CORDOBA

Argentina

Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina, with about 1.4 million inhabitants, and is the capital of Cordoba province. It is known for its rich colonial heritage and its old university, now the second-largest of the country. You can’t miss the historical centre and the magnificent churches, the Cathedral and the Jesuitic quarter with the Montserrat School and the old University buildings. Also, Córdoba is home to the perhaps most popular Argentine Latin pop music genre, cuarteto.

Info Cordoba

introduction

Córdoba is a city located in the geographical center of Argentina, in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas on the Suquía River, about 700 km (435 mi) northwest of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. It is the capital of Córdoba Province and the second most populous city in Argentina after Buenos Aires, with about 1.3 million inhabitants according to the 2001 census. It was founded on 6 July 1573 by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera, who named it after Córdoba, Spain. It was one of the first Spanish colonial capitals of the region that is now Argentina (the oldest city is Santiago del Estero, founded in 1553). The National University of Córdoba is the oldest university of the country and the second to be inaugurated in Latin America. It was founded in 1613 by the Jesuit Order. Because of this, Córdoba earned the nickname La Docta(roughly translated, "the learned one").

Córdoba has many historical monuments preserved from Spanish colonial rule, especially buildings of the Roman Catholic Church. The most recognizable is perhaps the Jesuit Block(Spanish: Manzana Jesuítica), declared in 2000 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO which consists of a group of buildings dating from the 17th century, including the Colegio Nacional de Monserrat and the colonial university campus. The campus belongs today to the historical museum of the National University of Córdoba, which has been the second-largest university in the country since the early 20th century (after the University of Buenos Aires), in terms of the number of students, faculty, and academic programs. Córdoba is also known for its historical movements, such as Cordobazo and La Reforma del '18 (known as University Revolution in English).

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POPULATION :• City 1,309,536 (census)
• Metro 1,528,000 (est)
FOUNDED :  1573
TIME ZONE : ART (UTC−3)
LANGUAGE : Spanish (official)
RELIGION : 
AREA :  576 km2 (222 sq mi)
ELEVATION : between 352 and 544 m (between 1,154.86 and 1,784.78 ft)
COORDINATES : 31°25′S 64°11′W
SEX RATIO : Male: 649,955
 Female:  683,433
ETHNIC : 
AREA CODE : 351
POSTAL CODE : 
DIALING CODE :  +54 351
WEBSITE : 

Tourism

Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina, with about 1.4 million inhabitants, and is the capital of Cordoba province. It is known for its rich colonial heritage and its old university, now the second-largest of the country. You can’t miss the historical centre and the magnificent churches, the Cathedral and the Jesuitic quarter with the Montserrat School and the old University buildings. Also, Córdoba is home to the perhaps most popular Argentine Latin pop music genre, cuarteto.

The city, founded in 1573, is located in the heart of Central Argentina between the Pampas and Gran Chaco flatlands to the east and the Sierras de Córdoba hills to the west. It is surrounded by beautiful valleys, formed up by three main mountain groups, which are popular tourist destinations. You can perfectly combine a dive into urban life with a trip to the Sierras, as there is plenty of public transport.


Understand

Córdoba is known by many as La Doctabecause of its many universities and science institutes. Around 200,000 people study here, which makes the city's population one of the youngest and liveliest in South America. There is much cultural and night life, primarily in the downtown area (centro) and the neighborhoods of Güemes, Nueva Córdoba, Cerro de las Rosas and Alta Córdoba.

The colonial architecture of the city center now coexists with many modern buildings. Although the oldest buildings are found in the surroundings of the Plaza San Martín (microcentro), the most pleasant areas are now the Nueva Córdoba district south of the center and the area around the Cañada, a small colonial canal that crosses the city. These areas show a mix of well-designed modern buildings and beautiful old houses, often built in neo-colonial style. The old district Barrio Güemes, where many buildings are protected by municipal laws, is now particularly pleasant, with an 19th-century atmosphere rather similar to Buenos Aires' San Telmo district, but with more life on the streets. It is however, unfortunately for some and fortunately for others, heavily affected by gentrification.

The city district itself covers 529 square km (204 sq mi) and has 1.3 million inhabitants. Population growth of the city itself has slowed down in the past decades, and many people moved to suburbs and satellite towns outside this area. Those west of the city lie in the hills of the Sierras de Córdoba and are residential areas with some tourist attractions . North and east of the city, in the plains, there are poor suburbs with a slum-like appearance like Juárez Celman and Malvinas Argentinas.

History

First settlement

In 1570, Viceroy Francisco de Toledo entrusted the Spanish settler Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera, with the task of populating and founding a settlement in the Punilla Valley. Cabrera sent an expedition of 48 men to the territory of the Comechingones. He divided the principal column that entered through the north of the provincial territory at Villa María. The one hundred man expedition set foot on what today is Córdoba on 24 June 1573. Cabrera called the nearby river San Juan (today Suquía). The settlement was officially founded on 6 July of the same year and named Córdoba de la Nueva Andalucía, possibly in honor of ancestors of the founder's wife, originally from Córdoba, Spain. The foundation of the city took place on the left bank of the river on Francisco de Torres' advice.

The settlement was inhabited by aboriginal people called Comechingones, who lived in communities called Ayllus. After four years, having repelled attacks by the aborigines, the settlement's authorities moved it to the opposite bank of the Suquía River in 1577. The Lieutenant Governor at the time, Don Lorenzo Suárez de Figueroa, planned the first layout of the city as a grid of seventy blocks. Once the city core had been moved to its current location, it acquired a stable population. Its economy blossomed due to trade with the cities in the north.

