The historical city of Córdoba has a huge hippie, arsty culture and diverse communities. Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina with beautiful architecture, old churches with interesting stories, and historic buildings that are more than 400 years old. The lifestyle in Córdoba is much more laid back than the fast-paced lifestyle in Buenos Aires; it’s still a major city, but has more of a “pueblo” or “small town feeling”.
You can do everything in the capital in about 1-2 days. Córdoba is a province full of nature, scenic, green landscapes, and hills. Córdoba is famous for all the numerous “Villas” and beautiful, quiet towns just a 1 – 4 hour bus ride outside of the city. Give yourself at least 3 days of visiting the other Villas, you can head back to the capital city where it offers more options at night and a variety of bars, restaurants, pubs, and clubs “boliches”.
Useful Córdoba Resource Sites
MUST SEE/DO SIGHTSEEING
MUST SEE/DO SIGHTSEEING
- Majority of college students with cool sense of style and very friendly
- Tourist office with a map of historic center and attractions of the city. It is located in front of the Plaza San Martin. They provide numerous maps and cultural magazines that publish the most important events taking place in the city every month.
Manzana Jesuitica (Patrimonio de la Humanidad) con la compania de Jesus
The Patio Olmos
The Museum of Modern Art
The Parque Sarmiento (there’s a zoo)
The Tour of the Good Shepherd (Paseo del Buen Pastor)
- Former prison that was remodeled into a beautiful cultural center with a fountain, bars, restaurants, etc.
Plaza San Martin
Casa de Trejo sede del Rectorado de la Universidad – oldest in the entire country
Colegio Nacional de Monserrat
Paseo de las Artes (weekends)
- Buenos Aires
- Obispo Trejo
- 25 de Mayo
- Bvd. San Juan
- Av. Hipolito Yrigoyen
- Larrañaga and Av. Velez Sarsfield
Must See small cities/villas outside of Cordoba
Overall, you can do Downtown Cordoba all in 1-2 days. What really makes Cordoba are the OUTSIDE cities/villas. Highly recommended to buy an excursion through a travel agency that includes all bus trips to each villa (typically begins at 8am and ends at 5pm).
2 Day Itinerary:
- 1 day in Downtown Cordoba/Nueva Cordoba
- 1 day in Carlos Paz
If you have 4 days in the city Must See these 3 Villas:
*If you want to squeeze Carlos Paz and Villa General Belgrano in 1 day and have a more intense itinerary
1. Villa Carlos Paz (You can leave at 8am return at 12pm)
- (party town) 40km 30 min away
- restaurants, cinemas and theaters.
- Av. Uruguay – Bridge – beautiful view
- Av. General Paz
- Av. Libertad – restaurants
- Cerro de la Cruz – beautiful View
- Aerosilla – ski lift that takes you up to see a beautiful view of the ctiy
2. Villa General Belgrano 88 km away – 3 hours away
- (very scenic)
- Germany style town in the middle of the mountains
- Famous Alpine Chocolate Festival
- Awesome “homemade salami and goat cheese” in restaurants. If you like meat, you should eat the “goat” there
3. Alta Gracia (35kms) (the town is not that pretty) 1 hour away
- You will find the Jesuit Estancia
- The Museum home of Che Guevara
If you have more than 4 days in Cordoba:
1. The Cumbrecita (unique – entirely pedestrian only village) 118 km away (1 hour away)
The rest are about 3 hours away:
2. Jesus Maria
- The most beautiful of Cordoba which is all the way to Mina Clavero – highest mountains
3. Villa Maria
4. Capilla del Monte
- Cerro Uritorco – trekking uphill
- 3 hour hike
- There is an entrance fee
- Must get there early because at 3pm you will need to go down the hill
If you have more than 1 week in Cordoba, you can also do the other following cities:
- San Marcos Sierra (hippie town)
- Barrio General Paz
- La Falda
- Los COCOS (really nice place as well)
- Caroya Jesus Maria and Cologne (more Jesuit estancias)
6. Condorito Gorge National Park
- Trekking (you can do everything in one day)
- Arrive at 9am and you can return at 7pm
- “La Pampilla” is the entrance to the park where the bus will pick you up
- 5.5kms to the north balcony (the creek) and 6 km further to the south balcony, this is where you can watch the condors
- If you have gear, you can go camping here for two days
TRANSPORTATION TO THESE VILLAS
Tren de las Sierras
The train leaves the station Rodriguez del Busto leaves at 12:20 pm and arrives at 14:38 pm Cosquin.
The station is not far from downtown and can go in urban collective or taxi.
- located in the middle of Nueva Cordoba/Downtown
- You can buy your tickets online or the day of
Villa Belgrano –
- Pajaro Blanco Company
- Buses leave at 5pm
- Return 10pm
- Leave 2:30pm
- Return 8:20pm
Party nights are typically Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
- MARIA MARIA
- BUENOS AIRES CLUB
- Living Four
Streets and Zones/Districts where there are lots of bars, clubs, restaurants, and cafes:
- Cerro de las Rosas
- Calle La Cañada (La Cañada Street)
- The “Chateau” – you can dance til 6am!
- Av. Hipolito Yrigoyen
- “Criollitos” or “rasquetas” in a bakery/panaderia “picada”.
- Warm Criollitos with ojaldre with MATE!
- Alfajores – cookie/cake and in the middle is dulce de leche (creamier, milky, caramel) SO GOOD
- They have lots of different flavors
- Fernet (typical herb/alcohol-based drink) con Coca Cola
- Spacious, homey, cozy restaurant with great Argentine Cultural Decor, great for large groups, and has the most typical foods of Argentina. Make sure to try the mate!
- More laid back and informal/casual
- Great Asian inspired architecture/influence, wooden decor, peaceful/budda theme, and great ambience. Amazing smoothies, teas, sweets, food.
- Featuring live bands
Intercity Colectivo (bus) or Trolebuses
- LEP Company
TAXIS are YELLOW
Remises (private taxis, nicer, more expensive) are GREEN
- Located outside the airport – you can call to set one up
- Remise: 4734444 4727777.
- You can hail a taxi from the street by the way, but just make sure they have the paper/accredited licenses on the door and the name of the company on the car.
- Salguero Che Hostel located 6 blocks from the bus station and new central cordoba is the neighborhood where the bars are very close to the main attractions to visit
- Area is very safe
They had tickets to go to Maria Maria club. Common room to use computer and eat. 3 Outdoor terrace rooms. Not as busy/social and not a crazy party hostel – very laid back, spacious rooms, comfortable beds- cold at night and no blinds to cover the window.
- Lacandona is a new hostel near bus terminal.
- Dorms prices range from 12 dollars to 20 dollars. You can view profiles and photos of the hostel in hostelworld, remember to make a reservation by hostel world.