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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Mendoza



Mendoza mapMendoza is an Argentine province located on the west side of the country. It has a population of 1,579,651 according to the census of 2001.

History: The first European visitors were Spanish and came from Peru in 1550. The city of Mendoza, capital of the province, was founded in 1561.

Geography: the zone presents three different structures: higher mountains of the Andean range, lower mountains of the "precordillera", and plains. In Mendoza lies the Aconcagua Mountain, the highest peak of America, with 7.611 yards.

Climate: sunny and dry, with warm summers and cold winters. There are fertile lands that allow for viticulture, the main economic activity of Mendoza.

Tourism:

San Rafael: There are important wineries in the zone; some of them have international reputation. You can take guided tours and taste wines also.

Las Lenas valley is an important ski center with 13 lifts that can transport up to 10,000 skiers per hour. There are 5 and 4 star hotels and a great infrastructure, that gives the valley an excellent reputation throughout the world. The ski season lasts from June 11 to September 24.

Mendoza City: in the outskirts of the city lie a variety of discos suited for different ages. It also offers mountain landscapes and even a 5-stars hotel and a casino.

Aconcagua Mountain is suited for mountain climbing, rafting, cavalcades, and guided expeditions.
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