Mendoza is a charming city located at the foothills of the Andean Mountains situated between Buenos Aires and Santiago. The city attracts many adventure seekers such as climbers, hikers, trekkers, horseback riders and rafters during the summer months and during the winter months the city is a magnet for the skiers due to the proximity of the Andean Mountain range.Mendoza does not only attract the sport driven people, but the city is also attracts food and wine lovers as the area is very well know for its wine making and olive oil production. The greater Mendoza area is actually the largest wine producing area in all of Latin America and is one of the nine cities in the world in the network of Great Capitals of Wine and is booming in the wine tourism sector.
Before the Spanish arrived in the late 16th century Mendoza was inhabited by three tribes the Huarpes, Puelches and the Incas. The Huarpes tribe had developed their own irrigation system that the Spanish further embellished. This irrigation system is still used today reaching over 100,000 trees that line the city streets of Mendoza and allowed for large population growth before the Spanish arrived. There was a large earthquake that severely damaged parts of the city in 1861. Parts if the city was rebuilt with wider streets and taller buildings and so you are able to see the distinct difference and contrast of the areas pre and post the earthquake of 1861. The city is rich with culture and outdoor activities. Some of the must see and must do attractions in Mendoza are visiting the La Fontaine de L'Observatoire, the Plaza Pedro del Castillo, Plaza Independencia, Plaza España, monuments dedicated to José de San Martín and the monument to the Army of the Andes, visiting the park of Aconcagua, Potrerillos Dam and the number of wine and olive tours. This is a great city to enjoy great food and culture as you take in all the natural beauty that surrounds you.