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Area: 148,827 KM2
Population: 1,576,585 (2001).
Capital City: Mendoza.
Main Cities: Mendoza City, San Rafael, San Martín, Godoy Cruz and Luján.
This province, the capital of which is Mendoza, is divided into 18 departments, which have separate political and administrative powers.
The province of Mendoza, center-west Argentina, is bounded by the province
of San Juan, on the north; the province of San Luis, on
the east; the provinces of La Pampa and Neuquén, on
the south; and the Republic of Chile, on the west.
This province has an area of 148,827 square kilometers (4% of the country total), framed by arid plains on the east and the Andes cordillera, on the west.
The rivers, originating in the thaw of the Andes summits, are channelled through irrigation canals and dams. This has created three long oasis: North, Valle de Uco, and South, where 85% of the total population is concentrated.Climate is dry, due to the mountains that block the humidity coming from the Pacific Ocean.
In 1999, the primary sector contributed 11% to the value added of the total supply of goods and services. The secondary sector
generated 32%, while the remaining 57% corresponds to the supply of financial, transport and communications, commerce, tourism, and government services.
Mendoza is one of the provinces with the highest relative development. Its traditional specialization have been the
agroindustrial complexes processing local raw materials -grapes, fruits and vegetables-, to which semi-processed goods are to
be added -oil refining and ferroalloys, among others- as well as the development of a fairly complex engineering industry and
tourism. Exports indexes have also increased, the major significance corresponds to oil and related products, and certain vegetables.
"Submarino" / "Submarine" in Valle Grande
Aconcagua Peak seen from Plaza Francia
Weather Conditions in Mendoza City
Weather Conditions in Malargüe
Weather Conditions in San Rafael
Total annual rainfall is poor, 250 mm, mostly occurring in summer, due to the winds which blow from the Atlantic.
In average, the Southern hemisphere summer temperatures fluctuate between 18º C and 33º C, with warm
days and cool nights. During the Southern hemisphere winter, the lowest is 3º C, while the highest recorded throughout this season is 16º C.
On one side, there is the cold mountain range climate, with snow during the southern hemisphere's winter; and on the other, the warm climate
of the plains during the southern hemisphere's summer, scarcely benefited by the rains brought in by winds coming from the Atlantic Ocean; barely an annual average of 250 mm.
Tourist attractiveness is chiefly based on its skiing resorts: Las Leñas, Penitentes, Vallecitos and Manantiales. As
well as its National Park Aconcagua with the Aconcagua Peak ( 6,959 m.o.s.l) as its main attraction.
Another important reason of travelling to Mendoza is its wine production and vineyards. Mendoza produces
top quality red and white wines. From Malbec, Cavernet Sauvignon, Merlot to Chardonnay and Savignon Blanc.