In 1599, the religious order of the Jesuits arrived in the settlement. They established a Novitiate in 1608 and in 1610, the Colegio Maximo, which became the University of Córdoba in 1613 (today National University of Córdoba), the fourth-oldest in the Americas. The local Jesuit Church remains one of the oldest buildings in South America and contains the Monserrat Secondary School, a church, and residence buildings. To maintain such a project, the Jesuits operated five Reducciones in the surrounding, fertile valleys, including Caroya, Jesús María, Santa Catalina, Alta Gracia and Candelaria.

The farm and the complex, started in 1615, had to be left by the Jesuits following the 1767 decree by King Charles III of Spain that expelled them from the continent. They were then run by the Franciscans until 1853, when the Jesuits returned to the Americas. Nevertheless, the university and the high-school were nationalized a year later. Each Estancia has its own church and set of buildings, around which towns grew, such as Alta Gracia, the closest to the Block.


Early European settlement

In 1776, King Carlos III created the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata, in which Córdoba stays in 1785 as the Government Intendency of Córdoba, including the current territories of the provinces of Córdoba, La Rioja and the region of Cuyo.

According to the 1760 census, the population of the city was 22,000 inhabitants. During the May Revolution in 1810, the widespread opinion of the most notable citizens was of continuing respecting the orders of Fernando VII, attitude assumed by the local authorities, which led to the Liniers Counter-revolution. This position was not shared by the Dean Gregorio Funes, who was adhering to the revolutionary ideas, beside supporting contact with Manuel Belgrano and Juan José Castelli.

In March 1816, the Argentine Congress met in Tucumán for an independence resolution. Córdoba sent Eduardo Pérez Bulnes, Jerónimo Salguero de Cabrera,José Antonio Cabrera, and to the Canon of the cathedral Michael Calixto of the Circle, all of them of autonomous position.

The 1820s belonged to caudillos, since the country was in full process of formation. Until 1820 a central government taken root in Buenos Aires existed, but the remaining thirteen provinces felt that after 9 July 1816 what had happened it was simply a change of commander. Cepeda's Battle faced the commanders of the Littoral with the central power.

Finally, the Federales obtained the victory, for what the country remained since then integrated by 13 autonomous provinces, on the national government having been dissolved. From this way the period known like about the Provincial Autonomies began. From this moment the provinces tried to create a federal system that was integrating them without coming to good port, this mainly for the regional differences of every province.

Two Córdoba figures stood out in this period: Governor Juan Bautista Bustos, who was an official of the Army of the North and in 1820 was supervised by the troops quartered in Arequito, a town near Córdoba, and his ally and later enemy, General José María Paz. In 1821, Bustos repelled the invasion of Córdoba on the part of Francisco Ramírez and his Chilean ally, General José Miguel Carrera. The conflict originated in a dispute with the power system that included the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Santa Fe; according to the 1822 census the total population of Córdoba was of 11,552 inhabitants.


Contemporary history

At the end of the 19th century the process of national industrialization began with the height of the economic agro-exporting model, principally of meats and cereals. This process is associated with the European immigration who began to settle the city, generally possessing the education and enterprising capacity appropriate for the development of industry. The majority of these European immigrants came from Italy (initially fromPiedmont, Veneto and Lombardy; later from Campania and Calabria), and Spain (mostly Galicians and Basques)

At the beginning of the 20th century the city had 90,000 inhabitants. The city changed considerably its physionomy following the construction of new avenues, walks and public squares, as well as the installation of an electrified tram system, in 1909. In 1918, Córdoba was the epicentre of a movement known as the University Reform, which then spread to the rest of the Universities of the country, Americas and Spain.

The development of the domestic market, the British investments that facilitated European settlement, the development of the railways on the pampas rapidly industrialized the city. Córdoba's industrial sector first developed from the need to transform raw materials such as leather,meats and wool for export.

In 1927, the Military Aircraft Manufacturer (FMA) was inaugurated. The facility would become one of the most important in the world after the Second World war with the arrival of German technical personnel. From 1952, its production began to diversify, to constitute the base of the former Institute Aerotécnico, the state-owned company Aeronautical and Mechanical Industries of the State (IAME). Córdoba was chosen as the site of The Instituto Aerotécnico that later became the Fábrica Militar de Aviones. It employed the Focke Wulf men until President Juan Perón was ousted by a coup in 1955. Lockheed Martin purchased FMA in 1995.

Córdoba, according to the census of 1947, had almost 400,000 inhabitants (a quarter of the province's total). Subsequent industrial development led thousands of rural families to the city, doubling its population and turning Córdoba into the second largest city in Argentina, after Buenos Aires, by 1970. The city's population and economic growth moderated, afterwards, though living standards rose with the increase in the national consumption of Córdoba's industrial products, as well as the development of other sectors of economic activity.

At times rivaling Buenos Aires for its importance in national politics, Córdoba was the site of the initial mutiny leading to the 1955 Revolución Libertadora that deposed President Juan Perón and the setting for the 1969 Cordobazo, a series of violent labor and student protests that ultimately led to elections in 1973. Córdoba's current economic diversity is due to a vigorous services sector and the demand for agro-industrial and railway equipment and, in particular, the introduction of U.S. and European automakers after 1954.

Climate

The climate in the city and surrounding areas is pleasant year round. Even in winter there are frequent warm, sunny days, although you must be prepared for cold nights and some chilly, cloudy periods, which never last more than a week or so. During the summer, the rainy season (November to March), it is hot and humid with frequent rain showers and thunderstorms at the afternoon. The rain causes some spot flooding due to an unsatisfactory drainage system. The best time to visit Córdoba is March to May and August to November, when it's not too hot nor too cool and there is little rain.

