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General Information

Area: 148.827 km2
Population:
1,741,610 (official census 2010)
Population density:
11,7 inhabitants/km² (official census 2010)
Capital:
City of Mendoza

Mendoza
Is one of the 23rd Argentine provinces. It is located in the center-west of the country. It is the 5th province in population and the 7th in surface. It is considered the most important urban center of western Argentina.
Mendoza is subdivided in 18 sub-region. The most important ones are: Las Heras, Godoy Cruz, Guaymallén, Luján de Cuyo, Maipú and the downtown of Mendoza.

Origins of Mendoza
The first population settlement was founded the 2nd of March, 1561. Captain Pedro del Castillo founded the city "Mendoza del Nuevo Valle de La Rioja", then transformed into the provincial capital, with the name of the governor of Chile, García Hurtado de Mendoza.

Weather
The climate is semi-arid continental, with dry summers and wetter winters. The average temperature for January (summer) is around 24 °C, with 30 °C during the day and 18 °C at night, while the average temperature for July (winter) is around 6 °C, with 12 °C during the day and 0 °C at night for the capital. The average annual rainfall is about 250mm and the average annual temperature is around 16 °C.

Geography
Mendoza presents three distinct geographical structures: the Andes mountains to the west, the plains to the east, and plateaus, mountains and volcanoes in the south. The mountains determines almost the whole geography of Mendoza, this territory is situated in 1.000 meters above sea level

Constitution and government
The Argentine provinces have certain autonomy respect the National government, but their constitutions are framed by the National Constitution.

The executive power is vested in a one-man and it is elected directly by the people with the name of governor for 4 years. Is responsible for implementing laws and administer the provincial budget with the collaboration of his cabinet.

The legislature is bicameral, with a Senate and Deputies. Both cameras run on the Provincial Legislature Building and are responsible for sanctioning the provincial laws.
On the other hand, the province has representation in Congress with their deputies and senators elected in direct elections.

Judicial power is vested in one Supreme Court, courts of appeals, judges of first instance and other courts, tribunals and inferior officers created by law.

How to get to Mendoza

The city of Mendoza is 12 hours from Buenos Aires traveling by bus and 5 hours from Santiago de Chile. Both the city of Mendoza and the city of San Rafael have airport. It takes 90 min to reach Buenos Aires and 30 minutes at Santiago de Chile by plane.
As a means of public transport within the city of Mendoza there are buses, trolley buses and taxis.

Activities in Mendoza

In Mendoza there are more than 1,200 wineries, making this region the most important wine center in the South. From these wineries, more than a hundred are enabled to receive visitors.
Moreover, rural tourism offers tours where you can participate in field work.

Rivers, valleys and mountains make up the main venues for the practice of adventure tourism: rafting, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing and fishing are activities that can be performed on the water. In the mountains, trakking, horseback riding, rappelling, mountain biking, climbing, canopy, wing and four-track excursions are preferred. In winter, ski resorts and snow parks are the main attraction of the province.

Cultural tourism is the link between the visitor and the earth: music, dance, theater, painting, poetry, museums, cultural tours and popular festivities as the Harvest’s festival achieve this encounter with their stories and customs.

Gastronomy in Mendoza 

Mendoza is known for its excellent restaurants. The options range from Italian and Mediterranean restaurants to the most traditional restaurant-grill (barbecue) that coexist in turn with various proposals for international cuisine.
Local wineries often offer high quality gourmet meals paired with fine wines.

Shopping
Mendoza has great shopping centers located minutes from the city. They can find a variety of national and international products and they are open from 10 am to 9 pm every day of the week.
In downtown, the shops offer all kinds of products. It is important to remember that unlike the big mall, they serve the public from 9 am to 1 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm.

     
         
     



     

 

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