Things To Do In Cordoba
Argentina is the second largest South American country after Brazil. Its huge area includes semi-tropical regions in the north, the icy southern tip of the continent, and open plateaus and grasslands in between. It has two vast areas of natural grassland, the Pampas and the Patagonia. Cordoba City can be found in the Pampas region, along the rolling pastures that occupy most of the central plains. This is a land of endless wheat prairies and remote, sprawling cattle ranches called estancias. On the other hand, the Patagonia region is a high windswept plateau that covers much of the southern part of Argentina.
Aside from old cathedrals and buildings, museums, historic ruins, palaces, and Flamenco houses, one of Cordoba’s greatest treasures include its lush pasture and fertile soil. The economy relies heavily on cattle and sheep farming, wheat processing, fruit, and wine making. Tango and Flamenco houses are very common and it is normal to see couples dance in the street. These are the two most famous dances to come out of South America. It has now influenced other ballroom houses all over the world, but it is said that only Argentineans who know how to dance Tango and Flamenco with true passion.
When To Go:
The best times to visit Córdoba are amid the spring and fall season (May-June). During winter, the weather is exceptionally mild and tolerable; however, the summer season is extremely hot. Located near the ocean, in summer the humid temperatures take off into the mid-40ºcs, making this city one of the most arid places in Europe. Spring time also manifests humid climate, as the stormy season starts and proceeds through the mid year with occasional rains felt mostly towards the evening.
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These are the top attractions to visit and things to do when in the city of Cordoba
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos
The Iglesia de Los Capuchinos is an imposing Gothic church with magnificent features and located in the heart of the new Cordoba. It is situated adjacent to the museum which is also worth a visit. The neo-Gothic architecture and the highlights of the facade lighting at night is something to be admired of. It is good to make contact with the religious architecture of Cordoba. This is one of the churches that are more representative of the faith and most revered by the devoted Argentineans.
It is a very nice and big Gothic church that has not been completed and it is why one of its towers remains comprehensive. It has a Sunday Mass for students that is very inspirational and highly recommended for young people. It is a lovely architecture in a beautiful setting, great location, and a true work of art! Even for those who are not into the religion is welcome to visit. It is very interesting for its antiquity and importance to the people of Cordoba. This church is also recognized as one of the oldest church in Latin America. It is full of religious and iconic images and after a mass you can take long walks in the nearby promenade area.
Manzana Jesuitica (Jesuits’ Quarter)
The Manzana Jesuitica (Jesuits Quarter) is an old church and a visit will be made even more exciting if you check out the old university (National University) established by the Jesuits. It is where the rich historical period used in the circuit of Jesuitico and Jesuit missions of the north originated and an interesting place to see for lovers of history, plus, it is beautiful inside and outside. The Jesuit Quarter belongs to the historical monuments of UNESCO and it is an indicator that you have to see it with your own eyes and understand its history.
The streets in this neighborhood are interesting and unusual. It is extremely interesting because of the old churches and courtyards of most of the buildings located in this part of the city. If you miss the sidewalk attractions, do not miss the couples dancing tango outdoors in the San Martin square.
It is really interesting to wander through the streets, to see the old buildings, but be sure to eat at a restaurant nearby and again to walk and explore the ancient streets while admiring the lovely old houses. The Jesuit neighborhood shows an example of community life that is well structured and shows to us that we can live with all the simple use of natural resources and co exist with each other’s faith.
El Paseo Buen Pastor
The El Paseo Buen Pastor is a nice place to roam around and at night, there is the show of dancing light and waters in the fountain of the square. It is an area called the "Aguas Danzantes", and where most of the Cordobeses, dance to the sound of classical music around the fountain in the late afternoon. At night the dancing fountain lights up and makes everything perfect. The central attraction and easy to access Church of the Capuchins is situated right within its premises.
The overall atmosphere makes you feel like you're on a college campus, because wherever you look you will see young people sitting on the sidewalks, on the floor, on the stairs and there are also plenty of children. Within this square you can find two restaurants with a patio and outdoor seating, with super tasty local dishes. There is also a shopping mall right in front and a place you can enjoy both day and night. The view is beautiful and you can see the meeting of modern and old cultures. The place looks magical when the façade of the old buildings are all lit up with different colors at night. You can make and create beautiful pictures of Cordoba from this promenade side of the city.
El Camino del Cuadrado
The El Camino del Cuadrado is an alternative way and pleasant road to reach the area of the Sierras of La Cumbre Punillla without the need to go through the Villa Carlos Paz highway. This highway is paved and neat with lush landscapes. If you are in Cordoba for more than 3 days, be sure to pick up a car and drive by this beautiful area that is very close to town. It is only 120 kilometers and you will find several charming towns with excellent restaurants where you can spend the day.
One of the best things to do around this area is to look for places around the dikes, try renting a boat and enjoy the day on the water. If you have more time, spend the holidays here with your family. It will surely be the best vacation you can ever enjoy in the city of Cordoba. There are many vantage points to take pictures, places to eat and stay, and if you’re driving at night or during the rainy season, be careful of the dangerous curves of the highway. It is also worth a visit, just try to go slowly and stop at each viewpoint to admire the beauty you will see along the way.
La Paz is a quiet little town that is worth visiting. It is surrounded by mountains and the route has several attractions like stalls selling homemade cheeses, salamis, Cordoba delicacies, and many locals selling handicrafts. It is an ideal place where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains. Its dirt roads can be traveled on horseback, and at the same time you can admire the peace and simple life in the outskirts of the city.
From here you can get to know the entire area called the “Traslasierras”, “Merlo”, carpentry areas, etc., you can also stay in fantastic cabins called "The Straws" which offers excellent service and amenities. Visit the restaurant and in a relaxing atmosphere enjoy Argentine flavors and a blazing fireplace in a typical rural setting. They not only have the best food and wine, you get great value for your money too.
Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of Candonga
Along the way to the Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of Candonga you can enjoy the view of spectacular scenery. And once you get inside the chapel you will find yourself being in an almost magical, beautiful place to spend the afternoon with your friends or family while learning so much about this historic church in Cordoba. It is a historic chapel nestled in the middle of the mountains in a serene and paradise-like setting. It was the post where mules or horses were changed, hence its name means "tired mule." There is a private enterprise that you can find here where you can have a vegetarian lunch using organic food and with excellent preparation. It is a chapel that can be seen from afar and when illuminated at night is still seen in the distance. The chapel may be simple looking outside but inside it is very attractive.
The exact spot where the chapel Candonga is located is not easily accessible. You must travel several miles along a dirt road that slowly becomes narrower until you reach the rise to the height of the blue hill. After passing several quarries, you will reach a viewpoint where the white image of the chapel peeks into view. It stands on the same ground with the Santa Gertrudis (in front) restaurant where you can eat homemade Argentine recipes. Their frames, windows, doors, walls, set the tone of the times when life was not easy in those places. After a visit and some picture taking, you can continue the journey and reach many beautiful areas of the mountains. The route does not present much difficulty, but it can be done with any type of vehicle (rented car or Moped) and warrants the help of a trained guide/porter in order to not get lost on the walking trail to reach this chapel.
Teatro del Libertador General San Martin
The Teatro del Libertador General San Martin is an old theater with excellent acoustics, interior decoration, variety shows of good quality, and located in a strategic area of Central Cordoba. The facilities are still in good condition despite the antiquity of the place and the entire building is still well preserved with design details that are still intact.
Try to watch a play and be amused not only by the world class performance of its artists, but also admire the comfortable ambience, and chairs of the old theater. The theater is located next to the Patio Olmos Shopping mall which is also located in the historic area. The regular day tours offer free admission plus you will be able to access the galleries and other rooms of the theater.
Museo Palacio Ferreyra
The Museo Palacio Ferreyra is a beautiful museum of modern art located in the heart of Cordoba. It is worth a visit both for its neat presentation and the variety of art pieces contained. Be mindful of the time though as it opens daily at 6:00 pm. Besides seeing framed great works of art from contemporary artists, it also has some very beautiful fabrics made by skilled Argentine textile weavers. Do not miss visiting this museum and buy your tickets with the joint entrance to the nearby Museo Caraffa. This palace is also called Museo Evita because of some things used by the late first lady of Argentina. It has a beautiful architecture, especially inside. It also presents wide collection and exhibits of paintings, photos of Evita, and pictures of the former military leader of Argentina, Juan Peron.
The museum houses many exhibitions and is very well maintained. It does not have headphones for audio guide but, even better; it has free Wi-Fi access to all floors and a QR code to guide with the information side of the main works.
It is worth a visit for the marvelous works on display. It has a bakery and a beautiful park. It is a museum with different styles in their samples and lots of sculptural paintings. The museum is an old palace that was intended for government to show art. On Wednesdays you can access this museum for free. It has beautiful gardens and a cafe where you can enjoy a drink while overlooking the gardens. The building has an elevator for the different levels located in the building, the guides are friendly and know a lot about every item that is proudly displayed from this museum in Cordoba.
The origin of the name comes from the natives who saw his silhouette formed by the gigantic rocks. It is situated in the north end of the high peaks region. The Los Gigantes is a nice place to visit any time of the year. It is accessed via dirt road from Tanti when you ride a private vehicle. Since there are different walks that provide unforgettable views in one of the highest places in the province, it is advisable to consult or be accompanied by someone who knows the place and geology to appreciate the attraction in its entire splendor and see the wonders of nature that is recorded in the stone through many years of erosion.
It is a very nice place to enter to get fully in touch with nature and its beautiful landscapes. You can do cruises, hiking, cycling, to get you to the river. The adventure is unique because of the pure peace and quiet, you will experience once you are inside the mountains.
Laguna Mar Chiquita (Sea Ansenuza)
The Sea Ansenuza or Laguna Mar Chiquita is a very significant tourist destination in the province of Córdoba. Due to its large size, and the waves that form on its surface, it gives the feeling of being by the sea. But it is classified as a lake with a high level of salinity and where the surface levels and depth varies cyclically. It is very rich in history. Everyone who visits is encouraged to see their museum and the old Hotel Vienna; it is a cradle of great stories to cite Hitler and the ghosts of residents of many decades. His most representative fauna are the pink flamingos, which can be seen from Miramar, the only coastal town in the Laguna, or from a viewpoint that is located a few miles from here.
The lagoon is very pretty to visit for the day or go for a few days to spend the holidays with in summer, allowing that anyone can bathe, although, it is not recommended sticking your head for a long time under water as it is super salty and might make one feel dizzy. Take the boat trip adventure and experience bird watching in one part of the lake where the migratory birds gather and rest. The Laguna Mar Chiquita is an ideal place to get immersed in tranquility, observe nature, and be surrounded by its captivating landscape.
Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobre Monte
The Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobre Monte consists of the house of the Marquis de Sobremonte and sector of the rooms of the slaves, as well as furniture, crockery and vintage clothing collection. It is a large property wherein Mr. Sobremonte lived while he was viceroy of the Spanish crown in Cordoba, Argentina.
The Marquis of Sobremonte Provincial Historical Museum is the only example of colonial house that is still standing and is part of the historical-cultural heritage of the province of Córdoba. This house is an important testimony of the cultural heritage of the province and has a valuable collection of colonial art, imagery, and musical instruments. It is a historic place that every tourist should know while visiting the city of Córdoba.
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