Mendoza is located at the foothills of the Andes mountains. It has a population of 120,000 inhabitants and boasts a quiet and peaceful atmosphere that few cities can match. In the center of town, there are wide avenues, tree-lined plazas and tranquil street cafés. Beyond the borders of the city lie stunning landscapes, soaring mountains, immense valleys, nature paths, vineyards and bodegas. Many wine aficionados go to Mendoza to study the art of wine-making. Malbec is one of the most outstanding wines of the area. There is also rafting, hiking, biking, water-skiing, windsurfing and kayaking and in the winter the snow skiing is unbeatable.