Mendoza is a nice city with many large trees providing good shade for the wide streets and sidewalks. It is arid and hot here, but the street trees help keep the streets cool. The city is well known for the complex irrigation ditches which run throughout the city and provide water to all the park and the street trees. It is a nice experience to walk around in the shade on the wide sidewalks, while listening to the ever present irrigation waters flowing by.
There are distant views of the Andes and the area is generally flat and hot. The Civic Center allows tourists to go up on the roof of the seven story building to get views of the distant Andes to the east (and their roof-top garden).
Like most cities down here, there is a really nice pedestrian only boulevard with lot’s of busy outdoor cafes under the shade trees. People here really like to socialize in outdoor cafes and it makes for a relaxing pedestrian experience. As a planner, I felt like we were always trying to foster this through the design of the built environment. Here, it just happens. It’s so common to dine outdoors with your friends that we have seen numerous gas station fast food places with busy outdoor seating. It’s just amazing.
We have done some wine tasting, backyard steak grilling and a wine tasting ‘class’. Tomorrow we’ll head out to a small town to ride bikes around some old wineries.
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