Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja.
This area of Argentina is best known for its acclaimed wine regions in the provinces of Mendoza and San Juan. Over the last two decades Mendoza’s beautiful terroirs at the foot of the Andes mountains have become a quality-driven, world class haven for local and international wine-makers. The Cuyo area is full of natural beauty, from the river-banks and palm groves of Entre Rios to the the summit of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas.
The history of the region includes the Pehuenche and Huarpe people, the Jesuit missionaries who were kind enough to bring the first grape vines to the New World, and the famous crossing of the Andes by José de San Martin, the Liberator of Argentina from Spanish rule.
- Vineyards and wineries
- The Andes mountains, the Aconcagua peak
- Cañón de Atuel, San Rafael – stunning canyon, rafting destination
- Historical museums, colonial town squares
- Puente del Inca, bridge of the Incas
- Estancias – historic rural properties that are also working ranches
- Excellent restaurants, luxury accommodations, and spas Possible activities include: Wine tasting and fine dining, swimming, rafting, kayaking, hiking, climbing, downhill and cross-country skiing, horse-back riding, cycling, cooking classes, photo-safaris, spa-going, and walking through vineyards and foothills.