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Córdoba, Argentina

Heartland of Argentina

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Cordoba Gateway Arch

Cordoba Gateway Arch

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Córdoba, capital of Córdoba province, is located at the northern tip of a triangle between Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires. map. Called the Heartland of Argentina for its location in the geographical center of the country, Córdoba has a strong colonial history blending with modern economic growth.

The city lies in a fertile, agricultural area, watered by the Primero river, also called Río Suquia, which runs through the city. See this interactive map of the city. The province is scenic, with other rivers, lakes and valleys. Together with the mild climate, this was an ideal spot for early settlement on the colonial route between Lima and the Atlantic.

Founded before Buenos Aires, Córdoba was the first capital of the country and is now Argentina's second most important city. It's growing in commercial importance, with an automobile industry and an expanding tourism industry. The combination of colonial past, modern buildings and a convenient base for exploring the nearby Andes and the Pampas make Córdoba a favored spot for conventions and language schools. Its location provides the arena for many adventure and/or extreme sports.

Getting There and Around

  • Daily domestic flights from Buenos Aires, Mendoza and other Argentine cities, plus international flights from Latin American cities. All flights, by Varig, Aerolineas Argentinas, Transbrasil, Lloyd Aeroboliviano, SW, Austral, LAPA, Dinar, TAN, and Andesmar, arrive and depart from Tallavera Airport, a thirty-minute cab ride from central Córdoba. There are also some Cheap flights to Córdoba, Argentina - Pajas Blancas Airport.
  • Córdoba's new bus station is more than just a place to catch a bus. With banks, a pharmacy, a travel agency, first aid, day care, telephones, post office, shops and restaurants, it serves a number of bus companies providing service to and from many Argentine cities. Long distance busses offer free movies, free meals and comfortable service.
  • Around town, black and yellow metered taxis.
  • Take a city tour on red British double decker bus.
When to Go

Though the seasons vary, Córdoba's weather in fall is pleasantly warm, with mostly sunny days and some rain. Winter is cold and dry. Spring starts the humid weather, as the rainy season begins and continues through the summer with daily thunderstorms. Today's weather.

Places to Stay

With the city courting the convention business, many of Córdoba's hotels are accommodating large groups, but there are many choices, such as these hotels. There are options outside the city, such as ranches now turned guest or "dude" ranches like Estancia Corralito that specialize in dove shooting.

Food and Drink

Like the rest of Argentina, people in Córdoba like their meat. Argentine cuisine varies a little from province to province, and in Córdoba, the traditional asado, locro, stew with corn as a primary ingredient, empanadas and lomito (skirt steak) sandwiches, are popular, as is Bagna Cauda, the anchovy dip for vegetables and bread that Italian immigrants brought with them to Argentina.

Naturally, all these dishes are enjoyed with an Argentinian Wine.

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