The stuff in the Tourist Informantion are very friendly, smiling all the time but the don’t speak English! Helloooo! TOURISTS people! Don’t this ring the bell? :)
Anyway, I used my spanish and they provided me with some basic map of the city (poor quality) and they showed me on it some suggestions about sights, eating etc You can find there many leaflets about tours around for mountens, hiking, wine tours, climbing etc
The office is open daily from 9 in the morning till 9 in the night.
address: Av. San Martín y Garibaldi.
Its in the city center at a kiosk built in the middle of pavement
Tel: (+54) 0261 4201333
Biking the Andes to Aconcagua
Mendoza is an excellent starting point for all kind of outdoor activities,mainly trekking, hiking and of course, biking.
Downtown you'll find quite a few agencies and tour operators.
My friend Klaus and I took the bus in Mendoza and went to Malargüe, where we started our Andes-cross to Chile. In Chile we went up to Portillo (ski-resort), from there up an endless winding dirtroad up to 'Cristo Redentor' (about 3.800 m above sealevel).
The view was excellent, but too many tourists in buses came up there from the Argentina side of the Andes.
We got our kicks when riding the wild downhill to Puente del Inca, passing by the basecamp of the Aconcagua (6.962 m).
We saw the snow-covered Aconcagua in full beauty - no clouds, just perfect!!!
The next day we rode our bikes from Puente del Inca to Uspallata, and then one day later our Andes tour ended up in Mendoza, from where we had started 2 weeks ago. bring a good bike, not to much 'stuff', and lots of fitness!
This is a very special reataurant owned by a tibetan who came many years ago with the cru of the film, Seven years on the tibet ( i did not know that was film in Mendoza ) food was very innovative and very tasty, service was Ok, decoration very nice.
It's the principal square in Mendoza. It's a very clean and nice square!
Es la plaza principal de Mendoza Ciudad.
Es una plaza muy linda y limpia.
Underground Chamber in Plaza Pedro del Castillo
Near the fountain at the Plaza Pedro del Castillo, there're stairs that take you to the underground chamber. To go in you have to have a guide, who can be reached at the Area Fundacional Museum. Inside the chamber you'll find two other fountains that lie exactly under the one at the square. Additionally, these two underground fountains were built one on top of the other.
The lower one is the 1810 Fountain, and the upper one is a fountain that was built in 1930.
In 1861, when the earthquake destroyed Mendoza, it destroyed the square and everything it had. Years later the square was used as a slaughterhouse, and you'll see rests of bones and other things in the walls of the chamber.
In 1930 a new fountain was built, on top of the 1810 fountain. That same year was the first military coup d'etat in Argentina, and in 1931 the military government had the fountain covered and a flag was put on top of the cover.
Since 1993, when the square was remodelled, there's a new working fountain.