Mendoza

Mendoza

Mendoza is located in the heart of Argentina's wine district. It's a great place to study Spanish, especially if you have an urge to travel and learn at the same time.

Travel information

Accomodation Option:

My mother rents a small apartment, which is in a quiet place and nice neighbourhood.

It is located in the area known as "Sexta Sección". That is 10 blocks from San Martin Park and 15 blocks from downtown.

It is a self-contained apartment in the middle of my patio. My mother lives at the front and I live at the back. In the apartment, there is wi-fi.  There is a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and a very small bedroom with a kingsize bed. In the bedroom there is an air conditioning, and heating in the apartment for the winter. There is a small swimming-pool and comfortable chairs and a hammock to relax. In the patio, there are many plants and grape vines. If you are interested, you can contact me . There is a strict Spanish only policy, and you would have to communicate (and probably have to answer a lot of questions in Spanish with my mother only.) Of course, if it is absolutely essential, I would stoop to speaking to you in English on a limited basis. :) I can send you some pictures. 

 

Mendoza is a city in western Argentina, in the desert Cuyo region. Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry, for which it is world renowned. It is also near the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. Mendoza is the capital of the province of Mendoza.

Although it is situated in an extremely dry desert region, Mendoza has an extensive artificial irrigation system, which allows for greenery throughout the city as well as the growth of the grapes used to make its famous wines. Most streets have irrigation channels on either side, with bridges for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. These are periodically flooded with water diverted from the river. The trees and the wide avenues give the city a beautiful ambience, a change from much of the bare feel of many Argentine cities.

To the immediate west is the Pre-Cordillera of the Andes towering over the city, with peaks at some of the snow-covered (throughout the year) Andes peaks beyond.

Siesta (afternoon nap) is still taken in Mendoza. Most businesses close from approximately 1 PM until about 5:30 PM, then re-open until about 8-9 PM.

Climate

Summers can be hot and dry in the city. January is particularly hot; temperatures of 38C (100 F) are not uncommon. However, the lack of humidity makes both the heat and cold more comfortable than, say, humid Buenos Aires. The nearby mountains are cool, though, even in the summer.

Winters are moderately cool in the city from late June to late August, and cool in the mountains. Many ski centers are located near Mendoza (see below "DO").

Get in

The large bus terminal is about two kilometers from the city center. Taxis and remis (private taxis) are readily available (US$ 3-4 to the center), or it is a 15 minute walk (not recommendable at night, the area between it and the center borders on the red light district).

There are daily bus connections to all major destinations including Bariloche and Santiago de Chile, a beautiful 7-hour bus ride crossing the Andes. Santiago de Chile is not always reachable by bus as the Andes pass closes after the first heavy snowfall in the winter months, normally around late May, but when it does snow heavily, the pass is usually only closed for a few days at most. The joint immigration/customs control for both Chile-out-stamps/Argentina-in-stamps (convenient) for entry into Argentina is located at Los Horcones near Puente del Inca, and the one for entry-into-Chile/exit-from-Argentina stamps is at Las Libertadores in Chile, 5 kms past the tunnel (Check the following website for pass conditions [1] (Spanish).

Mendoza has a small airport, El Plumerillo (airport code MDZ), with flights to Buenos Aires (LAN and Aeroineas Arg.), and Santiago de Chile (LAN), but tickets are very expensive as compared to bus fares (the fares to Chile and Peru are more reasonable, as you do not have to pay the foreigner premium for domestic flights). Flights to Salta, Iguazú and Bariloche have started in the 2010, to and from, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with Aerolineas Argentinas. From the airport, you can take a remis (a type of taxi) for fixed posted prices (as of early 2011, it was 34 pesos to the centre). There is also a city bus (collectivo) that takes you downtown, but it comes only every 40 minutes and takes an hour to make it's way downtown (exact coins only).

Mendoza is a travel hub of sorts for Argentina. Landing in Mendoza from international flights from Lima and Santiago, you now have to pay the Argentine reciprocity fees if you are a USA, Canada and Australia passport holders (but, if you book your bags through at Santiago, you will not have to pay the similiar fees for Chile).

Bus travel times to/from Mendoza:

Buses from Buenos Aires: Micros de Retiro [2].

