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Mendoza

Country
Argentina
State
Mendoza
City
Mendoza
Type of Location
Multiple
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How to Reach

By Air

Mendoza also has an International Airport (MDZ). It takes less than 2 hours to fly from Buenos Aires and less than 1 hour from Santiago.Mendoza is 1,037 kilometres from Buenos Aires (13 hours by bus) and 380 kilometres from Santiago, Chile (6–7 hours by bus).

By Train

A heritage railway, El Tren del Vino (The Wine Train) is being planned which will also provide local transportation; it will run through wine producing districts of Mendoza.Mendoza's development was helped partly due to its position at the start of the Transandine Railway linking it to Santa Rosa de Los Andes in Chile. The only railway operable between Argentina and Chile, after many years of inactivity, is currently under restoration and testing for its revival as a freight line by Belgrano Cargas.The Transandine Railway is a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge line, with sections of Abt rack, whilst the railways it links with are both 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge. A journey from Buenos Aires to Chile involved two breaks-of-gauge, and therefore two changes of train, one at Mendoza, and the other at Santa Rosa de Los Andes.

By Bus

The public transport system includes buses, the Mendoza trolleybus system, and taxis.The trolleybuses are more comfortable than the city buses, but are slower, not as numerous nor is the system as extensive. In 2008, Translink of Vancouver, Canada sold part of its old trolleybus fleet to Mendoza.

Key places to visit
The National Grape Harvest Festival, Mendoza natural history museum, Foundation Area Museum, Casa de Fader Museum


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Places to Visit

The National Grape Harvest Festival

takes place annually in Mendoza Province, Argentina. It is one of the most important festivals in the country attracting large numbers of tourists to the region. It is a world renowned celebration of wine and the winemaking industry.Each of the 18 departments in Mendoza Province prepare for the festival in the early months of the year. The main event occurs in the first week of March in Mendoza city featuring hundreds of dancers and performers, the selection of a "Reina Nacional de la Vendimia" (National Vendimia Queen) and a large firework display.The first vendimia celebrations in Mendoza Province occurred in the 17th Century, the first official Vendimia festival took place in 1936.

Mendoza natural history museum

The Museum of Natural Sciences and Anthropology "Juan Cornelio Moyano" is a state institution open to the general community, which rescues the historical past of man and life in general. Its sections are open windows to the awareness and knowledge. Point out aspects and moments immortalized on all collections exhibits a continuous present moment of becoming. Is linked to other museums in the world and scientific research organizations. It has qualified staff able to respond to the concerns of the general public, students, researchers, tourists and children who daily interact with him. This museum has modern concepts, as shown in the computerization of information and exposure simple, clear and concise statement of its parts.Today the Museum is closed to the public by indetermindo time, due to arrangements of buildings.

Foundation Area Museum

In the heart of historic Old Town, on the square Pedro del Castillo, former Plaza de Armas and Plaza Mayor, is the Foundation Area Museum, exactly where the council worked years ago in Mendoza.Inside you can appreciate an underground chamber that contains the archaeological remains of the Chapter Mendoza-principal administrative institution of the colonial government that was destroyed by the earthquake of March 20, 1861 - and the remains of the Municipal Slaughterhouse and Fruit Fair and vegetables, which were built on the ruins of the first building. Clearly shows the floor of the chapter houses of the council, composed of native tile and asphalt plate and red tiles belonging to the slaughterhouse and the fruit market, respectively.Among the items on display there dioramas, photographs and models that recreate the history and evolution of the city, and extracted in situ objects dating from the time of the devastating earthquake.

Casa de Fader Museum

More than just a collection of wonderful artwork, the Museo de Ballas Artes has a fascinating history belonging to a rich Argentine family in the 19th Century.Emiliano Guinazu and his wife, Narciza Araujo bought, what was then, a derelict mansion, surrounded by 95 hectares of vineyards and fruit trees, in the province of Lujan de Cuyo in 1889.On the outside, the summer house is not particularly aesthetically pleasing, but the gardens are beautiful with old trees, roses, sculptures and cascading vines.At the time, the building was empty and in need of repair so the family set about reconstructing the house and added a small swimming pool inside one of the rooms. They hired an artist to paint two murals inside the hallway and in the room that housed the indoor pool.  That artist was Fernando Fader, the inspiration for the museum. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday 9am-6.30pm and Saturday to Sunday from 3pm-7.30pm.The easiest way to get to Lujan de Cuyo by bus is to catch the Number 1/19 from Avenue Rioja near Garibaldi.The journey takes about 25 minutes.

Right Time to Visit

October - February
April - July

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