CENTRAL ANDES

CENTRAL ANDES

SUBANDEAN VALLEYS AND CANYONLANDS

THE ANDEAN MOUNTAIN RANGE TRUE BACKBONE OF SOUTH AMERICA REACHES ITS HIGHEST POINT AT MT. ACONCAGUA: 23,000 FEET IN THE ARGENTINE PROVINCE OF MENDOZA

A Mecca for mountain climbers, the Central Andes region is the home of the majestic Aconcagua and its eternal rival, the imposing Mercedario. The area features great opportunities for hiking and horseback riding at the foot or across the Andes range, while some of the best vineyards around the world silently grow up sheltered in the irrigated internal valleys.

Moreover, spectacular geological formations and deserts may be discovered in the provinces of San Juan, La Rioja and Catamarca. The extremes in temperature, the soft soil, and the water and wind erosion have carved some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes on earth.

SEVERAL PROTECTED AREAS SUCH AS LLANCANELO RESERVE HAVE BEEN RECENTLY CREATED IN THESE UNIQUE ENVIRONMENTS

GO FOR!

  • The best Malbec wine in the world.
  • The vineyards, the valleys and the mountains of Mendoza province.
  • The majestic Aconcagua Mountain, the highest peak in the Western hemisphere.
  • The latest trends in the South American food & wine experience blended with an interesting art scene, influenced and nurtured by both the well-established and the up-and-coming Argentine chefs and artists.

DO!

  • Leisurely tour the vineyards on a bicycle, or engage in a more active mountain biking trip.
  • Leisurely tour the vineyards on a bicycle, or engage in a more active mountain biking trip.
  • Day hike the Cordon del Plata and the cordillera Frontal areas, or engage in a multiday hike to reach some of Aconcagua lower base camps.

EAT!

  • Try the 5-course meal at some wineries, where young talented chefs delight visitors with their latest creations.
  • Check out some of the most renowned restaurants, already a trademark of the region and famous around the world:
  • -1884, by Francis Mallmann.
    -Bistro M, selected by Wine Spectator for their Top 100 list.
    -7 Fuegos by Francis Mallman at The Vines and some of the restaurants at Cavas Wine Lodge, Entre Cielos & Casa de Uco.
    Brindillas, as a must visit gem.

STAY!

  • In Mendoza city, for a full local experience. Walk around the parks, share the social scene and enjoy dinner at any of the walking distance restaurants.
  • At Chacras de Coria right outside Mendoza city, a neighborhood with shaded cobblestone streets and the constant murmur of the water running in the canals.
  • At Cavas Wine lodge for a romantic break, and get ready to be pampered with their outstanding service.
  • At Entre Cielos, home to the first traditional Hamam (Turkish bath circuit) in Latin America. With their first-class spa, it is “the perfect place to unwind, and reconnect with body and soul”.
  • Try the new openings such as The Vines & Casa de Uco which stand out for their service.
  • Experience the service at two emblematic lodges: The Vines & Casa de Uco, as well as the cosy posadas and hosterias.

DO NOT MISS!

  • Tasting lots of superb wine in the countless (+ 2,000) wineries of the region.
  • A horseback ride surrounded by vineyards in the Valle de Uco.
  • A white water river rafting day trip in the Mendoza River. Combined or not with hiking, rappelling, or mountain biking in the mountains.
  • An exploration of the Valle de la Luna and Talampaya Parks, as part of our “Hidden Argentina” program, masterly conducted by Maru & Luis Aguilar.
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