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Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza spans a vast land in the central-west region of Argentina and on the slopes of the Andes. Mendoza comprises the tourist region of Cuyo, along with the provinces of San Juan, San Luis, and La Rioja.

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Typical food

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Humita en chala,Mendoza, Argentina

Humita en chala Exquisite sauce style dish prepared with corn kernels, tomato, milk, and spices.

Locro,Mendoza, Argentina

Locro Delicious typical dish prepared with corn, beans, and pork.

Matambre,Mendoza, Argentina

Matambre Traditional dish prepared with wrapped beef stuffed with boiled egg and vegetables.

Tomatican,Mendoza, Argentina

Tomatican Typical dish prepared with organic tomato, spring onion, and egg. It can be accompanied with rice or potatoes.

Typical food of Mendoza, Argentina

Influenced by great cultures as the Spanish and Italian, the culinary tradition of Mendoza has been forged over time with an exquisite blend of customs with Creole origin; the flavors of its cuisine are the result of an enviable fusion of traditions.
The cuisine of this beautiful city is mainly based on the use of meat that can be enjoyed accompanied by exquisite salads or delicious cheese. The gastronomy of Mendoza also includes dishes based on seafood, including salmon and trout, among others. Among the most representative dishes of this destination you can find "patitas aliñadas", exquisite veal baked and served with chimichurri sauce, barbecue, cream cheese or tartar sauce, accompanied by delicious butter bread Figassa style; "lomitos", delicious sandwiches of beef, pork, and chicken; "carne a la olla", which is prepared with beef and white wine cooked in an iron pot; "humita en chala", a delicious sauce that is made of corn kernels, tomatoes, "ají" (a kind of chili pepper also known as "pimiento"), onion and milk. Among the most popular dishes you can find the delicious "locro", prepared with corn, beans, and pork hooves; also, the fried or baked "empanadas", patties stuffed with different stews including veal, ground beef with olives, and boiled egg, unlike the province patties which are soft and based on milk. Another very popular dish is the famous "tomaticán", which is made with organically grown cherry tomatoes, that are sweet and with a mild aroma, as well as spring onions and egg. The delicious Mendocenean olives, whether seasoned, stuffed with almonds, sardines, or blue cheese.

There is nothing better than enjoying a good wine with any of these delicious dishes and Mendoza is characterized by the exquisite union achieved between food and excellent varietals. Typical sweets as "tabletas mendocinas de alcayota", also known as "calabaza blanca y miel", which can also be prepared with fruits such as grapes, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, watermelons, and melons, complemented with walnuts and almonds; and "dulces en pan de membrillo". The syrup made with carob, fig, or prickly pear can be served with goat cheese, also known as "quesillo de cabra".

Mendoza offers a great variety of restaurants where you can enjoy its delicious regional specialties, as well as modern and refined restaurants with international specialties. At the Parrilla El Taqueo restaurant you can enjoy delicious typical Creole dishes accompanied with premium wines in an atmosphere surrounded by vineyards and olive trees; as well as Taco Tabasco, where you can enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine.


Useful Tips

  • If you travel to Mendoza during the summer, from December to March, get ready for warm days and rainy afternoons.
  • Winters are very cold and dry. You should pack adequate clothing and confirm that your hotel has heating.
  • There is much to see and to do in Mendoza and its surroundings. Remember to pack comfortable shoes and to bring a sweater in case the temperature drops (in spring and summer).

The weather in Mendoza, Argentina

The city of Mendoza has an arid climate with four well-defined seasons and usually scarce rainfall. Summers are warm and winters are cold and dry, with occasional frosts. The average annual temperature is 16.4 °C (62 °F).

What to bring by season

Summer (December to February): summers in Mendoza are warm and humid, with most of the rainfall in January and February. The average high temperatures can reach 30 °C (86 °F), but the nights are very cool, dropping to 17 to 18 °C (63 to 64 °F). We recommend that you bring a light sweater, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a swimsuit. You should also wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking around town. Fall (March to May): the afternoons and the evenings are warm in the early fall, while the mornings and evenings are cold. There are highs of 18 °C (64 °F) in May and the nights become very cold with lows of 7 °C (45 °F). You should bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for daytime wear. In the mornings and evenings, it is advisable to wear warm clothes. Winter (June to August): June and July are the coldest and driest months of the year in Mendoza. You should wear a jacket or an overcoat and a scarf, as well as warm clothes. Winter days are cold but the temperatures drop considerably at night, even below 0 °C (32 °F). It is rare to see snow in the city. Spring (September to November): the spring brings warmer days and the first rains. By November, the high temperatures reach 27 ºC (81 °F) and the lows 14 °C (57 °F). You should bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for daytime wear. In the mornings and evenings, it is advisable to wear warm clothes.


About Mendoza, Argentina

Since its founding in 1561 by the Spanish colonizers, Mendoza retains a charming serenity that has characterized it over the centuries. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Argentina, Mendoza is an artificial oasis despite its semi-desert climate, the city is full of trees and it gets its water supply through the canals and fountains that adorn each of its squares. Mendoza is rich in cultural expressions and shows its indigenous roots in crafts, folk music ("tonadas", "cuecas" and "gatos"), and its exquisite cuisine. There are many popular festivals, which are held throughout the year, as Vendimia, Festival del Tango, and Festival de Música Clásica.

Mendoza is the wine center of South America, and as such, it produces and exports wine to numerous countries, mainly Malbec, its distinctive variety. By taking the tours of "los Caminos del Vino", you can visit museums, tasting cellars, farms, old houses, and accommodations on the mountains, equipped for travelers looking to be close to nature. During the harvest time, an intense schedule of cultural activities is developed, including harvest and folk festivals, covering the first three months of the year and culminating on the first Saturday of March with Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia.

The city of Mendoza has a wide variety of shopping options and nightlife. You can find crafts in Plaza Independencia and Mercado Central. The traditional street of Aristides Villanueva houses several bars, restaurants, and fashion boutiques. Chacras de Coria, a place renowned for its gastronomy and cultural spaces, is located a short distance from the city. As for cultural shows, Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno de Mendoza publishes a monthly guide with all the information for those interested in such events. Mendoza is home to many natural attractions, as it has 14 protected natural areas, such as Piedemonte, Precordillera, and Valle de Uco. The surrounding area offers horseback riding and a wide range of eco-tourism and adventure sports. Near the city you can visit natural sites such as Mount Aconcagua, Parque Tupungato, and Reserva Natural de Villavicencio.

***The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS).