Three days to enjoy the delights of Mendoza in Argentina
Three days of leisure and tranquility in Mendoza, western Argentina, where the day starts in endless vineyards and ends with pure relaxation at the foot of the mountain
Day 1 • Sightseeing tour
10 a.m. A day out and brunch
Belgrano is one of the main streets in Mendoza, where the city trolley passes. You can have breakfast at María Antonieta Restó, where everything on the menu is made fresh each day, which guarantees fluffier medialunas. If you prefer salty flavors, you'll enjoy the eggs benedict or scrambled eggs with kale. And take it easy: no one here is in a hurry.
María Antonieta Restó: Belgrano 1069
2 p.m. Green path
The enormous Parque San Martín is the city's lungs and can be explored on sidewalks flanked by enormous acacias that light up under the sun. With iconic gates, the park is home to an artificial lake, restaurants, and a museum, among other facilities. The Cerro de la Gloria and its Monumento al Ejército de Los Andes form part of Mendoza's identity. Moreover, inside you can find the biggest soccer stadium in town.
Parque San Martín: Avenida Emilio Civit 701
9 p.m. Between sips and cellars
Paseo Arístides was recently restructured in order to better please locals and tourists alike. In a matter of just six blocks is a scattering of restaurants, design stores, and a small bookshop. Go to Josefina Restó, a refreshing local option that has impeccable service, a menu that varies according to which ingredients are in season, and a list of over 270 wines. The place gets lively after 9 p.m., which is the custom here.
Josefina Restó: Arístides Villanueva 165
Day 2 • Vineyards
12 p.m. Endless grapes
Combining the flavor of a sumptuous glass of wine with a spectacular landscape makes for an all-around great experience. In Uco Valley, you'll understand why this is one of the wine capitals of the world. At Viña Zuccardi – the winery with the best architecture according to Best of Wines Tourism 2016 –, you can walk through the plantations and cellars and enjoy a lunch in four courses, each with its respective harmonization.
Familia Zuccardi Valle de Uco: Costa Canal Uco - Paraje Altamira, San Carlos
3 p.m. From the terroir to the soil
You can visit two or three wineries in a day, if you've made reservations. Sitting at the foot of the Andes, Clos de los Siete has a group of French producers who create unique flavors that you can sample at Bodega DiamAndes, located in the middle of an endless expanse of grapevines. Each winery offers their own tour and several have restaurants with stunning views.
Bodega DiamAndes: Clodomiro Silva, Tunuyán - Vista Flores
5 p.m. Healthy pleasure
Bianco & Niero is not only synonymous with some of the best chocolates in Mendoza, but also artisanal ice cream and home cooking. Its owner, Roberto Agüero, works to develop healthy food in the city. Try his toast made with naturally fermented bread and chocolates crafted from organic ingredients that can come in the form of “submarines”: a bar submerged in a cup of steaming hot milk.
Bianco & Niero: Mitre 1495, Chacras de Coria, Luján de Cuyo
9 p.m. A little rock ‘n’ roll
Bohemia at a slow pace, among tall trees and old houses. This is Chacras de Coria, an alternative option 8 miles [13 km] outside of Mendoza that makes for the perfect escape from the more traditional places, or for a “pregame” if the idea is to go out at night. Taverna Culture Hall, located next to the Maleantes vineyards, has live music at night, as well as good drinks and pizzas made with local ingredients.
Taverna Culture Hall: Viamonte 4961, Chacras de Coria, Luján de Cuyo
Day 3 • Mountain routes
10 a.m. Underwater
With temperatures between 86 °F and 104 °F [30-40 °C], the hot springs of Cacheuta are an essential attraction, just 25 miles [41 km] west of Mendoza. Book the TermaSpa Full Day option at the Hotel Termas de Cacheuta, which includes a lunch buffet. You can also book other treatments, like floatation therapy in salt water or a massage with stretching in the water.
Hotel Termas de Cacheuta: Ruta 82, Km 38, Cacheuta
5 p.m. Blue mirror
Just above the hot springs, going up the mountain is the Potrerillos Dam, built 15 years ago to produce electricity and provide irrigation. There are a number of overlooks where you can admire the lovely scenery of peaceful waters and watch the birds by the margins. You can also practice water sports, go horseback riding, and have lunch at Gran Hotel Potrerillos.
Dique Potrerillos: Ruta 82, Camino del Perilago de Potrerillos
Gran Hotel Potrerillos: Ruta 7, km 50
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