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In Argentina's geographic center, or at least close to it, Córdoba can boast of more illustrious origins than Buenos Aires: settled from Peru, it was a center of colonial learning and, even today, its universities and other cultural institutions are among the country's best. Its colonial Jesuit core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it excels in art and performing arts, with outstanding museums and theaters. It is also the gateway to the rolling Sierras de Córdoba, where the town of Alta Gracia was also a Jesuit stronghold and later the home of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara; where the lakeside ...

In Argentina's geographic center, or at least close to it, Córdoba can boast of more illustrious origins than Buenos Aires: settled from Peru, it was a center of colonial learning and, even today, its universities and other cultural institutions are among the country's best. Its colonial Jesuit core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it excels in art and performing arts, with outstanding museums and theaters. It is also the gateway to the rolling Sierras de Córdoba, where the town of Alta Gracia was also a Jesuit stronghold and later the home of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara; where the lakeside town of Villa Carlos Paz attracts tens of thousands of holiday makers every summer; where the town of Cosquín is home to major folklore and rock music festivals; and where Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito is the easternmost nesting site for the Andean condor.

The Sierras have long been a favorite with middle-class families like the Guevaras, but the Argentine elite also favored the province: the 19th-century President Julio Argentino Roca spent his summers at Estancia La Paz, about an hour north of the city, which is now one of several guest ranches in the province.

Wayne Bernhardson
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Wayne Bernhardson is the author of Moon Handbooks to Argentina, Buenos Aires (including coastal Uruguay), Chile (including Easter Island), and Patagonia (including the Falkland Islands).

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Cordoba is a city located near the geographical center of Argentina, in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas on the Suquía River, about 700 km (435 mi) northwest of Buenos Aires. It is the capital of Córdoba Province.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Argentine Peso
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    All year, but winter weather in the Sierras can be severe even if not alpine. In the summer months of January and February, and on long weekends, visitors overrun the Sierras.