In the winter, the mountain passes to Chile can be closed for several days if weather is bad, but this is only intermittent. Check : http://www.vialidad.mendoza.gov.ar/index.php?id_menu=51 and http://www.mendozaeventos.com/

Get around

Central Mendoza is relatively compact and walkable - for example it is a 20-30 minute walk from Plaza Independencia to Parque San Martin, however to get to the bodegas (vineyards) to the south walking isn't recommended as it they are at least 10km away.

Buses are cheap and plentiful, but a little confusing at first. Buses have two numbers, a line (linea) number, which is the big number at the top of the front of every bus, and a route number, which is two or three digits (ie 33) and is on a small sign behind the windscreen. Buses on the same line (eg Linea 3) all go to roughly the same place (eg Godoy Cruz) but the route varies by route number - so be careful not to get on the wrong route! Bus journeys cost Ar$3.50, card only, you need to purchase a Red Bus card (a prepaid proximity card) that you touch-in when boarding a bus. You can buy a Red Bus card from some kioskos near a bus stop for Ar$5, and charge them up at the same place.

There are also Trolleys, which have the same price, coin machines and use the same RedBus card. There are two varieties on all lines: the old blue Soviet area EastGerman models and the more modern recycled Vancouver BC city discards only sold due to wheelcahir accesibility rules there. A popular run is the Parque circuit, which takes you to the gates of the immense and green Parque San Martin gates every 10 minutes or so, which you can catch on 9 de Julio , Colon or Aristides Villanueva Streets downtown. At the gates, you could also return by catching the circuit at the same stop.

Taxis are plentiful, metered and fairly cheap, costing about the same as in Buenos Aires. A trip across town from the bus station to Parque San Martin will cost around Ar$35.

You can hire bicycles in town - most hostels can put you in touch with a bicycle hire outfit - prices are negotiable 6(ie they will charge you as much as they think you are willing to pay) but you shouldn't pay more than Ar$40 - Ar$70 per day. You will need some form of ID to leave as deposit. Ask to see the bike before handing over your money - many are old clunkers.

Activities in Mendoza

Congratulations! You've bought your ticket, packed your bag and made it to the beautiful city of Mendoza- but now you are faced with a bigger question: what to do, apart from studying Spanish?

Here are some suggestions for things to do in Mendoza:

10 top activies that you can't miss if you are in Mendoza:

1. Go to a winery . (you choose, there are many!)

2. Have a barbeque = un asado completo

3. Try the ice-creams. They are delicous!

4. Go to the Andes mountains by the local bus.

5. Have a drink at Arisitides Villanueva Street.

6. Have dinner at a unique place: www.facebook.com/los.chocos

7. Go to thermal hot spring waters in Cacheuta, the hotel Spa or the public swimming-pools.

8. Try "mate" = the local drink, kind of tea. You need that the locals offer that to you.

9. Visit San Martin park.

10.  Do some extreme activity like paragliding.

BODEGA WINE TOUR AND TASTING OPTIONS

A. Maipu Wine Bike Tour

The best budget alternative. Renting a bike in Maipu to see some bodegas, closed Sundays, get off the bus at Calle Urquiza and there are several bike rentals nearby, such as Mr. Hugo, who are probaly the best. Make sure the bike is in good shape! Get clear directions and a map. Then, bike south along Urquiza and make sure you hit the following bodegas: Tempus Alba, Di Tommaso (for the tour, wine not so great) and Carinae (try the premium tasting, especially the rosé), and the Olive farm across from Carinae. Budget about 250 pesos  each for winetastings, bikes cost about 45 pesos to rent until 6 pm.
Go early! Leave city about 8 am, getting to bike rentals about 9 am, becuase of ensuring getting a good bike, and to get distances done in the relative cool of the morning to avoid heat. It is recommended to go all the way to Carinae first , and then take your time to work your way back north slowly.
Here is a map of the wine bodegas to the immediate east and
west of the city of Mendoza, including the Maipu area. It does not show the other areas such as Lujuan de Cuyo.
http://argentinaesmendoza.com.ar/imagenes/maipuguaymallen.gif
LOCAL BUSES, "COLLECTIVOS", TO TAKE TO MAIPU-
TAKE A BUS THAT SAYS "10" IN BIG NUMBERS AT THE TOP AND THE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING IN SMALL NUMBERS IN THE WINDOW:
# 171, # 172, # 173 AT THE CORNER OF RIOJA AND CATAMARCA STREET IN CENTRAL MENDOZA CAPITAL, 3 BLOCKS SOUTH OF CALLE SAN MARTIN. GET OFF ON URQUIZA WHEN YOU SEE ALL THE BIKE RENTAL SHOPS SPACED BETWEEN THE PLAZOLETA RUTINI AND GOMEZ STREET. Get a buscard, it will cost you about 4.50 one way, you cannot use money.
A blog by someone who rented a bike in Maipu and did the bodega self-tour:
http://gogreentravelgreen.com/green-travel-stories/bike-wine-tour-in-maipu-its-better-after-a-bottle/

