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Nestled in the middle of the beautiful and green valley of the Sierra Chicas, located in the province of Cordoba, Cordoba is a city full of history, culture, and excitement, and is definitely not to be missed.
The second largest city in the country and just 700 km from Buenos Aires, Cordoba may also be the considered the second most important city in all of Argentina in regards to being the main urban development of the country, a thriving university city, and a popular tourist destination for the past few decades. This city of more than 1.6 million people is made up of mostly Italian and Spanish immigrants, which have contributed to the beautiful ancient colonial architecture that is found throughout the city in buildings, bridges, walkways, parks, and plazas, and that over the years, due to its continuing youth popularity, has been combined with modern structures, making the city a spectacular sight to see.
Cordoba is a city that, like Buenos Aires, is alive and happening day or night. The city is extremely pedestrian friendly and hosts gorgeous tree-lined walkways, paths, plazas, and commercial centers, as well as plenty of outdoor cafes and sitting areas for people to lunch, relax, and socialize. Cordoba has a very active cultural atmosphere, being named the Cultural Capital of the America’s a few years back, and boasts a myriad of art galleries, museums, art shows, theatres, cinemas, and more, where artists and students from the city and the country come to see or be seen.
During the night, mostly due to its young university population, Cordoba’s streets, restaurants, cultural centres, theatres, bars, and nightclubs become full with people that are out to enjoy the cuisine, music, drink, and the socializing spotlight. The night can be enjoyed all week along but often features special performances, concerts, and events during the weekends.
The city features many sites to be seen.
Take a walk through the historical center of this beautiful city to discover its past history and traditions through building, squares, government buildings, and religious sites.
Located in the Sarmiento Park, this zoo of 17 hectares, features a myriad of beautiful animals that visitors can come to admire and learn about.
Escape the bustling city streets and go down to discover the Jesuit crypt underneath the city. This is a must see! Here, in this thick stone built crypt, is where the Jesuit’s came to pray centuries ago, only to be discovered in 1989, by sheer accident.
Here you can discover the incredible work that was done by the Jesuits centuries ago. Declared a Cultural Heritage to Humanity by UNESCO, this assortment of historical buildings will tell you the story and history of the Jesuits.
Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio Caraffa
This striking museum offers up first grade works of art and continuously changes exhibits and themes throughout the year.
To participate in the many outdoors activities offered in and around the city of Cordoba, head to a local tourism agency, hotel, or hostel to book; paragliding, mountain climbing, biking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, rafting, and more.
One of Cordoba’s main tourism attractions is its myriad of outdoors activities offered through the year. Cordoba is surrounded by high mountains, grassy hills, rivers, artificial lakes, and more, giving visitors and locals the opportunity to enjoy mountain climbing, mountain biking, and hiking in the nearby peaks, horseback riding through the foothills of the Sierras Chicas, safaris and quad excursions though the plain of the humid pampas, as well as fishing and other water sports in the nearby large artificial lakes. Most activities can be enjoyed all year long, but to be sure, book ahead if possible and be flexible.
Cordoba is truly an enchanting city where locals and visitors alike cannot help but enjoy the special vibe that only Cordoba seems to have. This special vibe can also be seen in the language spoken by the locals, where instead of speaking the Spanish language, they seem to almost sing their words. To really get to know Cordoba and its residents, speak to everyone you meet, see the city and outdoor sights, head to a art opening or theatre production, be sure to order a Fernet and Coke (local speciality drink) at a local bar or restaurant, and make sure to speak with a little ‘song’ in your voice.
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