Located just a few miles east of the foothills of the Andes, Mendoza is a traveler’s dream. Gorgeous scenery, a temperate climate year-round, nearby wineries, a manageable downtown, outstanding cuisine, and a varied cultural calendar make it a favored stop. With easy access to South America’s highest peak, Aconcagua mountain (22,974 feet above sea level), Mendoza delights all who visit with its sheer variety. The city retains some 19th century character and is full of fine open spaces with a shady canopy of sycamores. Not only does Mendoza boast well-kept parks and streets, elegant tree-lined avenues, and a historic heritage, but the excellence of its wines and the beauty of its surrounding Andean landscape with its favorable conditions make it Argentina’s premier wine-growing region and top producer of Malbec. Mendoza is also a major destination for sports enthusiasts. Many outdoor sports adventure activities such as rafting, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding and more can be enjoyed in beautiful surroundings.