B. Wine Tours in Vans

Many options, ask me. These can range from 150 to 400 US dollars, depending on the level of luxury. 

THERMAL HOT SPRINGS

Cacheuta  ("catch-AY-oou-tah") is the name of the nearby spas. http://www.termascacheuta.com/index.php  For 450 pesos you can have a day at the Hotel Termas there which is great value for poshness, a buffet lunch and very posh facilities. That is if you take an Expresso Uspallata bus (not a tour) from the terminal for about 10 pesos. You should reserve for a place by telephone. Or you could just get out of the bus (be sure to tell the bus driver: "Hotel Termas") and see if they have space, and if they do not, you could walk for about 45 minutes further to the public springs which are also nice but which cost about 90 pesos for entry. There are restaurants near the public pools. Catch the 9 am bus at the latest if you are going to the hotel, and if you want to be sure, buy the tickets the day before.

The public pools (stay on the bus until the end of the line) is obviously the best budget option, and the best option if you just want to spend a few hours there.

Info about Termas hotel:

http://www.mendoza.com.ar/termas_de_cacheuta/servicios_1.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g312781-d1227466-Reviews-Hotel_Spa_Termas_Cacheuta-Mendoza_Province_of_Mendoza_Cuyo.html

http://argentinastravel.com/1083/to-chill-out-in-mendoza-head-for-the-hot-springs-at-las-termas-of-cacheuta/

info about Public Hot Springs:

http://www.orato.com/travel/visit-mendoza-hot-springs-argentina

Public Buses, schedules subject to change, buy tickets day before!


MICRO BUSES A CACHEUTA ("EXPRESO USPALLATA")
MENDOZA- CACHEUTA
Todos Dias: 9:00, 10:30, 13:30, 17:30, 20:00
plus Sabados: 6:00
plus Domingos y Feriados: 7:00
CACHEUTA- MENDOZA
Todos Dias: 10:30, 12:15, 15:45, 18:50, 21:20
plus Sabados: 7:10
plus Domingos y Feriados: 8:10

EVENTS IN MENDOZA, LISTS 

Calendario en español:
http://www.mendozaeventos.com/
 
Local Newspaper, in Spanish:
http://www.losandes.com.ar/estilo/
 
Couchsurfing local forum in English and Spanish:
http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=4140
 
Wine Republic Magazine, in English:
http://www.wine-republic.com/events

 

 

 

See

 

Do

Many companies organize trekking, expeditions, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting in the desert and the mountains. Mountain cabins in areas with spectacular scenery are easily rentable in the city. Check the classified ads in the newspaper.

 

Accommodation

A list of a wide-range of tourist accomodation options: http://www.welcomeargentina.com/mendoza/alojamientos.html

Another option is to ask on the Mendoza forum of Couchsurfing
http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=4140
or Mendoza subforum on accomodation:
http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=29132
(you will have to join couchsurfing as a member if you are not already and then join the Mendoza group, it is free, and a good way to find out about some events).

Stay safe

Be wary of scams, especially around the bus terminal. Occasionally foreigners will pretend to have been robbed and use your sympathy to "borrow" money for a bus ride.

Specifically, a guy claiming to be a Dutch/Belgian traveller who got 'mugged' at the station, having everything including his backpack taken. Do not help him out, he's a local and has been doing this for a while.

