Córdoba is Argentina’s second largest city and takes about 10 hours to reach by bus from the capital Buenos Aires. The city is popularly known for its numerous universities (seven in total) and particularly well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture.
The large number of students in the city give it a vibrant atmosphere, particularly during the night, and there many large clubs and bars catering for a younger clientele. Córdoba was one of the early Spanish colonial capitals in the region (during the sixteenth century) and thankfully many of the buildings from this age have been immaculately preserved.
The Manzana Jesuítica or Jesuit Block is perhaps most famous, especially since UNESCO identified it as a World Heritage Site in 2000. The main historical sites of importance are, for the most part, located in a compact geographical area and the city lends itself to early evening strolls. The central Plaza San Martin is an especially pleasant place to pass a few hours with its market stalls and tango sessions, seemingly spontaneously organised by the locals. There are a number of significant museums and art galleries in the city (e.g. Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes) which highlight its cultural importance in a nation where Buenos Aires so often hogs the limelight. Córdoba’s popularity as a tourist destination is also reinforced by the wide range of places to visit around the city.
La Cumbre is a very popular little town known for its outdoor sporting pursuits and in particular paragliding. It’s possible to view condors here as well as in the Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito, also located a short bus ride from Córdoba. 35km southwest of Córdoba is the town of Alta Gracia with its Jesuít Estancia and the Museo Casa de Ernesto Che Guevara ¬– a must for those interested in the life of the Argentine Marxist revolutionary.