delicious lunch with pairings at Cava de Cano. This five-hour tour includes entrance fees, private transport, and guide services.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00

Winemaker - Led Exclusive Wine Tour With Gourmet Lunch

Winemaker - Led Exclusive Wine Tour With Gourmet Lunch

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Taste and learn about local wines in the company of a Michelin-trained sommelier during this full-day excursion in Mendoza. Get off the beaten path and visit boutique wineries and hidden jewels with your knowledgeable guide. Enjoy barrel tastings and sit down for lunch with one of the winemakers. Eat a delicious gourmet meal while talking about the wine pairings and the history of the region's wine making. Lunch, all wine tastings and round-trip transportation from Mendoza hotels are included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$307.70
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Mendoza City Tour

Mendoza City Tour

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Discover what makes Mendoza so charming on a sightseeing tour of the city, situated at the foot of the Andes mountains. Visit major landmarks, plazas, and stadiums such as Alameda and General San Martin Park, and enjoy Mendoza's natural beauty and interesting architecture. This morning tour, led by a knowledgeable guide, includes hotel pickup and drop-off by coach.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.99
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$14.99


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