Climate data for Córdoba

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)41.3
(106.3)
41.2
(106.2)
38.6
(101.5)
34.6
(94.3)
32.4
(90.3)
32.8
(91)
33.1
(91.6)
38.2
(100.8)
38.2
(100.8)
39.2
(102.6)
40.3
(104.5)
43.1
(109.6)
43.1
(109.6)
Average high °C (°F)31.1
(88)
30.1
(86.2)
27.6
(81.7)
24.9
(76.8)
22.0
(71.6)
18.5
(65.3)
18.6
(65.5)
21.0
(69.8)
23.3
(73.9)
26.1
(79)
28.4
(83.1)
30.3
(86.5)
25.2
(77.4)
Daily mean °C (°F)24.1
(75.4)
23.1
(73.6)
20.9
(69.6)
17.9
(64.2)
14.9
(58.8)
11.3
(52.3)
11.3
(52.3)
13.2
(55.8)
15.6
(60.1)
18.9
(66)
21.3
(70.3)
23.2
(73.8)
18.0
(64.4)
Average low °C (°F)18.1
(64.6)
17.4
(63.3)
15.6
(60.1)
12.3
(54.1)
9.3
(48.7)
5.7
(42.3)
5.5
(41.9)
6.7
(44.1)
9.1
(48.4)
12.6
(54.7)
15.2
(59.4)
17.3
(63.1)
12.1
(53.8)
Record low °C (°F)8.5
(47.3)
7.5
(45.5)
4.0
(39.2)
−0.5
(31.1)
−4.3
(24.3)
−5.2
(22.6)
−7.1
(19.2)
−3.8
(25.2)
−2.6
(27.3)
2.8
(37)
3.7
(38.7)
7.5
(45.5)
−7.1
(19.2)
Source: NOAA

Geography

31°25′S 64°11′W, taking as a point of reference San Martín Square in downtown Córdoba. The relative location of the municipal common land, is in the south hemisphere of the globe, to the south of the South American subcontinent, in the geographical centre – west of Argentina and of the province of Córdoba; to a distance of 702 km (436 mi) from Buenos Aires and 401 km (249 mi) from the city of Rosario

As per the provincial laws No. 778 December 14, 1878, Not. 927 October 20, 1883, and Not. 1295 December 29, 1893, the limits of the city of Córdoba are delineated in the northern part, South, East and West located to 12 km (7 mi) from San Martín Square which means that the common land has 24 km (15 mi) from side. The city, adjoins in the northern territory with Colón Department summarizing a total surface of 562.


Geology

The city is located in the plain of the Humid Pampa, to the east of the oriental cord of Córdoba Hills or Sierras Chicas, also known as the Sierras Cordobesas, which has an average height of 550 m. It spreads at the foot of the mount, on both banks of the River Suquía, and flows into the San Roque reservoir; from there, the Primero River goes east into the plains surrounding the city of Córdoba.

Once inside the city, the La Cañada stream meets the Rio Primero near the city centre area. Two kilometers to the east, Isla de los Patos (Ducks Island) was repopulated with ducks and swans in the 1980s. It was reported in March 2006 that a large number of ducks had died due to unspecified causes. Pollution caused by chemical waste is suspected as the cause, but avian influenza is also being investigated.

Beyond the city limits, the river flows towards the Algarrobos swamp and ends its course on the southern coast of the Mar Chiquita (or Mar de Ansenuza) salt lake. All in all, the river has a length of approximately 200 km (124 mi) and carries, on average, 9.7 m³/s, with minimum of 2 m³/s and maximum of 24 m³/s  with a peak during the summer months.

Pollution of the water and of the riverbank is a major environmental issue in Córdoba. Periodic cleaning operations are carried out to increase the quality of the water and to preserve the viability of fishing, both in the San Roque reservoir area and downstream.

Economy

Since World War II, Córdoba has been developing a versatile industrial base. The biggest sectors is car and car parts manufacturing: (Renault has a factory which produces a range of cars,Volkswagen has a factory specialized in the production of gearboxes, and Fiat) has another car factory in the city. Many suppliers (both local and foreign) manufacture car parts for these operations. Additionally, starting in 2017-2018, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz will begin the production of their new pickup truck at the Renault factory. Railway construction (Materfer) and aircraft construction (Fábrica Militar de Aviones) were once significant employers, but their activities have greatly diminished. Furthermore, there are some textile, heavy and chemical industries (e.g. Porta for alcohol).

Areas around Córdoba produce vast amounts of agricultural products, and some of these are processed around the city. Additionally, the province is one of the main producers of agricultural machinery in the country, although most of these operations are not in the city itself. Candy company Arcor is headquartered in the city.

Córdoba has been considered the technological centre of Argentina. The Argentinian spaceport (Centro Espacial Teófilo Tabanera), where satellites are being developed and operated for CONAE, is located in the suburb of Falda del Carmen. The software and electronic industries are advancing and becoming significant exporters; among the leading local employers in the sector are Motorola, Vates, Intel, Electronic Data Systems, and Santex América.

The city also has a service-based economy focused on retail, professional services (with companies like Deloitte) and financial services, where the main local player is credit card provider Tarjeta Naranja. It has recently emerged as a start-up hub with a growing number of angel investors, in part due to the availability of people with technology-oriented skills.

