Welcome to the Mendoza hostels guide. Mendoza is a cosmopolitan city in the middle of Argentina, with broad avenues and spacious leafy plazas that make it a pleasure to explore. It offers every possible convenience a traveller could desire, while managing to retain a relaxed and unhurried pace. You just might find yourself staying here a few days – or weeks – longer than you’d planned.
The biggest draw in Mendoza is wine country; the city is surrounded by some of Argentina’s finest wineries and is noted in particular for its production of malbec, a red wine that has been gaining world renown in recent years. Whether you choose to explore wine country by tour or DIY it by bike, you’re sure to find a tipple or two to your taste. And you don’t have to stop when you return to town in the evening, as the many restaurants and bars in the city centre offer a bewildering array of choices to suit any appetite.
But teetotalers take heart: it’s not just about the wine. Mendoza is also an excellent place to organize excursions into the nearby Andes, from sedate tours by minibus to the extreme treks up Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas.
Most Mendoza hostels are located in the city centre, some within walking distance of the bus station. The usual Argentine hostel amenities can be found – hot showers, breakfast, free Wi-Fi and internet, kitchen use and lockers – and some also provide travel agency services and can help you organize excursions in and around the city.