Destination guide: Mendoza & Nearby, Argentina
Mendoza is the main wine-producing area in Argentina and one of the largest producers of Malbec in South America. Don’t put it off any longer, purchase your tickets to Mendoza and visit the wine route, enjoy the winter in ski centers like Las Lenas and Los Penitentes and discover the magic of the forests and gardens of the General San Martin Park, inside which there are more than 300 species of plants, together with dozens of decorative statues.
Mendoza - Transportation
BusMendoza’s bus terminal ( [tel] 431-5000, 431-3001; cnr Avs R Videla & Acceso Este, Guaymallén) is really just across the street from downtown. After arriving, walk under the Videla underpass and you’ll be heading toward the center, about 15 minutes away. Otherwise, the ‘Villa Nueva’ trolley (actually a bus) connects the terminal with downtown.
Local buses cost AR$1.50 – more for longer distances – and require a magnetic Mendobus card, which can be bought at most kiosks in denominations of AR$2 and AR$5. Most lineas (bus lines) also have internos (internal route numbers) posted in the window; for example, linea 200 might post interno 204 or 206; watch for both numbers. Internos indicate more precisely where the bus will take you.
CarRental-car agencies are at the airport and along Primitivo de la Reta.
Avis ( [tel] 447-0150; Primitivo de la Reta 914)
Localiza ( [tel] 429-6800; Primitivo de la Reta 936, Local 4)
National/Alamo ( [tel] 429-3111; Primitivo de la Reta 928)