San Rafael Travel Guide

  • San Rafael
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  • San Rafael
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  • San Rafael
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San Rafael Things to Do

  • Bianchi Winery

    Valentín Bianchi winery is located just north of San Rafael, on the road to Mendoza. The large winery has an excellent tour, similar to other established wineries in the region, that explains the production process. What makes Bianchi different is the production of sparkling wines, aka chambagne, which is well described in the tour. This was pretty...

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  • Visit an olive oil factory

    Once you've tried wine tasting, you might enjoy a similar experience with olive oil. Yancanelo, located just outside of San Rafael on the road to Mendoza, has a small museum that includes a tour and tasting. It's actually quite interesting. The shop has a good variety of items, including local preserves and olives.

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  • River rafting

    River rafting along the Rio Atuel is a very popular activity just outside of San Rafael. There is no shortage of agencies that provide complete packages that include transportation and all the gear necessary. Check at the tourist office in San Rafael for all the information you need.

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  • Chocolates and more!

    Ketobac is the place in San Rafael to shop for local and regional chocolates, as well as alfajores, wines and other goods. There is a lot of variety here, and the service is very helpful.

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  • Valle Grande

    Valle Grande is just in the way back from Atuel Cannyon, this place is sorrounded by mountains, and a lot of peace.The most typical picture is "The submarine"This is in the upper part, then you go down and see Atuel River...

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  • Los Reyunos

    Near Diamond River, you can see one of the most beatiful scenery in San Rafael, is just 35 km from the city center.It has a lake about 700 has. where you can fishing, and do nautical sports, hiking, mountain climbing etc. There is a Private Club (it's posible rent a house there) and a camping for the "budget option".

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San Rafael Hotels

  • Tower Inn & Suites San Rafael

    Hipolito Yrigoyen 774, San Rafael, 5600, Argentina

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Kalton

    it have bar, parking out side the hotel, have the good breackfast. the girl room are clean, big and...

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San Rafael Restaurants

  • Beautiful place to stop in Valle Grande

    Restaurante del Sol is located in a beautiful riverside setting in the Valle Grande, west of San Rafael. The grounds surrounding the restaurant, as well as the dining room, provide great views of the river and surrounding ridges of the Valle Grande. I went with a group of six people, and we were all satisfied with what we ate for lunch. I had the...

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  • El Restauro

    This is a cozy restaurant with great food and desserts. The type of food comprises local meats (like lamb, pork, etc), pastas, and regional cuisine. The dishes come very well served, that make you want to eat them! Absolutely recommendable! I ate pork chops with potatoes, and it was really good. The serving size was ok, not nouvelle couisine!

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  • Cabañas de Campo

    Cabañas de Campo, was recommended to us be the concierge at our hotel. It's an all-you-can-eat parrilla (barbeque) in San Rafael, and the cost is $16 (Argentine pesos, more or less 5 USD) per person. The place is not very nice, and the food is not that great. We ate ok, but nothing out of this world. The different meats are ok, but not great.

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San Rafael Nightlife

  • A bit far

    This place was a cellar years ago... Is in the some way to the airport, a little bit far, but is really nice also.... you have to check with the locals, which one (of the two more importants dance club) are better for this weekend... (everything change everytime...)

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  • The main street

    At night (I think is only fri and sat, but ask the locals) there are a lot of bars in the main Ave. (Hipolito Yrigoyen), everypeople is there....and you have all the options... but for drinking something I think the best is Lorenzo, is a small place, all made in wood, and it has the best music in town (at least when I was the last time)... Around...

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San Rafael Transportation

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    by hmoitta Updated Feb 6, 2007

    There is only a daily Aerolineas flight from Buenos Aires to San Rafael, our flight, scheduled for 11 am ,was cancelled and only took off at 7:30 pm! So the best is to phone the company the day before to confirm the flight.

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San Rafael Shopping

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    by msocolin Updated Mar 8, 2006

    It's a chocolate factory where you can see the process of making chocolate LIVE!!! When you pass by the store, you can see a chocolate fountain in the window... it's SOOO tempting that you just have to enter the shop. As soon as you cross the door you can smell chocolate in the air... and it's great!

    What to buy: Buy anything you like. I bought alfajores and chocolate en rama, and they were both exquisite.

    What to pay: A box of 12 alfajores costs $14 (argentine pesos)

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    • Food and Dining
    • Family Travel

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San Rafael Local Customs

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    by anabelsousa Written Feb 21, 2005

    If you are in Mendoza, specially in San Rafael, you should try red wine, whitw wine, champaña, and the rest of alcoholic beverages offered by the best cellars...
    One of my favourite in San Rafael is Valentin Bianchi, they have a good explanation about the different process for different wines. (1h approx)
    The only thing I don't like is 10 years ago they show you their real cellar, with all the people working around you, but now because of the tourism you do this "tour" in a special place prepared for tourist. (is nice also)

    Bodega Bianchi
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    • Family Travel

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San Rafael Off The Beaten Path

  • San Rafael Museum of Natural History

    This museum is divided into various departments, allowing for a wide-ranging approach to natural sciences. The Anthropology and Archaeology section is dedicated to the study of regional and local cultures. The Botany and Zoology departments focus on regional flora and fauna, respectively. The Paleontology room studies the development and evolution...

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  • El Nihuil Dunes

    Everypeople knows El Nihuil for its lake, and its dike, but if you are more than one day in San Rafael, you can go to the dunes, and you can do alternative sports like sandboard, or just passed in a 4x4, or whatever you want....enjoy it!

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