As everywhere in Argentina, be careful of the vehicles. They do not honour the right-of-way-for-pedestrian or stop-sign laws (the police just stand around and watch the "fun"). Intersections are death traps, this cannot be emphasised too much, the vehicles are always driven erratically, fast, without attention, wandering and without signalling. Look everywhere, and make no assumptions. Especially be careful when there is a bus or taxi approaching from any direction. Many pedestrians choose to jaywalk (not a crime here) in the middle of the block to avoid endangering their lives and limbs at intersections!

HIKING AND TREKKING

A. Half Day Cerro de Arco hike

Bustop in front of
AMICANA, Calle Chile 987, to wait for first bus, Linea
3, # 114 / 115 , El Challao, from 8 am. If people
arrive late, they can take a later bus in about 20 to
25 minutes and catch up. The bustop is located near
thecorner with Calle Rivaderia at the south west corner
ofPlaza Indendencia.
ALSO, the bus stops opposite the Park gates, across
Boulonge-Sur-Mer on Emilio Civit Street. Every 25
minutes.

http://maps.google.es/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Chile+987,+Mendoza,+Argentina&daddr=Av+Sarmiento+to:Avenida+Emilio+Civit+769,+Mendoza,+Argentina&hl=es&geocode=FbkgCv4d1n3l-ylTQfDRGgl-ljEo0zMRyj3U8w%3BFW8mCv4dd3vl-w%3BFZ8wCv4d-0Pl-yn_J23tqgl-ljEDIoFYAFWn6g&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=-32.888635,-68.85353&sspn=0.008451,0.018818&ie=UTF8&ll=-32.888669,-68.853378&spn=0.008451,0.018818&z=16

Other stops are listed at B and C

Arrive at the El Challao-Mirador bustop, in front of a large white disco and start
walking east across the gravel parking lot about 75 metres until you get to a dike. Turn left at the dike and walk another 75 metres where you turn right on a downslope. Walk on the dirt road for about a kilometer until you get to the Club Andista clubhouse.

Then, walk up the service road to
near the summit, about a 1,5 hour walk up. Best place for a picnic is the subshelter for the
Hang gliders (another 15 minutes up from helicopter
pad, going to top towers not worth it).

Begin descent, of about 1 hour, down the
service road, return to clubhouse and maybe have a beer
there if you want, 20 minute walk back to bustop at Mirador, bus back every 15
to 20 minutes for a bus back to the city.

Bring lots of water.
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3 OPTIONS FOR HIKING AND CAMPING IN NEARBY CORDON DE
PLATA

1. I suggest Vallecitos, the old ski area southwest of
Potreillos. No regular buses there, have to go to Las
Vegas and hitchike from there, though Huenca has a van
that goes there for 400 pesos one way (expensive).
Great alpine meadows and awesome views.

.

Vallecitos to Las veguitas is the first stop to access
several 4000-6000 meter peaks. This is an important
area for training before most people consider
Aconcagua. In the summer it is a hike to las veguitas
green meadow, to deciding further distances depending
on the weather. There are several refugios (hostel
like accommodations) to stay since this is also the area
for the Vallecitos ski area.

The description of all treks:
http://www.summitpost.org/area/range/170924/cordon-del-plata.html

Here is one the better refugios. They can give you all
the details and can arrange final transport since the
bus from Mendoza will drop off quite far from the
area.
You can pay 100$ar for someone to drive you from the
bus to the base. The bus is company is uspallata
expresso from mendoza bus terminal and cost less than
$10AR
http://www.refugio-sanbernardo.com.ar/index_eng.htm

2. Another alternative is Manantiales, not as high up
so not as cold and the views are not so great, to the
southwest of Potreillos, where there are buses by
Expresso Uspallata leaving from the bustation (see
schedule below) . There is a great Micro Brewery, Bar
and Pub called Jerome.
http://www.cervezajerome.com/services.htm The is a
hostel there too, called El Puesto
http://www.elpuestohostel.com.ar/ , email
info@elpuestohostel.com.ar . You could walk to the
falls, the trail is a bit tricky to find, about 8 to 9
hours round trip from Manantiales. Ask at the brewery
or hostel on how to get there.

