Welcome to Discover Mendoza
Wine Tours & Andes Mountain Tours
A valid passport is required. It must not expire during the course of
your trip; if so you must renew your passport prior to your trip. United
States and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter Argentina; if
you are not a United States or Canadian citizen please check with the
Argentinean consulate and your own country's consulate to verify what
documents are required of you. We recommend bringing several photocopies
of your passport (not notarized) to carry with you where necessary.
Vaccinations are not required however any health related questions
should be addressed with your personal health care provider. Be sure to
bring with you a medical history if you have any health condition that
would require special attention or consideration in the event of illness
or accident. Public hospitals, available for all tourists, are open for
emergencies 24 hours.
Standard electricity is 220volts, 50Hz. Sockets have either European
style two cylindrical holes or Australian style two slotted diagonal
holes. You may need a converter as well as an adapter depending upon the
appliance you are using. Purchase a converter prior to leaving home if
you believe you will need one.
Mendoza is a safe city, however just as in any city be cautious and
aware of your surroundings. For example, do not leave handbags hanging
on the chair back in public places, do not walk along dark streets at
night, do not leave your bags or personal items unattended. It is a good
idea to use a security purse that you wear under your clothing for
credit cards, your passport photocopy and larger amounts of cash. Keep
only a small amount of cash in outside pockets.
Spring (September 21 to December 20)
Summer (December 21 to March 20)
Autumn (March 21 to June 20)
Winter (June 21 to September 20)
Mendoza sits at the foot of the Andes mountains, to it's west, and the
plains to it's east. The skies are rarely overcast and it's climate is
generally mild and dry; quite similar to California. Summers can be hot
and humid at times and you will need a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen;
winters have more rain and are cooler. You may need a lightweight jacket
or sweater if you are going up into the Andes mountains.
Areas of Argentina can be one, two or three hours different from Eastern
Standard Time depending on what part of the country you are in and what
month it is. It is recommended that you verify local time upon arrival.
Mendoza can be one or two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
The Argentinean Peso (ARS) is the official national currency. The $
symbol represents an amount in pesos and if an item is posted in U.S.
Dollars it may appear as u$s or us$. It is rare however to see prices
posted in other than ARS. ATM's are available in most cities and that is
probably your best bet for obtaining funds. We recommend that you
exchange your currency upon arrival in Argentina for a slightly better
rate than in your home country. Credit cards are widely accepted however
smaller stores often only accept cash.
At a typical restaurant approximately a 10% gratuity is appreciated. It
is not necessary to tip a taxi driver, just round up to the next peso or
so if you'd like.