MDZ is a wonderful city in itself. Quaint, nice and very pretty. Wine tours are available for every budget. You can get the cheapest one which is sort of a bus that picks different people at their hoels and takes them to two wineries and one other local food factory, usually olive oil. That one costs about 6 USD per person and all the tastings at the wineries are for free.
You will not find a language barrier issue at the wineries.
Then there are the more expensive ones which can go up to 200 USD per person but they include a personal guide, and a car with a driver for you and your family only. It also includes a meal at one of the wineries you visit.
My suggestion is that as soon as you arrive in MDZ
go to the building of the "Dirección Provincial de Turismo" which is hard to miss. It is on San Martín avenue a few blocks from "La peatonal" Ask anyone for directions to it. There, they will tell you all sorts of available activities and will advise you on tours, prices, reputable providers, give you maps etc. Whatever you need. They are pretty good and should point you in the right direction.
Do visit the "Parque General San Martín", the "Plaza Independencia" and if you are into pasta (MDZ
is not the place for beef) go to "La Marchigiana" It´s pricey, but excellent. That´s off on a street from Avenida Las Heras. Again, ask. Another excellent pasta place is the "Montecatini". Not so pricey, but very traditional.
For mid-afternoon coffee go to "La Peatonal" It´s a street lined with good shopping and cafés. For shopping, in MDZ
, definitely do not go to the malls. Waste of time and budget.
Business closes at 12 noon and opens at 16:00 hrs, and the city pretty much dies. So don´t be surprised by this. Find a good café and catch up on your e-mails.
For night life, you have two choices. Go to "Arístedes Vellanueva" street. That´s where all the trendy clubs and bars within the city are located. The good ones at least. Now if you really want to hit the night scene you´ll have to go outside the city to a suburb called "Chacras" which is about a 20 min. drive by taxi. You´ll find clubs there to suit all your tastes.
When you get into a cab: 1) Have an idea of the general direction you are going, because it might give you the "long tour" 2) Be sure he starts the meter. A common trick is that they don´t and when you arrive at your destination the cabbie will apologize profusely, but will tell you what he "usually charges for that ride" If you find yourself in that situation, just give him half of what he is asking.
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