Mendoza is a province in the Cuyo region of Argentina. It is located at the center-west of the country, bordered in the north with the San Juan province, in the east with San Luis and La Pampa provinces, in the south with Neuquén province and in the west with Chile, the Andes mountain range being the natural border. It has an area of 150,839 square kilometers. It is located 1,098 kilometers away from Buenos Aires, and only 380 kilometers away from Santiago de Chile, the Chilean capital city. This province is an important tourist destination in Argentina. It has the principal ski resort in Argentina, the most famous vineyards and wine producers (internationally recognized), the highest peak in South America, and beautiful places to visit.
To fly from Buenos Aires takes 2 hours in LAN and Aerolíneas Argentinas. It takes less than 1 hour to get there from Santiago, Chile, (by LAN). Also, there are 3 flights a week direct from Lima, Perú with Avianca. Flying in on an international flight to Mendoza is a good way for USA, Australia and Canada passport-holders to avoid paying both the hefty Argentina (payable when landing at the 2 Buenos Aires airports) and Chile (when booking your bags through and not exiting immigration at the Santiago airport) reciprocity fees.