Subdivisions

Districts

Córdoba is home to one of the most important financial districts in South America. The district is home to the Bank of Córdoba and other private banking institutions. Sightseeing places include San Martín Square, the Jesuit Block (declared UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Genaro Pérez Museum. The streets mostly follow a regular checkerboard pattern, and the main thoroughfares are Vélez Sarsfield, Colón, General Paz, Dean Funes Avenue, and 27 April Street. The point of origin of the city is the San Martin Square, surrounded by the Municipality and Central Post Office.

Downtown Córdoba is home of large shopping malls, notably Patio Olmos. This mall is the result of a massive regeneration effort, recycling and refurbishing the west side old warehouses into elegant offices and commercial centres. An important cultural point of interest is the Palacio Ferreyra, a mansion built in 1916 based on plans by the French architect, Ernest Sanson. The Ferreyra palace was converted into the Evita Perón Museum of Fine Arts (the city's second) in 2007. Located at the corner of Hipólito Yrigoyen and Chacabuco Avenues, it has now been restored and adapted to house the city's principal art gallery.

New Córdoba has a number of important avenues such as Yrigoyen and Vélez Sarsfield. Most of the university students in this growing city live in this neighbourhood, and a recent construction boom has been transforming this upscale area into the fastest-growing section in the city.

Ciudad Universitaria is a district located in the southern area of the city, next to the 17 hectares (42 acres) Sarmiento Park, the city's most important one. The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) has most of its facilities in this area. The UNC was the first university built in Argentina, founded by Jesuits around 1622. The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba is also famous for the "Reforma Universitaria", a student-led protest that started in March 1918 in the Medical School, in which the students rebelled against the prevailing university system. This was an old anachronic system in which professors were authoritarian and inefficient, with a religiously oriented curriculum. Eventually this revolt lead to a more secular curriculum and some significant re-structuring of the university government. The distinctive nature of the movement derived not only from its radical demands, but also from its extremist tactics, the level of sophistication of its organization, and its major continental impact. In fact, the Reform Movement rapidly spread from Córdoba to Lima (1919), Cuzco (1920), Santiago de Chile (1920), and Mexico (1921). Another important university, the UTN, dedicated to the teaching of engineering sciences, is located in this part of the city. There are also a gym and football stadium and tennis courts for the students. The Córdoba Zoo is located in this district.

Located about 6 km (4 mi) from downtown Córdoba is the Cerro de Las Rosas. This very affluent neighborhood is famous for its schools, shops and educational institutions. This neighborhood's economic activity centers around the Rafael Núñez Avenue, a long wide road that stretches for a few kilometers and has restaurants, boutiques, banks and other shops. Over the last decade, this neighborhood has experienced steady growth; however, some of its most affluent inhabitants have moved to gated communities for security reasons. Some of these communities, such as "Las Delicias" and "Lomas de los Carolinos", are in the old Camino a La Calera.

Internet, Comunication

Telephone characteristic of Córdoba is 0351, except for the Argüello area in the North-West, of which it is 03543.

Most hotels, hostels, cafés and restaurants have now free wi-fi access, in the Nueva Córdoba area there is a public Wi-fi service (very slow). Internet cafés still exist, although much less than in the past decades, and charge between 5 and 10 pesos the hour.

The official web site of Córdoba is Cordoba.gov.ar [www], a good internet portal with the best event information is Vos, run by the most popular local newspaper La Voz del Interior.

Prices in Cordoba

PRICES LIST - USD

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter$1.10
Tomatoes1 kg$1.75
Cheese0.5 kg$5.50
Apples1 kg$1.75
Oranges1 kg$1.25
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$1.30
Bottle of Wine1 bottle$5.30
Coca-Cola2 liters$1.95
Bread1 piece$1.20
Water1.5 l$1.15

PRICES LIST - USD

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2$26.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$40.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2$52.00
Mac Meal or similar1 meal$5.70
Water0.33 l$1.20
Cappuccino1 cup$2.50
Beer (Imported)0.33 l$3.50
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$2.70
Coca-Cola0.33 l$1.60
Coctail drink1 drink$6.00

PRICES LIST - USD

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets$12.00
Gym1 month$35.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut$6.50
Theatar2 tickets$48.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.20
Pack of Marlboro1 pack$1.90

PRICES LIST - USD

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack$8.00
Tampons32 pieces$3.60
Deodorant50 ml.$2.40
Shampoo400 ml.$3.20
Toilet paper4 rolls$2.20
Toothpaste1 tube$2.35

PRICES LIST - USD

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1$100.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1$67.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)$115.00
Leather shoes1$118.00

PRICES LIST - USD

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter$1.00
TaxiStart$1.20
Taxi1 km$1.00
Local Transport1 ticket$0.30

Tourist (Backpacker)  

48 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

150 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

It is very easy to reach Córdoba from other parts of Argentina because of its position in the country's geographical center.

Transportation - Get In

By plane

The International Airport Ingeniero Taravella, also called Pajas Blancas is 10 km (6 mi) north of the city center. There are flights to several towns in Argentina, to Lima, Santiago de Chile, Panama City and some cities in Brazil, though now there are fewer flights than in the 90s because of the weaker Argentine Peso after the Argentine economic crisis of 2001/2002. If you come from overseas you may change in Buenos Aires, São Paulo or Santiago de Chile. Coming from the United States perhaps the best connection is via Panama City. If you fly through Buenos Aires you will likely need to transfer from Ezeiza airport to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery on your own with your luggage, and the shuttle bus service is relatively expensive, more than half the price of a taxi.

