For those living outside the country, Mendoza’s reputation for providing heart pounding excitement is probably far less established than its reputation for producing internationally acclaimed wines. Here at EO, this is a perspective we’re happy to invert. After all, any city that plays gateway to the world’s highest mountain outside of Asia deserves an honest adventurer’s second look. And third. But expand your gaze beyond the intoxicating allure of a bottle of dry Malbec and the looming shadow of Mt. Aconcagua and you’ll discover a whole host of adrenaline inducing activities just waiting to be explored.
Prefer skiing down snow covered slopes to climbing up them? You’re in luck. Far south and slightly west of Mendoza you’ll find Las Leñas, arguably the best skiing and boarding destination in the entire country. Here amazing runs are nestled against the isolated backdrop of beautiful western Argentina, providing both memorable scenery and invigorating excitement. If the 450 km drive is too much for you, however, Los Penitentes is another respectable option much closer (just 180 km west) to the city center.
But don’t fret, warm weather lovers, Mendoza isn’t reserved entirely for hardened winter adventurers. With the foothills of the Andes nearby, there are plenty of great day hikes around the city to explore, including neighboring Cerro Arco and the Quebrada del Salto, with its wealth of manageable mastiffs and picturesque valleys. And if getting out on the water is your thing, rivers like Rio Mendoza provide a refreshing challenge for anyone looking to tack white water rafting onto their itinerary. In short, if 22,841 ft. rock and ice behemoths aren’t your only idea of adventure, and even if they are, Mendoza has you covered.