The city of Mendoza, capital of the province of Mendoza, is Argentina’s fourth largest metropolitan area. It lies in a region of foothills and high plains, on the eastern side of the Andes. It’s popular as an olive oil and wine growing region, and also as a gateway to hiking, horse riding, and other recreation activities. Our guide to running in Mendoza is focused on the central part of the city. To the west, the terrain gets mountainous, and to the east is vast network of mainly agricultural roads.
A good way to get oriented is our Central Mendoza ‘runseeing‘ tour, which showcases the wide boulevards and squares anchored by Plaza Independencia. Just west of there is Parque General San Martín, one of the best places to run in Mendoza. For a challenge, combine with the Cerro de la Gloria and other trails nearby. The best bet for a longer off-road run is the Ciclovia Godoy Cruz, a paved multi-use path that heads into the southern part of the city.
Runners should note that Mendoza has great weather year-round, with plentiful sunshine. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are mild and dry.