1 Mendoza city
Argentina’s wine capital has a lot to offer, from top-class dining to a vibrant nightlife.
2 Whitewater rafting
Exhilarating trips on the region’s feisty rivers.
The vineyards around Mendoza boast some of the continent’s most impressive wineries.
4 Mountain climbing
If Aconcagua – one of the world’s tallest peaks – is too crowded, then take your tent and ropes to Mercedario or another of the Andes’ great challenges.
5 La Payunia
A secluded region of ancient volcanoes, dark and rust-red lava flows, and photogenic guanacos.
6 Ischigualasto and Talampaya
The pride and joy of San Juan and La Rioja provinces – the first an eerie moonscape and dinosaur graveyard, the second an awe-inspiring canyon with mighty red-sandstone walls.
7 Laguna Brava
Head up into the strikingly coloured cordillera of La Rioja to see flamingoes on this wild, high-mountain lagoon.