Mendoza is much visited due to its position on the leeward foothills of the Andes, and the highest point in the Americas, Aconcagua. Many adventurers come to this city first before heading towards Uspallata for their mountaineering pursuits.
The Mendoza and Tunuyan Rivers have led to a wide irrigation system here, which makes this an important agricultural oasis, especially famous for its wines. Hire a car in Mendoza and do a wine tour. Visit the bodegas (wineries) and taste the products on the grounds where the grapes were grown. Please check ahead as some wineries are closed on weekends, and certain tours have to be booked in advance. Popular wine-growing destinations are the nearby cities of Maipu or Lujan de Cuyo. Some wineries will offer optional extras like hot balloon tours. If you’re really the hardworking type, you can even help bring in the harvest by pruning the grapes under tutelage. Harvest time is in March and April. The most popular festival in Mendoza is the Grape Harvest held at the end of February, which naturally celebrates wine and its makers.
It is very easy to rent a car in Mendoza which you can do online from the convenience of the internet at home before you travel. You can get great offers for the cars which are very well equipped as well as other ticketing options that are packaged with the car. Having a rented car will enable you to also do other forms of rural tourism, as there are farms growing other crops like peaches, apples and olives. The same irrigation for agriculture has provided Mendoza with a beautifully landscaped appearance, as there are irrigation canals within the city which have given it greenery unlike its original dessert setting.
Outdoor activities in the spectacular natural setting are widely available here, such as trekking, horseback riding, skiing, mountaineering and river rafting. Be warned that in the afternoons, many businesses are closed for the siesta (nap).
Getting a car rental in Mendoza will enable you to drive 38 km to Termas de Cacheuta (the Spas of Cacheuta). Less than an hour’s drive away, Cacheuta has natural hot tubs powered by geothermal hot springs. Many facilities have been built to enhance the natural environment, like slides, bathrooms, and picnic areas. You can bring your own food to cook at the barbeque areas widely available. About a km from the water park, you can also sign on for a daytime deal at the Termas Hotel is you don’t wish to cook, as this includes a huge buffet lunch. The pools here are more upscale, and there are options like massages and Jacuzzis. Spas in this area may have masseuses using grape products, olive oil, herbs or mud depending on your preferences. The hot stones used here are from the Mendoza River. The sunny climate of Mendoza makes this a delightful destination to visit.
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