Ah, Mendoza. Welcome to a city of fine wine, rich national history, and, of course, home base for those in search of the highest mountain on planet Earth outside of Asia. Yes it's more low-key than some of its metropolitan peers, and yes it may cultivate something of an older, wine connoisseur culture, but pay that no mind, traveler. Whether you're looking to marvel at the untamed beauty of western Argentina, revel in the victorious accomplishments of General San Martin, or simply soak up some delicious Malbec in anticipation of a late night out on the town, there's a little something for everyone to enjoy in the country's 4th largest metropolis.
Temperatures here are dry but moderate, with summertime highs hitting 30+ C (86+ F) and wintertime lows hovering right around freezing. This makes Mendoza an ideal adventure destination to visit year round, with plenty of seasonal options to tackle. Thrill seekers, if not climbing Mt. Aconcagua, can test their skills on the slopes of Las Lenas and Penitentes in the winter, or push their adrenaline to the maximum on the world-class rapids of Rio Mendoza in the summer. Hikers need only look as far as Cerro Arco just to the northwest if stunning parks like Sierra de las Quijadas are too far a drive.
But maybe culture and history are more your thing. We can get on board with that. If that's the case, try to make it in out in early March to celebrate the National Grape Harvest Festival. Otherwise, there are year-round options aplenty, like exploring the seriously spacious Parque General San Martin or taking a day trip to the mountaineering museum located near the famed Incan Bridge in Mendoza Province. Should you decide to keep things relaxed, just take a stroll along Av Aristides Villanueva, where there's a bottle of world class wine and some tasty grilled meat waiting for you at any number of the city's quality restaurants. Not a bad way to spend some time in Argentina, no?