Mendoza (, American Spanish: [menˈdosa]), officially the City of Mendoza (Spanish: Ciudad de Mendoza) is one of most important cities of Argentina and the most important in the West of the country. It is located east of the Andes. As of the 2010 census [INDEC], Mendoza had a population of 115,021 with a metropolitan population of 1,180,679, and an updated population in 2020 of near 1.400.000, making the Metropolitan Area of Mendoza the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country.
Mendoza has one of the best cultural, gastronomic, and tourist offerings in Argentina and it is one of the main poles of trade in the region.
Its rich history and the waves of european immigrants that arrived to the city during the twentieth century make Mendoza a vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
Two of the main industries around the Mendoza Metropolitan Area are olive oil production and wine. The region is the largest wine-producing area in South America. As such, Mendoza is one of the nine Great Wine Capitals, and the city is an emerging enotourism destination.
Also, it is a frequent stopover for climbers on their way to Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the Western and Southern Hemispheres) and for adventure travelers interested in mountaineering, hiking, horse riding, rafting, and other sports. In the winter, skiers come to the city for easy access to the Andes.
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