From the Córdoba airport there is a regular bus to city center (25, about 0.60 USD, be aware that drivers will often refuse to take passengers with too much luggage), a minibus service and taxis (about ARS 130-170). From the Taravella airport there are also direct buses stopping on the way between Córdoba's bus terminal and the attractive suburb of Río Ceballos, but this bus stop is a 5-minute walk away at the E-55 highway and is poorly marked, better ask a local for the exact location. Additionally, the major car rental agencies have offices at the airport.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

Until the 1980s Córdoba was an important railway center with many connections. Today, the only long-distance line left with passenger services is the railway to Buenos Aires, via Villa María and Rosario, two times a week. The train is very cheap in comparison to buses and has a pullman section and sleepers, but the journey is about 5 hours longer because of the deteriorated rails. Fortunately, in 2015 the worst part of the railroad was renovated. Also, in the holiday season you must reserve well in advance as the demand is high. Reservations are only possible at the train stations and you must show your passport or ID card when buying the tickets. There is also a local train to Villa María, three times a week.

The main train station Estación Mitre is near the omnibus terminal, on Boulevard Perón, another one in the neighborhood of Barrio Ferreyra (about 12 km south-east of the city centre). Another train station is Alta Córdoba about 1 km north of the Suquía River in Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera street. From there, there are 2-3 local trains per day to Cosquín via La Calera and the San Roque dam (very beautiful journey, but slow).

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

Buses are now the most popular public transport. The main bus station, Terminal de Ómnibus de Córdoba (TOC), is located in the east of the city center, between Boulevard Illía and Boulevard Perón streets (Direction: Boulevard Perón 380), near the Río Suquía and the Mitre train station. There are direct connections to all large cities, provincial capitals and main tourist destinations of Argentina, with the exception of Ushuaia (you will have to change in Río Gallegos) and Viedma (changes possible in Bahía Blanca and San Antonio Oeste). Very frequent buses to Buenos Aires (11 hours), Salta (12 hours) and Rosario (5.5 hour). Also, the local buses to the suburbs stop here.

The bus station has two separate terminal buildings, T1 or Terminal Vieja and T2 orTerminal Nueva, connected via a tunnel. It is the older building T1 where most of the long-distance buses arrive, and the newer T2 is dedicated mostly to local connections and some lines to Patagonia. Take into account that the whole station is about 700 m long, so it's good to arrive early if you don't know the gate from where your bus starts.

From the bus terminal, there are many possibilities to reach the main hotels and attractions, as it is only 500-800 m away from the microcentro.

  • First, you can reach the microcentro area perfectly walking, for example taking the street of Boulevard Perón to the north and then Rosario de Santa Fe to the west which takes you to San Martín Square, the Cathedral and the pedestrian malls.
  • Second, several local urban bus lines take you to the microcentro and other areas. There are three urban bus stops around the terminal (poorly marked): in Bv. Illia near T1 between Tránsito Cáceres de Allende and Paraná streets, and in Bv. Perón; where there are two stops, one at T1 and one at T2. Be aware that you need to buy a bus card first (see Get around section); you can do this in some of the kiosks at the terminals with the Red Bus sign.
  • Third, there are two taxi stations in T1 and a smaller one in T2. In T2, the station where you can take a taxi to the city center is located at the main floor, the one that leads to the eastern neighborhoods is in the lower floor.

Another smaller bus station is at Mercado Sur, about 400 m south of Plaza San Martín in Bv. Illia street. Only local and regional buses, e.g. to Carlos Paz and Villa General Belgrano, stop here. There are some other minor short- and mid-distance bus stops marked with a red sign (Parada de Transporte Interurbano) but you will have to ask at the main terminal (or locals) which buses stop there as there are no indications.

Transportation - Get In

By Car

The city is connected with most larger towns by good asphalted routes. A motorway links Cordoba to Rosario and from there, to the Buenos Aires - Santa Fe motorway. Another motorway links Córdoba with Carlos Paz, another dual-carriageway goes to Alta Gracia. As of 2015, there are dual-carriageway highways being built to Santa Fe, Río Cuarto in the south of the province on the way to Patagonia, and Villa del Totoral on the way to Tucumán and the North-West.


Transportation - Get Around

Transportation - Get Around

By bus

Urban bus lines: Since the abolition of the tramway in the 1960s, public transport is limited to buses. They are cheap by international standards, but often very crowded. The lines are divided in corridors, each of them is associated with a color and a number: Rojo (Red, corridors 3 and 8), Naranja (Orange, corridors 1and 6), Azul (Blue, corridors 2 and 7 (but buses are red and yellow, for now!),Amarillo (Yellow, corridors 4 and 5). The bus line number is a combination of the corridor number and the line's number, e.g. 40 or 51. A few lines have different routes, but this is much less an orientation problem than in Buenos Aires.

There are trolleybuses (A, B, and C) and two circular lines (500-501 and 600-601). Also, there are some neighborhood lines (barriales) which cost less than the regular fare.

Fares: The urban buses of Córdoba use exclusively the so-called Red Bus electronic ticket system. You need a bus card, which can be bought at official points of sale (green/blue posts) in the city center, at some kiosks (look for theRed Bus sign), at the omnibus terminal and at the airport. The old bus coins (cospeles) are not accepted anymore. Drivers will frequently refuse to accept pesos, but you can also ask other passengers if they'll lend you their card. Most buses will charge $8,25 as of early 2016. The buses of the lines 500-501 and 600-601, which go around in the outskirts rounding the city, will charge 15% more. If you combine two different lines from different colors with a no more than 60 minutes' wait, you will pay only about $1,80 for the second bus, and it's free to combine between different lines of the same corridor, if they go in the same direction (so normally you cannot return to your starting point without having to purchase another ticket). There are no weekly or monthly flat-fares.

