Córdoba – Argentina (the Center)
Córdoba is Argentina’s second largest city. Downtown you can find the Manzana Jesuítica (Jesuit quarters), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. While you are there, visit the cathedral, the University of Córdoba (the oldest university in Argentina), the cabildo (town hall), Montserrat College, and the churches of the Compañía de Jesús, San Francisco and San Roque. Hopping nightlife is in the youthful Nueva Córdoba neighbourhood. Close by is Sarmiento Park, the largest park in town, home to the zoo and the fine art museum.
:: Alta Gracia: 35 km from Córdoba city you can find the Jesuit Estancia (World Heritage Site by UNESCO) and the “Che” Guevara House and Museum.
:: Quebrada del Condorito National Park: this v-shaped deep canyon is a protected wildlife area and is great for hiking or condor watching.
:: Los Gigantes: located 90 km north from Córdoba city in the Sierras de Córdoba, these pure granite formations have steep rock walls and are very popular amongst climbers and rappelers.
:: Villa General Belgrano: this picturesque German-influenced town, 90 km south from Córdoba city, has a quaint downtown and an October beer festival.
:: La Cumbre: located 98 km from Cordoba city, it’s a beautiful town due to the rugged mountain landscape, filled with winding roads and big stony English houses. West of La Cumbre is Cuchi Corral, a hill with a vast natural balcony with views over the Río Pinto valley. One of Argentina’s top spots for paragliding!
Tip: you can travel from Córdoba to the gorgeous area of Villa de Merlo (check Cuyo section) in the northeast of the neighboring San Luis Province.
BABILONIA HOSTEL – Budget Category
Babilonia Hostel is a starting point to get to know the real Córdoba. Feel inspired by the colonial style architecture with its light, airy rooms, array of musical instruments, two patios, garden and rooftop terrace with BBQ area. It even has a communal art book and materials where you can draw, paint and scribble down your thoughts to share with other travellers.
Babilonia Hostel has dorms for up to seven people with lockers, and private doubles, all with shared bathrooms.
Right next to San Juan Boulevard, you are within arms reach of shops, pubs and restaurants. In house you can enjoy art exhibitions, music, books, films and when a group is formed the BBQ grill.
If you want to get out and about the smiley staff can help you with bus ticket sales and info about tours, adventures and sports in and around Córdoba. Laundry service available!
MEDITERRANEA HOSTEL – Budget Category
Just walk one block from Córdoba’s bus terminal and you’ll arrive at Mediterránea Hostel Córdoba. Isn’t that convenient! All of the city’s tourist sights are nearby and lots of student bars are located in the area so you won’t get bored! Single, matrimonial, twin and triple private rooms and four and eight bed dorms are the options here.
It’s a former hotel with the advantage that every room is spacious with a private bathroom, aircon and fan. Towels and brekkie are included and a kitchen is free for use on the top floor.
The hostel’s terrace is great to chill-out. It’s also the spot where fun activities are organised. Don’t miss the Friday evening happy hour and tasty asado! The bilingual crew also organises free city tours and will give you all the necessary info about the city and area.
NATIVO VIAJES – Tours & Activities
With a real mix of culture and nature, it would be a shame not to take time out to explore more of Córdoba’s province, considered by many Argentineans as one of the most beautiful & diverse in the country.
Nativo Viajes, equipped with modern comfy mini-vans and bilingual guides, has 25 years of experience bringing tourists to experience the highlights of the region.
Head to their office located 50m from Córdoba’s plaza and cathedral where they’ll advise you with a smile in Spanish, English or French.
Traditional tours: Valle de Punilla – Valle de Traslasierra – Valle de Calamuchita – La Cumbrecita – Jesuit Triangle – Villa Carlos Paz – Alta Gracia – Sierras Chicas
Adventure activities: Trekking (various locations) – Horseback riding – Skydiving …