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Turismo Uspallata, Las Heras 699 (tel. 261/438-1092; www.turismouspallata.com), runs trips to rural estancias and sells bus transfers to all the surrounding areas, including San Rafael and Valle de Uco.

Art lovers can spend the day with local art guide Cecilia Romera (tel. 261/15-541-88800; www.mendozaarttours.com.ar), who has an insider's access to the top galleries, workshops, studios, and unique exhibits. It's a chance to meet artists face to face, and to explore a blossoming visual arts culture. Customized tours run between $30 and $50 (£20-£34), depending on length.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.