Bus schedule to and from Manantiales

buses LEAVE from Mendoza:

8:25 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and
holidays

12:50 pm on Mon, Wed and Fri

1:00 on Sundays and holidays

7:30 pm from Monday to Saturday (NOT Sundays and
holidays)


Buses RETURN from Manantiales:

6:15 am from Mon to Sat (not Suns or holidays)

10:30 am and 17:15 pm Mons , Weds and Fris

18:30 ( 6 pm) Sundays and Holidays

google maps

http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=349d8975ec&view=att&th=124b7a4fd06d8796&attid=0.1&disp=thd&realattid=Imagen_GoogleEarth.jpg&zw

3. Take A DIFFERENT uspallata expresso bus to the Valle
del Sol- PIEDRAS DE BLANCAS and start the hike to
CerroPlatita which is also in the Cordon del Plata. There
isa hostel near the base and the owner can provide more
information about the 2-3 night backpacking trip. I
recently did this same trip and documented it on
summitpost. If you do not have a car then this is much
cheaper option since the bus takes you near the base
ofthe hike.
http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/579084/cerro-platita.html
http://hostelplatita.com.ar/

The weather in the higher zones:
http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Vallecitos/6day/top

 

...or do a shorter day hike from the same start:

Morro del Negro (3631 m)

Source: Cordón de Plata Mapa Topográfico, Anokerer
GIS Solutions

 

Category: Day Hike

Round Trip Duration: 8-10 hours

Ascent: 6-8 hours

Descent: 2-3 hours

Physical Difficulty: Easy-moderate

Technical Difficulty: Easy

 

Getting to the Trailhead:

By bus: Take the Expreso Uspallata from Mendoza to the
last stop at Piedras Blancas (Potrerillos). Across the
road from the bus stop, you will see a road called
Draghi Lucero. Walk up this road for approximately 200
-300 metres. The trail is to your right up the first
small summit of many.

 

By car: Take Route 7 (63 km) to Potrerillos. From
Potrerillos, take Route 89 (15 km) through the small
villages of El Plata and Las Vegas until you reach
Piedra Blancas. In Piedras Blancas look for a sign
indicating the road to Vallecitos. Turn right (west)
on
this road and follow it until it turns north. Look for
a bus stop and across from it a road called Draghi
Lucero.

 

The Trail:

Ascent:

At a minor intersection approximately 300 metres up
the
road, the trail begins steeply up the small ridge.
Once
on top follow the trail to the west and begin climbing
the succession of summits. After about the third or
fourth summit, you will reach a large plateau, which
often has a herd of cattle grazing on it. Pass the
large plateau and head in a southwest direction.
Folllow the trail that traverses slighty below the
west
side of the ridge. The trail will meet the Quebrada de
la Angostura and follows a short distance along it
until the trail crosses the saddle and heads up the
next summit of black rock. Continue until another
succession of small summits leads to the top of Morro
de Negro.

 

Descent:

It is advisable to return via the same route, although
after the plateau it is possible to leave the ridge
and
descend into the valley early following a horse trail.
This is quicker, but the trail is steep and it leads
to
a fenced private property with dogs and livestock. In
order to exit it is necessary to cross fences and risk
encountering an unfriendly dog or property owner.

 

It is also possible to descend via the Quebrada de la
Angostura to join the road to Vallecitos. This is only
advisable if transportation or accommodation has been
arranged. The descent ends close to the beautiful log
house of La Charamusca Salon de Té

ALTA MONTAÑA, ACONCAGUA, EL CRISTO REDENTOR, PUENTE DEL INCA

CRISTO-ACONCAGUA VIEWPOINT-PUENTE DEL INCA
An all day monster hike and cheap milkrun bus trip to
the high mountains on weekdays, the highlight being the
tough, low oxygen, highsloped hike up to the old
Libertadores pass to the historic statue of Cristo
Redentor on the border, where the view is astounding.
You need to be reasonably fit. It is a full tough day,
but you will see some great scenery. Bring food AND
WATER as the restaurants are bad and pricey (treat
yourself to a great late supper in a good restaurant
back in Mendoza).
The schedule (for a weekday only):

(the bus leaves Weekends and holidays at 7:00 am,
rather than 6 am, which does not leave time to do El
Cristo hike in time to get back to get the last bus
from las Cuevas at 4:30 pm unless you are very fit and
quick; all the other bus times are the same everday)

