Patagonia (Spanish pronunciation: [pa.ta.ˈɣo.ni̯a]) is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as the deserts, steppes and grasslands east of this southern portion of the Andes. Patagonia has two coasts; a western one towards the Pacific Ocean and an eastern one towards the Atlantic Ocean.
Mendoza, in Argentina’s Cuyo region, is the capital of Mendoza Province and the heart of Argentina's wine country, famed for Malbecs and other bold reds. Its many bodegas (wineries) are popular for tastings and tours. The city has wide, leafy streets lined with modern and art deco buildings, and 4 plazas surrounding Plaza Independencia, site of subterranean Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno.
La Rioja, a province in northwestern Argentina, spans snow-covered Andean peaks, such as 6,793m-tall Monte Pissis, to valleys studded with wineries. Arid Talampaya National Park is known for its 200m-high red sandstone cliffs, Triassic-period fossils and 1,500-year-old rock carvings.