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AFAR.com local expert Nora Walsh—founder of the travel blog Patchwork Compass—shares where to eat, drink, and relax in Argentina’s wine capital.
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RN144, Mendoza, Argentina
Travelers who think heaven should include golf, tennis, horseback riding, mountains, vineyards, and mouthwatering food and wine all in one place should book a stay at Algodon Wine Estates. The property rolls across 2,000 acres of picturesque...
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Costaflores s/n, Cobos, M5507 Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Cavas Wine Lodge is the quintessential romantic retreat. Located on a secluded vineyard in the heart of Mendoza’s wine country, the peaceful property offers 17 very private villas, which appear to have grown organically amid the 55-acre...
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Ruta Provincial 82, Km 38, M5507 Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
If you’re looking for a day of grape-free respite in Mendoza, head off-the-grid to the hot springs of Cacheuta. The Terma Spa welcomes guests with an assemblage of thermal baths overlooking the scenic Mendoza River flowing downstream from the...
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Av Emilio Civit 701, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina
For those of you who don’t like to miss a beat in your exercise routine while on the road, Deporte Abierto is a fun way to workout with the locals. In Mendoza’s summer months, Mendoza Sports sponsors free exercise classes in the park on Tuesdays,...
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Guardia Vieja 1998, Vistalba, 5509 Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Entre Cielos is an award-winning boutique hotel built by a group of Swiss friends on a picturesque plot of land in Vistabla, a scenic town 30 minutes outside Mendoza’s city center. Spanning 20 acres, Entre Cielos is a modern 16-room hotel,...
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Av. San Martín 948, 5501 Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Argentina
Govinda is a popular cafeteria-style vegetarian restaurant. It has a hearty buffet with over 60 recipes that are a fusion of Indian and Argentine cuisine. They preserve the holistic Bhakti-Yoga cooking method which facilitates longevity and...
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Calle Los Indios s/n, 5567 Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina
O. Fournier is a modern architectural marvel located 80 miles (90 minutes) from downtown Mendoza in the district of San Carlos. It is one of Valle de Uco’s farthest wineries to visit, but it’s worth the drive to enjoy O. Fournier scenic views,...
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Av. Arístides Villanueva 521, M5500 Mendoza, Argentina
El Mercadito, whose value proposition of “friendly & fresh”, lives up to its promise with an international menu of gourmet salads, sandwiches and burgers (including veggie). The food is consistently wholesome and delicious, down to the fresh...
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General Manuel Belgrano 1188, M5501 Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Argentina
1884, arguably the most famous restaurant in Mendoza, is owned by celebrated chef Francis Mallmann. Tucked into the Romanesque Bodega Escorihuela in Godoy Cruz, 1884 is an elegant endeavor for those with a hearty appetite. A master griller with...