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Mendoza - Argentina - City of Sun and Good Wine
This beautiful city, where I lived several years, is located 32° 53′ 0″ S, 68° 49′ 0″ W, in the state with the same name, Province of Mendoza. Mendoza is one of the oldest cities in the Republic of Argentina, was funded in 1561. It has an area of 54 km2 (21 sq mi) and an elevation of 746.5 m (2,449.1 ft).
The City of Mendoza has an amazing high plains and foothills formations on the eastern side of the Andes: the longest continental mountain range in the world. You can find the second highest peak in the World: "Mount Aconcagua", rises to an elevation of about 6,962 m (22,841 ft) above sea level!
Mendoza has a continental arid climate, temperatures show a significant annual oscillation and rainfalls are low.
Summer is hot and humid, is the rainiest season and average temperatures are above 25° C.
Winter is cold and dry, with average temperatures below 8° C, occasional you can have frosts and low rainfalls at nights. Falling snow and sleet are rare, usually occur once a year, although with little intensity in the higher areas of the city.
I lived in Mendoza when I was a child and later on when I was 17 years old, when I started my University degree in Economics. Mendoza is well known for its high level of University education and variety of Academies.
You can find these establishments:
- Universidad Nacional de Cuyo
- University of Mendoza
- Universidad Congreso
- Champagnat University
- Aconcagua University
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Mendoza presents you with so many things to do, on daytime or nightime. Please find below a list of some of the places you can visit:
- Plaza de las Artes
- Paseo Mitre
- Paseo Alameda
- Terraza Jardín Mirador Arq. Gerardo Américo Andía
- Acuario Municipal
- Cementerio Municipal
- Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno (MMAMM)
- Museo del Área Fundacional (MAF)
- Ruinas de San Francisco
- Museo del Pasado Cuyano
- Museo y Biblioteca General San Martín
- Portones del Parque General San Martín
- Lago del Parque General San Martín
- Cerro de la Gloria
- Plaza Independencia
- Plaza España
- Plaza Italia
- Plaza Chile
- Plaza San Martín
- Parque Central
- Paseo Peatonal Sarmiento
- Pasaje San Martín
Las Leñas Ski Centre:
If you like Ski, Mendoza has one of the most amazing Ski Centres in Latinamerica. Las Leñas is considered one of the biggest ski resorts in Argentina and South America.
Skiable Surface: 17,500 hectares
Means of elevation: 14 (including a ski carpet for beginners)
Elevation on the top: 3.430 m.
Elevation at the base: 2.240 m.
Mendoza and the Wine
Mendoza is the largest wine region in Argentina, responsible for about 70% of the country's annual wine production.
Mendoza has many high-altitude vineyards, with an average altitude of around 900m (3000ft) above sea level. Soil types vary across the region, but the majority of the vines are planted on alluvial soils, illustrating the reliance on local rivers for irrigation.
A large number of grape varieties grow successfully in Mendoza, including:
- Cabernet Sauvignon