There are also interurbanos which serve the suburbs of the city. They charge accordingly to the distance to the terminal, prices vary from about $15 to La Calera up to $40 to the peripheral suburbs of Villa Carlos Paz, Jesús María and Cosquín.

Transportation - Get Around

By Taxi

Yellow taxis and green remises, similar to taxis but with a different fare system, are a comfortable way of getting around, with prices starting from around $25 for a 15-block ride. Under the rules, yellow taxis may be hailed for pick up on the street but green remises are dedicated to pickup up from a particular location after receiving a telephone request. But these rules are loose and you may often successfully hail a green remis on the street. Taxi drivers are very sensitive about their cars. When exiting please close the door slowly, and remember to try and keep your feet planted to the ground. Also, there are no seatbelts in most taxis. Generally speaking, taxis and remises are safe; but it may be even safer to call a taxi or remis by phone in some situations, e.g. when travelling to the airport.

 

Transportation - Get Around

By Bicycle

Traffic in the downtown area has been getting increasingly messy, and the quickest way to move around this area (if you are healthy enough for it) is definitely by bike.

Córdoba has a fairly extensive cycleway network (Red de Ciclovías) built in the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, the cycleways are poorly maintained and have large gaps, some of them also pass through run-down neighborhoods with a high crime rate and are not recommended for tourists. The most picturesque cycleway runs parallel to the Suquía River and is a good option to cross the city from east to west. Recently an inner city cycling infrastructure has been added, but it covers only a few main avenues in the Nueva Córdoba and Centro area, linking the University campus (Ciudad Universitaria) with the Patio Olmos, the bus terminal and the Government building (Centro Cìvico).

Due to bicycle theft, it's a good idea to park the bicycle at a guarded carpark, particularly in the city center. By law, all public parking garages (playa de estacionamiento) must accept bicycles, but some will refuse to do so or charge you the same price as for a motorcycle. Maipú Parking in Av. Maipú is a good option with a low price in the city centre. If you want to go shopping with your bike outside the central district, be aware that only large supermarkets and shopping malls offer (relatively) safe bicycle parking facilities.

There is no public bike-rental system in the city, although there are plans to establish one. There are only a few bicycle rental agencies in Córdoba, two of them are Córdoba Rent a Bike in San Martín 5 and Baluch Backpacker's Hostel in San Martín 338.

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Shopping

Córdoba is a good shopping city, and you can buy near all kind of things at reasonable prices. The most active zone is the Peatonal pedestrian mall around San Martín Square and the nearby Mercado Norte and Mercado Sur areas, with cheaper prices. In the Nueva Córdoba and Güemes quarters, but also in some central galleries, there are shops and boutiques with locally designed clothing.

Local arts and crafts are sold at the Paseo de las Artes (Saturday and Sunday after 5PM), where you also can buy some local food like salamis, honey, and alfajores (a local sweet with dulce de leche) in the very pleasant Güemes district (see above). The area is now the most popular shopping area at weekends.

There is also a smaller arts and crafts market at Plaza San Martín, and some others at other city squares. In summer some craftsmen move to the Sierras, where there is an attractive market at the dam Dique San Roque 10 km (6 mi) north of Carlos Paz, 15 km (9 mi) west of La Calera and 25 km (15 mi) from Córdoba itself, via route E-55.

There are many galleries and some modern shopping malls. The most well-known are Patio Olmos and Garden Shopping (central district), Dinosaurio Mall and Córdoba Shopping (northwest), and the Nuevo Centro Shopping (west) where there is also the Sheraton Hotel. They are popular with middle-class Argentines, but the offer is limited to large franchises. Note that electronic items like televisions, cameras and computers usually have higher prices than in Europe and the US; cellular phones from established brands tend to be most expensive.

An interesting experience is to visit the flea market in Villa El Libertador neighborhood (about 8 km south-west of the city center) on Sunday mornings, the center of the Bolivian community, where you can find also cheap Andean food.

Restaurants

Gastronomy hubs are the city center (particularly General Paz, Illia and Colón avenues), the Cerro de las Rosas area (large restaurants, relatively high prices, often pleasant outdoor bars), Güemes (Belgrano and Alvear streets, with a mix of mid-range and upscale restaurants and bars), General Paz (with some of the most renowned restaurants) and Nueva Córdoba (mostly fast food). In the main avenues of the outskirts you will find some good places to eat, too.


Budget

  • Choripán stands, very tasty sandwiches with argentinian sausage (chorizo), most stands are inside Parque Sarmiento and near the Suquía river
  • Juanito, Av. Pueyrredón near Obispo Trejo, Mexican food, often crowded at weekends
  • Mega Döner, Ituzaingó near Rondeau and Av. Vélez Sársfield near Caseros, Döner Kebap in various flavors
  • Ugi's Pizza, Bv. Illía / Ituzaingó, cheap pizzas (a clone of the Buenos Aires original)

Mid-range

  • Casa China, Av. Rafael Núñez near the Mujer Urbana roundabout, Chinese and Argentine food
  • Potrerillo, Bv. Las Heras / Av. Tillard, Mexican food, after 3AM it converts into a (mainstream) discothèque
  • Casa de Salta, Caseros / Independencia, northern Argentina food
  • Al-Malek, Lima 865, Arabic food, pleasant, good food, has moved from Nueva Córdoba to General Paz neighborhood
  • Plaza Austria, Costanera, German food and local beer, at the Río Suquía
  • Las Tinajas, Bv. San Juan, another at Av. Colón, a huge All-You-Can-Eat with Argentine and Chinese food
  • Equilibrate, Vélez Sársfield 29, vegetarian restaurant and delivery

