Mendoza offers an Old World lifestyle on the doorstep of the best wine routes in Argentina at an affordable cost. Valle de Uco is one of the biggest wine areas in Argentina, about an hour-and-a-half from Mendoza City.
Mendoza in general is Argentina’s most important wine producer thanks to its unique terroir and Andean snowmelt irrigation. This is a region of extraordinary natural beauty, clean air, and 300-plus days of sunshine each year.
For the active retiree who isn’t ready to sit back and rock on his front porch, there really is no better place than the Mendoza province of Argentina. Sports enthusiasts enjoy skiing, hiking, climbing, bird-watching, white-water rafting, kayaking, even kite-surfing.
One of the best parts about the Mendoza region of Argentina is that it is, on one hand, remote and private, yet, on the other hand, lively and full of opportunities for distraction and diversion. In February is the annual folklore festival, in November is the Fiesta de la Tradicion, and, probably of greatest interest in this part of the world, come March are the annual harvest festivals.
The cost of living in Mendoza, Argentina, has risen sharply in peso terms over the past five years, but the quality of life in this beautiful region of Argentina is hard to beat. Mendoza still offers, price rises and all, the opportunity to enjoy the romantic vineyard lifestyle for a fraction the cost of a similar lifestyle in California or Europe.
Socializing is a way of life in Argentina so make sure your overall budget allows and includes this. People in this part of the world adore going out, and, should you decide to live here among them, this will become part of your lifestyle, too. The good news is that entertainment is affordable and accessible. A couple can live comfortably in Mendoza for less than 12,938 Argentine pesos per month.
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Mendoza is not only lively and bustling but also livable. Cycling is a preferred means of transportation. Vuelta Ciclistica de Mendoza is a primary road for cyclists. The city’s streets are shaded by sycamore and acacia trees, making rambling a pleasure. The whole of the city is clean and well-kept. Mendoza city is built to enable people to walk to everything, including excellent restaurants that serve more Mendocinos and expat residents than tourists.
An earthquake devastated the city in 1861, and, when the Argentines rebuilt it, they did it right. The landscaped plazas are adorned with fountains and intricate tile work, including murals that tell tales from Argentine and Spanish literature. Look and you’ll see the story of Don Quixote.
Mendoza is an ideal base for exploring the rest of Argentina, too, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, to the rolling pampas, to the ski regions of Patagonia. You are only a few hours from Chile’s capital, Santiago. The airport in Mendoza City offers a number of direct daily flights to Buenos Aires (about two hours away)… perfect when you need a taste of big city life.
Mendoza has a near-perfect climate. Its laid-back atmosphere, safe cities, strong infrastructure, unspoiled culture, affordability, and reliable and friendly people are drawing the attention of expats from around the world.
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