In its annual “destination scorecard” of historic places, National Geographic Traveler has ranked Argentina’s “Mendoza Wine Estancias” as the tenth-best of 109 destinations around the world. According to Traveler, its wineries and vineyards, are “in excellent shape, relatively unspoiled, and likely to remain so.” It describes the city of Mendoza, as “a pleasant walking city with lots of cultural activities and nice parks,” and notes an “amazing number of first-rate restaurants in both the city and countryside.”
Traveler rates its destinations according to half a dozen criteria: 1) environmental and ecological quality; 2) social and cultural integrity; 3) condition of historic buildings and archaeological sites; 4) aesthetic appeal; 5) quality of tourism management; and 6) outlook for the future. By all these standards, Mendoza ranks high.
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