Mendoza, Argentina, is known for its delicious wines, beautiful vineyards, and wine lodges — all with the breathtaking landscape of the Andes as a backdrop. This city in the highlands of northern Argentina is not only a great place to escape the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, but it is also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
Mendoza features a wealth of adventure tours and activities, available to the beginner or to the most active and experienced thrill seeker. Due to its location at the base of the Andes Mountain range, Mendoza adventure tours include everything from rappelling, climbing, white water rafting, zip line, hiking, trekking, biking, and even horseback riding through the Andes.
On a typical three-day Mendoza adventure tour, you may want to start your Mendoza, Argentina vacation with an afternoon tour of the city of Mendoza. Once an important city on the trade routes during the colonial era, Mendoza boasts colonial architecture, the tranquil Parque General San Martin, the World Cup stadium, and the Frank Romero Day amphitheater. Finish your introduction to Mendoza with dinner in town. There are a few tango clubs, where you can watch professional tango dancers perform this traditional Argentine dance, all while you enjoy a full meal and delicious wine.
The next day, try river rafting in the Mendoza River, along with professional rafting guides and all equipment included. In the afternoon, enjoy the sunshine and mountain scenery with a guided horseback ride through the Quebrada Blanco region. Or you might want to opt for a half-day or full-day hike in the Andes to Black Mountain, or to Cerro San Martin, at 2300 meters. There are several Mendoza adventure tours available, and you can mix and match them according to your interests.
One of the most popular Mendoza adventure tours is a bike tour of the wineries. Since Mendoza is known for its incredible wine tasting, and the Mendoza valley enjoys sunshine nearly year-round, the region is perfect for bike riding. Tour the wineries in the Lujan de Cuyo, with wine tastings, lunch, a tour of the vineyards with a professional guide, and all bicycle equipment are included. Choose from the half-day or the full-day versions.
Or, to really get a sense of the tranquil beauty of Mendoza’s wineries, take a horseback ride from vineyard to vineyard. Enjoy only the sounds of nature as you trot along the vineyard rows, with a professional wine guide explaining the process of growing and harvesting grapes for Malbec and other varietals.
Another fun, adrenaline-filled adventure tour is a canopy zip-line, which runs 1400 meters at a height of 60 meters over the Mendoza River. Although the zip-line can be moderately difficult, it’s a thrill to zip across the river valley and see the Andes in the background.
Great for families, couples, and single travelers alike, these Mendoza adventure tours are a fantastic way to get out in the open air and experience more of Argentina. Contact your personal travel consultant at SouthAmerica.travel to add Mendoza adventure tours to your dream South America trip!
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