Parque General San Martín
Built back in 1896, this pretty, 420-hectare park is named after the General that led the Argentine War of Independence. Stroll through the striking entry gates, past the fascinating sculptures that line the park’s pathways, before exploring the wonderfully fragrant Rose Garden, or stopping for a refreshment overlooking the shimmering lake. More than just green space in the city, the park is also home to tennis courts, a World Cup stadium, an equestrian centre, a golf course, numerous kids’ playgrounds, a striking amphitheatre, and even a university campus.
Nestled in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountains, the Mendoza province of Argentina contributes to a staggering two-thirds of the country’s wine production, meaning that a glass of the good stuff is never far away! The famed Malbec grape grows here, producing an intense and utterly delicious red, whilst the area also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Torrontes and Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the rolling, sun-dappled vineyards, tour the fascinating wineries, before tasting this glorious produce alongside some traditional Argentinian cuisine.
Basílica de San Francisco
Boasting a pretty pink and cream stucco design, the intriguing Basilica de San Francisco dates back to 1861, making it new-Mendoza’s oldest church. Home to a number of artefacts from Argentina’s history, included is the sacred image of the Virgin of Cuyo, patroness of the Army of the Andes, that miraculously survived the city’s devastating 1968 earthquake. Alongside this, the church houses General San Martin’s iconic baton of command, as well as the remains of his daughter, Mercedes Tomasa, and his granddaughter, María Mercedes.
With a rich and fascinating history, it may be unsurprising that Mendoza is bursting at the seams with some wonderful museums. Dedicated to the famed General San Martín, the leader of the liberation of Argentina, the aptly named Museo Histórico General San Martín honours the man held so dear to Mendoza, housing his uniforms, weapons and household items. Alternatively, the Museo Fundacional protects excavations from the city’s colonial town council, destroyed by an earthquake back in 1861. Alongside these remains, the museum showcases a series of dioramas of Mendoza as it has evolved, offering a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past.
Oozing Argentinian flair and fire, Mendoza really comes to life when the sun sets. Whether you choose an evening of local wine and delicious tapas, exotic cocktails, live jazz, or hip-shaking until the early hours, Mendoza’s bustling plazas are lined with an array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. For a true taste of Argentina, catch a breathtaking ‘Milonga’ performance, showcasing the country’s traditional tango, before feeling the rhythm yourself as you dance the night away.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
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