Splurge

  • Rita (four restaurants, in Nueva Córdoba, Villa Cabrera, Alta Córdoba and Carlos Paz), modern and stylish resto-bar with electronic music or live bands, and a wide variety of ethnic food.
  • Il Gatto, Av. Gral Paz and Av. Colón, Italian food
  • Guccio, Av. H. Yrigoyen 71, international specialties
  • Rancho Grande, Av. Rafael Nuñez, typical Argentine "Parrilla", meat.
  • San Honorato,  +54 351 453-5252. Pringles esquina 25 de Mayo. Closed on Mondays, open for lunch & dinner. Built inside an old bakery, San Honorato is not only delicious food; it is an experience in itself. After ordering, you will be asked to proceed to the vine cellar, where the owner and his son welcome you with a glass of wine and some bites while your food is cooking. $50 - $100.

Sights & Landmarks

There are many colonial buildings in the city center, most of them built by the Jesuits in 17th and 18th centuries. The Manzana de los Jesuitas, declared Humanity's patrimony by theUNESCO, is a whole block of such buildings, between 27 de Abril, Obispo Trejo, Caseros and Av. Vélez Sársfield.


Churches

  • Cathedral, Independencia / 27 de Abril, built between the 16 and late 18th centuries in Latin American baroque style with interesting interior partly built by Native American craftsmen.
  • Capilla doméstica, in the "Manzana de los Jesuitas". Not permanently open, it is necessary to ask for permission to visit it. The most beautiful of them all.
  • Iglesia Sagrado Corazón (also called Iglesia de los Capuchinos), Obispo Oro / Buenos Aires, Nueva Córdoba, a very attractive church in neo-Gothic style, well worth visiting.
  • Iglesia de Santa Catalina de Siena, Plaza Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera
  • Monasterio de Santa Teresa, Obispo Trejo / 27 de Abril, an interesting pink Baroque building near the Cathedral, which hosts the Museum of Religious Art.
  • Iglesia de San Francisco, Entre Ríos / Buenos Aires
  • Compañía de Jesús, Manzana de los Jesuitas, oldest church of Argentina (1671)
  • Iglesia María Auxiliadora, Av Colón / Rodríguez Peña (on Plaza Colón), beautiful neo-Gothic church in Barrio Alberdi

Other buildings

  • Palacio Ferreyra, Av. Yrigoyen / Derqui
  • Palacio Municipal, Av. Alvear and Caseros, a large modern building but a bit run-down
  • Cabildo, Plaza San Martín, colonial style, with a museum
  • Palacio de Justicia, Av. Figueroa Alcorta, large building in neo-classical style
  • Ex Rectorado de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Obispo Trejo / Caseros, very fine colonial building with a museum and a beautiful patio.
  • Colegio de Montserrat, Obispo Trejo / Duarte Quirós. School of the Jesuits.
  • Banco de la Provincia de Córdoba, San Jerónimo / Buenos Aires, neo-classic style.
  • Monument of San Martín, Plaza San Martín
  • Monument to Vélez Sársfield, Plaza Vélez Sarsfield (Av. V. Sarsfield / Av. H. Yrigoyen)
  • Monument to Myriam Stefford, in the outskirts, on RP5 (Av. Armada Argentina), near the toll station of Los Cedros, a huge obelisk
  • Faro, A lighthouse 1000 km from the sea, near Plaza España

Parks and squares

  • Parque Sarmiento, Nueva Córdoba, the most popular park of the city, with a zoo, a flower garden and an artificial lake
  • Parque Las Heras, Bv. Las Heras / Av. Gral. Paz, a small park north of the Suquía river
  • Parque de la Vida, at the La Cañada river, south-western Córdoba, a large, pleasant park with interesting scenery
  • Parque General Paz, small park near the Río Suquía, near the interesting Industry Museum
  • Parque San Martín, Av. Ramón C. Cárcano, at the Río Suquía, 10 km. west of the city center. Córdoba's largest park with a ferial complex, a soccer stadium and a nature reserve which protects the original Espinal woodlands covering most of Córdoba province before the 20th century.
  • Parque de las Naciones and Parque Autóctono, Av. Sagrada Familia, Barrio Cerro de las Rosas, two small parks with a hill and good views of the city
  • Jardín Botánico , near Río Suquía 8 km (5 mi) west of the center.
  • Isla de los Patos, Av. Costanera / Hualfín (Bo. Alberdi), an island in the Río Suquía with a little park, ideal for families. Pretty crowded on weekends, when a small Peruvian market with some Andean food is hold here.
  • Plaza San Martín, San Martín / Rosario de Santa Fe, the heart of the city, surrounded by historic buildings
  • Paseo de Sobremonte, La Cañada / 27 de Abril, an old, very pleasant square of 1785
  • Plaza de la Intendencia, Av. Marcelo T. de Alvear between Caseros and Duarte Quirós, a nice public square between the city hall and the main courthouse
  • Plaza España, Chacabuco / Av. Yrigoyen, modern square in a rationalistic design.
  • Plaza Colón, Av. Colón / Mariano Moreno, Barrio Alberdi, green, beautiful square
  • Paseo de las Artes, Belgrano / Fructuoso Rivera, Barrio Güemes, square with well-known art and crafts market and old-style buildings
  • Paseo del Buen Pastor, a remodeled old prison with a green square, now the center of Nueva Córdoba area

Other

  • Córdoba Observatory, in Barrio Observatorio. In the late 19'th century, this was one of the world's most important astronomic observatories.

