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If you like wine then Mendoza is the city to visit. Multiple vineyards surround the city, accessible by bicycle or bus. Large sidewalks, nice squares, hot girls, and a couple large parks make this a pleasant place to walk around.
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The pedestrian street off Plaza Independencia has many cafes and fashionable shops. Urban Cafe at Av Colon 450 is a nice place to take your laptop and sip cappuccino. For excellent Middle Eastern food try Cocinca Poblada at Av Villaneuva 217.
Dozens of bars and restaurants line Av Villaneuva but they are of the sit-down / people watching variety. For the club scene you have to sit around for Thursday, which I got bored waiting for. Whatever you do, don’t go to La Reserva near the corner of Peatonal Sarmiento and Av San Martin—it’s a transsexual bar. Mendoza has an extremely high number of attractive girls per capita, so it would be a good idea to plan coming here on the weekend.
Itaka Hostel (Villanueva 480)
$8.25/night for dorm room. Decent hostel with kitchen, breakfast, cable TV, pool table, swimming pool, and ping-pong table. Close to the bars but about a mile from the city center. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
Other Cities In Argentina
If you're only going to visit only Argentina then I recommend you get this guide, which is far more detailed than the continental guide below, with options that cater to a range of budgets instead of only the shoestring backpacking crowd. Also it gives more respectable treatment to small cities and towns that the larger guide breezes over with a paragraph or two.
South America On A Shoestring Guidebook
This is the guidebook that I used in my six month trip in South America. The maps are excellent, the information is complete and thorough, and the reviews are accurate, which is why it's often called "the bible" by many travelers. The only problem is that everyone else has this book so if you are the type of person that wants to hit the isolated small towns you will be disappointed. My advice is to use this book for its maps and information on getting from city to city, but talk to the locals and other travelers for those isolated gems that Lonely Planet for some reason didn't find worthy to include.
Spanish For Beginners
My copy of this book is so beat up and weathered it's disintegrating before my eyes. I took it with me to South America because I loved how it was organized in a logical way that kept me motivated to keep studying. Lessons start short and easy and increase in complexity as you tackle frustrating readings that help take you to the next level. The only downside of this book is that it was originally published in 1957 so some of the vocabulary is very dated. Still, you'll be hard-pressed to find a modern equivalent of this book whose teachings approach the same quality. Last time I checked you can grab a used copy from Amazon for less than a dollar.
Mendoza is a very beautiful city, and the mountains great scenario. BUT the girls, beautiful ones, fit and good shape, but the presume they are from Montecarlo or Milano, com’on, they r just southamericans!
Very sad mendozita people.