DuVine Apres Velo - Mendoza, Argentinaby Bike tour guru
The center of the Argentinean wine industry, Mendoza is a superb place to spend time before or after a bike tour in Argentina. Though the region is a very dry desert, the city and its surrounding regions have an immense irrigation system that allows for the extensive growth of grapes. Relaxing in Mendoza while tasting the regions finest wines one can never go wrong.
In addition to the irrigation supplying water for the wine industry, it also helps create a beautiful city. The greenery within the city provides much more scenic streets that are more wide-open and spacious than in other Argentinean cities.
One such example of the great greenery in the city is the Parque San Martin. The park is great both for biking and walking through on a nice day. Behind the zoo in the northwest corner of the park is a great viewing spot called the Cerro de la Gloria. The angle down on the city with the mountains in the background makes for a beautiful view.
Of course, the wine here cannot be ignored. Even though you will get plenty of opportunities to taste the wine during the bike tour, the more the merrier. Prepare in advance, as some wineries require reservations that must be booked ahead of time.
Plaza Espana is the most beautiful square in the city of Mendoza. It is artistically decorated with cultural motifs that express a lot of the relationship the city has with Spain. The statue on top of the central wall puts it all together. Visit this plaza for a moment of cultural awe.
The mountain ranges are excellent for hiking and enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding region. Aconcagua, part of the Andes mountain range, is the highest peak in the Americas and is just a 70 mile ride from Mendoza. Hiking in the mountain range nearby will allow you to see the top, given nice weather. On that note, if you are interested in going there to see the top, check the weather before you leave.
Mendoza is a beautiful city with influences of Spanish culture spread throughout. The surrounding regions are diverse and interesting to explore. Before or after a bike tour in Argentina, Mendoza should be at the top of your list when looking at places to stay.