Parque General San Martín
This park is a beautiful and green place at South Mendoza; there are many interesting points in or near there: the zoo, the summer theatre, the Malvinas Argentinas soccer stadium. And there, you can take and open bus and go to the top of Cerro de la Gloria, where is a magnificent monument to General San Martín's gest, built by Uruguayan sculptor Ferrari.
(This monument is an allegory, and it is better if a guide explains its meaning.)
From the top of Cerro de la Gloria, you will enjoy a beautiful sight of Mendoza.
Este parque es un hermoso espacio verde situado al sur de Mendoza; hay varios puntos de interés en él o en sus alrededores: el zoológico, el teatro de verano, el estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Allí se puede tomar un bus abierto y subir hasta la cima del Cerro de la Gloria, en donde se encuentra el magnífico monumento a la gesta del General San Martín, creado por el escultor uruguayo Ferrari. Este monumento es una alegoría, y es mejor si un guía explica su significado. Desde el Cerro de la Gloria, se disfruta de una hermosa vista de Mendoza.
Kahuak - Horseback riding in stunning scenery
Around Mendoza, horseback riding is just thrilling ! There are several tour operators available, check either in your Hotel / Hostal, or in Mendoza's "Peatonal", where you can find a lot of agencies.
However - I did my horseback rides with Kahuak and it was thrilling !
The horseback ride (1 full day) took me south of Mendoza, into the pre-cordillera, into a stunning valley full of different and typical plants. A wonderful and serene place.
The horses are well trained and they seem even to realize the "riding experience" of the rider :-)
The usual gear you need for horseback riding - long pants and good boots.
Water and sun lotion.
They organize food and everything else for you - on a full day, you can enjoy fantastic asado :-)
And they pick you up from wherever you stay.
1 full day was 90 Pesos (december 2004 and january 2005), 110 Pesos in october 2005.
Eat well at Quinta Norte
It's a beautiful place on the corner of Mitre Ave. and Espejo Street in front of Independence Square. Great atmosphere, beautiful people, good music and what's more great food and prices! Ravioli with white sauce!
Bernardo O’Higgins park
This is the park I walked through when I tried to visit Mendoza’s Museo Fundacional, very close to the weird museums with the snakes and frogs! :) (see my off the beaten path tips). Anyway, I liked it a lot walking through the trees (Mendoza’s streets are tree lined also) but the strange thing to see here was a bizarre playground with some weird shapes (see pic).
Hopefully, it was daylight when I was there because otherwise it would look like a scenery from a horror movie! There is also a fun park called City Boy but it was also empty but I guess noone wants to go there under that strong sun.
The park has the name of another famous commander (very common in Latin America). Bernardo O’Higgins (1778-1842) was the leader at the independence war against Spain (with San Martin) in Chile. That’s why in Chile there is a much bigger park that is called Parque Bernardo O’Higgins. Mendoza’s park is just a small one I walked through…
Museo Historico San Martin
I didn't know about The San Martin's Historical Museum and to be honest I was tired of him after seeing so many squares, statues, and streets with his name :)
After a short walking at San Martin avenue (you see?) I saw the Alameda, a promenade with some nice trees and statues and close by was the San Martin’s library and museum. I said "let's give him one last chance!" and I went inside...
This was supposed to be his house but he never lived here. The museum is small but holds some interesting information about the life of the legendary liberator against Spain. A lot of artifacts, portraits, guns and other personal items and some signs with info (in Spanish and english) about his life