San Rafael is located in the south of Mendoza Province in Argentina, and is mostly known for the picturesque beauty of its surroundings. With two rivers (Atuel and Diamante) by the city, and lakes, canyons and mountains to explore nearby, there is a lot to do and see. Not to mention the hillsides dotted with vineyards that offer plenty of scope for wine tastings and tours. This being an outdoorsy place, you will need to get a car for hire in San Rafael.
There are many different types of vineyards around San Rafael, including some that can be explored on foot and many others that will require you to get a car for rent in San Rafael. You can visit the Suter and Bianchi vineyards for expansive tours of the modern facilities and enjoy their tasting rooms. There are two more rather smallish vineyards on Av Hipólito Yrigoyen, where you can get more personalized tours at your leisure.
One of the best natural attractions nearby is the Atuel Canyon (Cañon del Atuel) at the Valle Grande lake, located about 45 minutes away on RP 173, with El Nihuil a bit further along. You get to see the canyon and enjoy lakeside water sports and recreation. Similarly, you can enjoy the Los Reyunos Dam and Lake.
The best day-trip destination from San Rafael is the city of Mendoza, where you will also find the Los Reyunos Dam mentioned above. If you have the time and the inclination to drive, San Luis is just 4 hours away on RP 153 and Au. RN 7. Much closer is the town of General Alvear, which is just an hour's drive on the RN 143.
There are eight agencies offering a car rental in San Rafael for visitors. Many are located on Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen on the way to San Rafael Airport (AFA) and others can be found in the San Rafael City/Downtown area. You can compare all these agencies online, choose the best deal you can find and book your vehicle right now so that there will be no hassles when you arrive in San Rafael.
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