:45 am Mendoza Bus Buy tickets to Las Cuevas at the
Expreso Uspallata line bus counter, about 80 pesos
one-way. Or, buy the day before to be sure.
6:00 sharp, bus leaves al punto.
9:30 bus stops at Uspallatta for about 5 minutes,
washroom break (after bus passes butdoes not stop at
las Horcones Migración, look out right window for 45
second view of Aconcagua in case it clouds over in
afternon)
11:00 Bus arrives at Las Cuevas arch, start hiking up
old highway (used before tunnel built), picnic lunch
halfway up

14:00 approximately, reach el Cristo statue, 15 minute
rest and photo session

14:15 descent
16:15 arrive back to Las Cuevas, buy bus tickets at
restaurant to entrance of Aconcagua Park (about 3
pesos, as only a 10 minute ride).
16:29 get bus at Las Cuevas
16:45 get off bus at entrance to Aconcaugua Park, buy
Mirador entrance (about 23 pesos for foreigners,10
pesos for Argentinos), and hike half hour to lookout
trail for view of Aconcagua and rest for 20 minutes in
long grass in alpine meadow beside Horcones pond; hike
back to Park Entrance, and then an extra half hour down
on highway to Puente del Inca
19:30 end hike at Punte del Inca, admire historic
natural sulpher brige formation, have a beer at one of
the scuzzy kioskos.
20:15 catch last milkrun Expreso Uspallata to Mendoza
(e may have to change buses in Uspallata), about 20
pesos, buy tickets from bus driver. The bus starts from
here, not from Park and not from las Cuevas.
23:15 arrive at Mendoza Bus terminal, tired but happy

OPTIONS: CAMP IN USPALLATA, OR AT CRISTO

BRING
2 litres of water
A picnic lunch (the restaurants are terrible)
Snacks for later in afternoon
Passport or DNI, as we may be stopped by Gendarmaria
for ID checks.
A light jacket AND sweater, it is a lot cooler up
there
Sunscreen/Sunblock
Hat to protect from strong sun
Some aspirin for possible minor high altitude reaction
At least 200 pesos cash, for contingencies
, and wear GOOD strong shoes or boots.


Description and pictures of hike to Cristo el Redentor

Cristo el Redentor
http://argentinastravel.com/440/cristo-el-redentor-christ-the-redeemer-is-also-in-patagonia/
Description and pictures of sights you will see:
http://argentinastravel.com/outdoors/trekking/mendoza/
Tariffs for Entering viewpoint trail: foreigners $6 US
dollars, about 23 pesos .

(A lot of people pay the 80 pesos or so to walk the 5
hour or so round trip hike to La Confluencia megacamp,
but it is not worth it, the scenery is not that great,
the trail is dusty and crowded with aggressive horse
cargo trains. The view from the interpretive trail is
more than sufficient.)
http://www.aconcagua.mendoza.gov.ar/

IDEAS FOR A WEEK'S SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES IN MENDOZA

 

Monday
lunes 
Some ideas for activities in Mendoza

-Visit the best wineries.
Bus Vitivinícola - Mendoza - Argentina

www.busvitivinicola.com
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-Horse back riding:  gauchoexperience@hotmail.com
Teléfono:
(0054 9) (0) 261 5592711
Lun -Dom
9:00 - 12:00
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City tour: Buy a ticket to visit the city at Chile and Sarmiento Street in front of the
 Hyatt Hotel

 


Tuesday
martes -Free Gym classes
Where: San Martin Park
Time: 5pm
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-Rent bikes and visit wineries
Mr. Hugo
www.delegation.ca/rentalbikes
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-Gym
If you want to do aerobics, salsa, pilates, Brazilian dances, check this out
www.pedroap.com

Wednesday
miércoles -Linguistic exchange
Time: from 9 pm to whenever  you want to.
Where: Café LEROT, 263 Arisitiedes Villanueva Street.
This is an informal meeting where the locals and natives gather to practice
 the language they want to. It’s an excellent opportunity to make friends
and meet then later on to talk.
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Tango classes
Where: San Juan Café . San Juan and R. de Siria Street
Time: 9pm

Thursday
jueves -Free Gym classes
Where: San Martin Park
Time: 5pm
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-Wine tasting:
Vines of Mendoza
Where: Espejo 567; www.vinesofmendoza.com

