The department of Maipú is located 15km (9mi) far from Mendoza city. It has 717 km2 in size and 750m.a.s.l. in altitude. In 1858, it was created by decree by Governor Juan Cornelio Moyano who received from the Capitanía General de Chile the land known by the Huarpes as Tiasta. There, he established a ranch. When he died, it became property of Captain Don José Moyano Cabral. In this area, the Jesuits built the Barrancas and Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes de la Cruz de Piedra chapels. Scattered in the setting of Cruz de Piedra, 38 families became the pioneers and colonizers of this region.
The Huarpes, peaceable and hard-working indigenous people, were undoubtedly the natural product of Cuyo land. They worshipped a god named Hunuc Huar, the Sun, the Moon and the Hills. They spoke in Milcayac, lived in shacks and worked the land. The corn cultivation was their main activity.
They made the most of the places with water. This made easy to develop fishing and make use of the water for their survival. As Cuyo was discovered and conquered, some people were obliged to pay taxes and others, most of them, left their homes and travelled to the south, where they still were, for a time, their own land owners.
Later, the Spanish immigrants created an emerging agricultural settlement where wheat, olive, fig and pear trees, some vines and many other plants, as well as corn and fodder, which were brought from Spain, grew well.
The struggle for the water, in an oasis like Mendoza, would finish in the middle of our century, by deploying waterproofed canals and branch drains.
In Maipú, there are very old buildings such as Trapiche winery, property of Tiburcio Benegas as far back as 1887, Baquero winery, Toso winery, López winery, founded in 1898 and still owned by the family, and Nerviani winery, among others.
In 1889, Felipe Rutini planted the first Italian and French Sangiovesse Poccolo, Trobbiano, Fiorentino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec stumps. He also built the winery and the family house which is nowadays known as Rutini Wines, La Rural. At present, there are 167 wineries in Maipú, out of which 28 may be visited since they are opened for tourists.
This department holds a great variety of companies mostly set in an industrial area where they have all the services in place and a strategic location as it is near the bioceanic corridor which connects Chilean and Atlantic port through 7 and 40 national routes, railroads and the international airport.
In every district, Maipú offers interesting places to visit: wineries, vineyards, campsites, museums, rural touristic activities, with gastronomical services and rural and urban lodging. You can enjoy them if you go through the two circuits which make up the Wine and the Olive Route.
Thanks to a famous religious tourism, you can visit century-old buildings of amazing architectural styles which give mysticism to an urban life granted to religious worship and decorate remote areas in a splendid way. Barrancas chapel, María Auxiliadora sanctuary or Lunlunta church represent a real part of the landscape, legendary scenes of coexistence and spiritual retreats.
In its traditional touristic circuit, Maipú offers the opportunity to taste typical regional food in a magical environment, an ingredient which must be present to be delighted with its unalterable tradition, a mixture of immigratory influence and genuine creativity.
Fine dining in wineries´ restaurants, grillrooms and eateries served with the warmth of their owners, is part of the agenda inviting tourists to be delighted with the most delicious typical recipes, always married with the best wine. Fine dining in Familia Zuccardi´s restaurant and Terruño Restó Club Tapiz is highly recommended.
Maipú is ideal for olive cultivation. It holds some of the most ancient plantations in the country. This natural wealth enables to offer the best varieties of olive oil, olive paste and other delicious products from the land. You can visit olive oil factories such as Laur and Pazrai, among others.
At present, Arena Maipú center constitutes another appeal of this department, which holds a 4* hotel, premium cinema movie theatre, casino, night club, several restaurants and a stadium where concerts and shows take place almost permanently.
Every single aspect turns Maipú into an extremely complete department, with a well-developed economic, commercial and agribusiness area, together with different touristic attractions created to offer the best service.
- Historic circuit (Trapiche, Lopez, Giol, Toso, Nerviani, Rutini, Baquero)
- Museo Nacional del Vino y la Vendimia (museum)
- Plaza departamental 12 de Febrero (square)
- Antigua Bodega Giol (winery)
- Parque Metropolitano (park)
- Don Bosco
- Finca Agostino
- La Rural
- Tempus Alba
- Uva Negra
- Viña El Cerno
Distances to the main points from Maipú city center:
- To Mendoza City: 9mi
- To San Rafael City: 144 mi
- To San Juan City:105 mi
- To Salta City: 763 mi
- To Córdoba City: 384 mi
- To Capital Federal: 724 mi
- To Santiago de Chile: 223 mi
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