Cuyo is Argentina’s wine region at the foot of the Andes. The Andes loom over Mendoza’s vineyards and welcome adventurists looking to go white water rafting, hiking, or horseback ride in San Martín’s historic footsteps. The desert landscapes of San Luis, San Juan, and La Rioja are otherworldly with red towering formations and jagged canyons.

cuyo at a glance

Provinces: Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan, & San Luis

Highlights: Mendoza’s wineries and the Andes, Parque Telampaya in La Rioja, and Valle de la Luna in San Juan

When to visit: Mendoza is great year-round with hot, dry summers and mild winters, harvest is in March and a lively time to visit the wine regions. La Rioja and San Juan can be too hot in summer, winter months are ideal.

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So far I’ve only been to Mendoza (two wonderful times, it really is my happy place). Below are my guides to the wineries and outdoor sports of Mendoza. If you want to go wine tasting in Mendoza, you’ll find everything you need to know here!

I’ve been to San Rafael in my pre-blogging days and have been wanting to return ever since. Just a few hours south of Mendoza, San Rafael has its own share of wineries and outdoor sports in its Atuel Canyon.

Other Cuyo highlights I’ve yet to discover but will as soon as humanly possible are the red earth formations at Parque Telampaya and the wineries in La Rioja and the moon landscapes at Valle de la Luna in San Juan. Stay tuned.