Traditional and modern, cultural and historical from every point of view, its Spanish and Jesuit legacy is evident in estancias and churches. Córdoba features one of the most significant hotel offers in the country, along with a remarkable service infrastructure and expert vendors that meet the recreation, adventure, gastronomic and show demands of all visitors who come along to enjoy several options that have become classics at this landlocked province in Argentina.
When to go: Despite its latitude, the climate in the city of Córdoba, as in most part of the province, is moderately template with four well defined seasons. In general terms the weather is considered ‘pampeano’ (from the pampas, the vast Argentine central flatlands), and winters are neither too cold nor too rainy. Summers are humid, with warm days, fresher nights and thunder storms and hail are frequent. Easterly winds are rare, of low intensity and don’t last long. In spring winds are stronger, mainly in the North and Northeast.
Distance: Córdoba is 670 km. from Buenos Aires, approximately 7 hours by road or 1 hour and a quarter flight.
We visit the most important points of the city: the historical city center, composed of the “Plaza San Martín”, the town hall (“el Cabildo”) and the cathedral; the municipal centre where juts out the municipality, the Palace of Justice (“el Palacio de Justicia”), the Plaza Italia, the stream “La Cañada”, the “Plaza de la Intendencia”, etc. We pass by the playhouse “Teatro Libertador General San Martín” and enter the student neighborhood of Nueva Córdoba where we visit the church “Iglesia de los Capuchinos”. Continuing our journey to Sarmiento Park, the House of Government (“la Casa de Gobierno”) and the universitary part (“la Ciudad Universitaria”) of the city. We observe the monument of the “urban man” (”Hombre Urbano”), and go along the riverside of the Suquía River arriving to the popular neighborhood “Alberdi”. From there the Avenida Colón takes to the stadium “Olímpico Córdoba”, the fairground, the university “Libre del Medio Ambiente” and the urban botanic garden. We cross the river and we enter the smart neighborhood “Cerro de Las Rosas”, where we get to know the monument of the “urban women” (“Mujer Urbana”), the Avenida Rafael Nuñez and the viewpoint of “Parque Autóctono”.
We leave Córdoba on E-55 to get to know La Calera, la Usina Hidro-eléctrica (power station) and the dam of San Roque, the oldest one of the province. Afterwards we take the Way “Camino de las Cien Curvas” which goes along the lakeside for arriving at Villa Carlos Paz, the most important touristic center of the prov., where we visit the commercial centre, the residential neighborhood etc. and visit the classical cuckoo clock, a factory of alfajores and a chairlift (ascent optional). We return to Córdoba on the highway Justiniano Allende Posse.
We leave Córdoba on RP 5 and pass by the monument of Miryam Stefford, in direction of Alta Gracia, where we learn to know the most important testimonies of its rich cultural patrimony: “el tajamar”, an ancient artificial lake constructed by the jesuits, the Estancia Jesuítica de Alta Gracia (Museo Histórico Casa del Virrey Liniers), the church “Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced”, the house where Ernesto “Che” Guevara spent his childhood, the museum of the celebrated musical composer Manuel de Falla and the cave “Gruta de la Virgen de Lourdes”. Afterwards we embark on the return to Córdoba.
We leave Córdoba on RN 9 until we arrive at Colonia Caroya, lodging for descendantes of the inmigrants of northern Italy and famous for its homemade salamis. There we visit the Estancia Jesuítica Casa de Caroya, which was used as a summer residence for students of the Colegio de Monserrat. After that, we will go to Jesús María, renowned for its Festival de Doma y Folclore (taming and folk music festival), where we will find the Estancia Jesuítica San Isidro Labrador, pioneer in making wine in this area. Continuing we visit the historical “Posta de Sinsacate” and the area of Barranca Yaco, where the famous political leader “el caudillo” Facundo Quiroga was murdered in an ambush in 1834, for arriving later at the Estancia de Santa Catalina, known for the beauty of its church baroque. We go along the Sierras Chicas, pass the picturesque localities Ascochinga, La Granja, Villa Animi, Agua de Oro, Salsipuedes and Río Ceballos and return to Córdoba on RP E-53.
We leave Córdoba on RP 5. We pass by the monument of Miryam Stefford, Alta Gracia, Anisacate, La Bolsa and Villa Ciudad de América. Continuing the trip we cross four rivers which are tributaries for the lake Los Molinos, we pass the localities Potrero de Garay and Los Reartes, from there we ascend to the Sierras Grandes, going through a picturesque region of coniferous forests. We cross Villa Berna and arrive at La Cumbrecita, a hamlet in alpine style, which has the particularity being one of the few pedestrian villages worldwide. We visit the spa of La Olla, the traditional hotel La Cumbrecita, the chapel ecumenical, etc. Afterwards we get to know Villa General Belgrano, with its partly centraleuropean townscape. We take up the way back on RP 5 passing the road “Curva del Viento”, and enjoy a great panoramic view over the lake and dike of Los Molinos, and set off for our return to Córdoba.
We leave Córdoba on RN 20, pass by the picturesque localities of Villa Carlos Paz, San Antonio de Arredondo, Mayú Sumaj, Icho Cruz and Cuesta Blanca. On the way “El Camino de las Altas Cumbres” we enjoy impressive panoramic views. On our route we visit different spots like the waterfall “Lágrima del Indio”, the viewpoint “Fundación el Cóndor”, the “Pampa Achala”, the spring of the river Mina Clavero, etc. Arriving to Mina Clavero we get to know the “spa of the elefants” (balneario), the shopping centre etc. In Villa Cura Brochero we pass by the church where the famous Cura Gaucho once hold his homilies. We drive on to Nono, watch the typical hills of Ñuño and visit the museum “Polifacético Rocsen”. Finally we return to Córdoba on the track “Bosque Alegre” with panoramic views on Terrena Station and the national observatory.