With two days to spend in the region, you’ll get to experience the best of Mendoza’s two worlds: wine and outdoor adventure. Taste some of Argentina’s famous malbec wines right from the source, and soak up the sights of the magnificent Andes Mountains. Here are some tips for how to spend your 48 hours in Mendoza.
Day 1: Wine Country
Morning: The vast majority of visitors come to Mendoza for the wine, so kick off your trip with a wine-tasting tour through this beautiful region. Choose a bike tour to pedal down shady streets and through rolling vineyards from one tasting room to the next, or choose your own itinerary aboard the hop-on hop-off wine bus.
Afternoon: Most wine-tasting tours last the better part of a day and include a gourmet lunch at one of the wineries. Options range from a casual picnic lunch in a vineyard to a 5-course tasting menu in a winery dining room. In the afternoon, visit an olive oil factory for a guided tasting.
Night: After a return to Mendoza (and perhaps an afternoon siesta), spend time exploring the city itself. Do some people watching in Plaza Independencia, or take in the views from Cerro de la Gloria, the city’s highest point, before ending your day with a late dinner.
Day 2: Andes Adventure
Morning: Get an early start this morning for a journey along the Pan-American Highway toward the Andes Mountains. Stop in the charming mountain towns of Potrerillos and Uspallata, or ride the ski lift at Penitentes Ski Resort for excellent mountain views.
Afternoon: In the afternoon, stop for lunch—a traditional Argentine asado—before continuing on to Aconcagua Provincial Park for views of the highest mountain in the Americas. Those who’d prefer some relaxation can spend their day at the Termas de Cacheuta thermal spa in the Andes Mountains instead.
Night: Trips into the Andes Mountain Range typically get back into Mendoza later in the evening, so you might want to have a relaxing dinner at your hotel before your next-day departure, or if you’re feeling energetic, head to one of Mendoza’s milongas (tango clubs) for an evening of wine and dancing.