 

 

 

Friday
viernes 

 

Let’s have a drink!?
 -Have a drink and experience the night life in Mendoza . 
Where: Aristides Villanueva and Olascoaga Street
Time: from 10pm
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-Wine tasting courses
enoteca@fondovitivinicola.com.ar
The classes are in Spanish. They are very good and cheap!
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Visit Chacras de Coria
The perfect place to visit on a Sunday. The antique fair s a great place for a rummage
 (it has been known to find  some real treasure). There is an excellent winery called Clos
 de Chacras, 2 blocks from the plaza. Chacras is 15 minutes by taxi. To get a bus take the number 115 or 116 from 25 de mayo and Montevideo in the city center.
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Go to Mercado Central
See a wide varity of typical food .
Where: Las Heras and Patricias Mendocinas Streets.
Remember that shops are open from 9am to 1pm and then 5 pm to 9pm
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Cooking class
Let’s cook typical Argentinean food, like empanadas, flan,alfajores!
And learn informal and funny expressions connected to food.
Where: in my house with me as a chef!
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Arabian food.
If you are tired of eating the bife the chorizo every day, try this delicious Arabian food and enjoy the show watching beautiful belly dancers.
Al Yabal restaurant
Moron 249 - Ciudad - Mendoza
http://www.mendoza.com/foods/al-yabal-restaurante

 

 

Saturday
sábado 
Full day Spa in Cacheuta Hotel.

http://www.termascacheuta.
com/hotel.html?gclid=CK-OirLYuaECFczE3AodGRpG-Q
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-Rafting
Argentina Rafting, www.argentinarafting.com
-Rios Andinos
http://www.riosandinos.com.ar/
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Cinema
See a movie at Universidad theatre any night.
 http://www.cine.uncu.edu.ar/contenido/
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Visit San Rafael, Valle Grande
This is a town in the South of Mendoza. It is about 350km. There are many beautiful cabins to stay for a weekend. Check this out : www.careleufu.com.ar

 In Valle Grande you can do rafting, go horse riding, visit the dams, go camping by the river and relax.
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Tired of Argentinean food? Try Arabian food and the show!

Alyabal Restaurante Arabe
Restaurante Arabe, Restaurantes - Cocina Rabe - Morón 249, Mendoza Capital, Mendoza - Teléfono: (026115) 556-3787
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Restaurantes Arabes
Restaurantes - Cocina Arabe - Restaurantes - Teléfono: (0261) 420-5208              (0261) 420-5208       - Godoy Cruz 670, Mendoza, Mendoza
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Restaurante Kalamun arabe
Restaurantes - Cocina Rabe - Godoy Cruz 670, Piso PB, Dpto 5, Mendoza Capital, Mendoza - Teléfono: (0261) 420-5208              (0261) 420-5208     
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Restaurant Arabe
Especialidades Arabes, Restaurantes - Cocina Rabe - Loria 5801, Chacras de Coria, Mendoza - Teléfono: (0261) 496-0398              (0261) 496-0398     
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Visit’ Piedras blancas’
If you feel like hiking, this is a good place to see the high Andes. You can stay in nice cabins like www.complejoelplata.com.ar , or in the hostel
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Sunday
domingo 

Andes & Aconcagua Tour.

-Take the local
bus and have a unique experience. (ask me for more information)
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-Free Gym classes
Where: San Martin Park
Time: 11pm
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-Hiking Cerro Arco/
Paragliding
(ask me to send you information)
-Fly Excursion Tel: 156 151159;
flyexcursion@ yahoo.com
Vegetarian restaurants
Arrope
Primitivo de la Reta 927 - Capital - Gran Mendoza
Govinda
San Martín 453 - Godoy Cruz - Gran Mendoza
Tel: (0261) - 424 3799              424 3799     
Línea Verde
Mitre 1468 - Capital - Gran Mendoza
Tel: (0261) - 429 2117              429 2117     
Naturata
Don Bosco 73 - Capital - Gran Mendoza
Tel: (0261) - 420 3087              420 3087     
The Green Apple
Colón 458 - Capital - Gran Mendoza
Tel: (0261) - 429 9444              429 9444