Mendoza is the epicenter of Argentina’s blossoming wine industry. At the foot of the Andes, Mendoza is a modern city set on historic foundations- the Great Liberator General San Martin crossed the Andes from here to help liberate Chile. Though rainfall is slight, irrigation turns the surrounding area into a green oasis covered with productive vineyards and fruit plantations. Famous for the rich Malbec and sublime Cabernet, Mendoza wine tours and tastings are the perfect way to discover this internationally recognized gourmet province. In the west of the province looms the world’s highest peak outside the Himalayas, culminating in the defiant Aconcagua, whose summit is only a shade under 7000 meters. There are many adventure activities to take part in from horseback riding, rock climbing, skiing, and white-water rafting.