In the outskirts of the city, there is the Observatorio Bosque Alegre, 25 km (15 mi) south-west of the city, now the main telescope. Nearby is Centro Espacial Teófilo Tabanera, Ruta C-45, Falda del Cañete, 15 km (9 mi) south-west. Argentina's main space center, with a museum.

Museums & Galleries

There are many museums housing all kinds of things.

Arts:

  • Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio E. Caraffa, at Plaza España, focuses on contemporary art. It is spacious and pleasant.
  • Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Dr. Genaro Pérez, Av. General Paz 33, somewhat more "underground" than the Caraffa, interesting.
  • Museo Ecclesiástico Déan Funes, Plaza San Martín in the Oratorio O. Mercadillo, religious art
  • Museo de Arte Religioso Juan de Tejeda, Independencia 122, best museum for religious art in Argentina
  • Museo del Teatro y la Música Cristóbal de Aguilar, Velez Sarsfield 317, inside of the Teatro El Libertador
  • Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Chateau Carreras, Parque San Martín, Av. Ramón C. Carcano. A little 19th century castle with a beautiful patio in the west of the city, which exhibits modern art.
  • Art Galleries in the Paseo de las Artes, Belgrano/La Cañada/Pasaje Revol
  • Museo Iberoamericano de Artesanías, Belgrano / A. Rodríguez, folk art of Latin American Indians and typical "latinoamericanism" pieces
  • Museo Cultural General Paz, Pringles/Catamarca, Bo. Gral. Paz (sometimes closed)

Science:

  • Museo Paleontológico de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Velez Sarsfield 249, where there is the fossile of the greatest pre-historic spider of the world.
  • Museo de la Anatomía Dr. Pedro Ara, Chubut 149.
  • Museo de Ciencias Naturales Dr. Bartolomé Mitre, Av. Lugones and Paraná.
  • Museo de Mineralogía Alfredo Stelzner, Av. Velez Sársfield 299
  • Museo de Zoología, Av. Velez Sarsfield 299, 2nd level
  • Museo Nacional de Meteorología Dr. Benjamin Gould, San Luis 801. Best museum for meteorology in Argentina.
  • Museo de Antropología de la UNC, H. Irigoyen 174.

Technology:

  • Museo del Automóvil, in the industrial complex CIADEA, Bo. Santa Isabel.
  • Museo de la Industria, Parque General Paz, Bo. General Paz, many cars and motorbikes of local production, and an interesting rotating house (casa giratoria).
  • Museo para Niños Barrilete, Av. Costanera, La Vieja Usina. A museum for kids.

Historic Museums:

  • Museo Histórico Marqués de Sobremonte, Rosario de Santa Fe 218, shows the history of city and of Argentina.
  • Museo Histórico de la Universidad, Obispo Trejo 242, at the "Ex Rectorado" (now Facultad de Derecho), will show the university's history.
  • Museo Colonial Hispanoamericano, Entre Ríos 24.
  • Museo Obispo Salguero, Obispo Salguero 84, Art and historic documents.
  • Museo Obispo Fray José Antonio de San Alberto, Manzana de los Jesuitas, religious items
  • Museo Numismático del Banco Nación, opposite San Martín square, Banco de la Nación, coin collections
  • Museo Banco de Provincia de Córdoba, opposite San Martín square

Varied exhibitions:

  • Museo de la Ciudad, Cabildo, Plaza San Martín, varied exhibitions, often very interesting
  • Centro José Malanca, Entre Ríos 40
  • Centro Obispo Mercadillo, Rosario de Santa Fe 39

Things to do

Córdoba has a lot of cultural life, except in summer when the scene moves to Carlos Paz and other hillside resorts. But it's a good center for sports, too.


Cultural life

There are over 50 theaters and culture centers and some "arte bars", where you can see theater, art exhibitions and different music acts. Every 2 years there is the Festival de Teatro del Mercosur, Argentina's most important theater festival, with many groups of South America.

Most important theaters include:

  • Teatro del Libertador, Av. Vélez Sársfield / Duarte Quirós, the biggest and most traditional, in Italian opera-house style, featuring opera and classical music, but also more modern pieces.
  • Teatro Real, San Jerónimo 66, facing Plaza San Martín, the second traditional theater, with a wide variety of shows, including opera, music, and humor.
  • Teatro Comedia, Rivadavia 254 (was heavily damaged by a fire, now closed)
  • Espacio Cirulaxia, Pasaje Pérez 12
  • documentA / Escénicas, Lima street
  • Teatro María Castaña, Tucumán street
  • Teatro La Cochera, Fructuoso Rivera 541
  • Teatro Pacífico, Dean Funes 266
  • Teatro Maipú, Maipú 350
  • Studio Theater, Rosario de Santa Fe and Maipú, a theater and discothèque
  • Teatro Córdoba, 27 de Abril / Belgrano (with cinema exhibitions)

Modern theater is also shown in Cineclub Municipal Hugo del Carril.

Multiplex cinemas are in the shopping centers of Patio Olmos, Nuevo Centro and Córdoba Shopping, but there are some traditional cinemas in the city center like Gran Rex in General Paz and Colón and Cinerama, Colón between Tucumán and Sucre.

There are also cineclubes, cinemas, with some of them being very active cultural centers.

  • Cineclub Municipal Hugo del Carril , Bv. San Juan and Obispo Trejo,
  • Teatro Córdoba Cine para ver  , 27 de Abril / Belgrano
  • Facultad de Lenguas of the University, the
  • Centro Cultural España Córdoba (see below)
  • Sociedad Británica (British Society).

Some "arte bars" show movies, too.

In the many cultural centers there are not only a wide variety of shows and exhibitions, but you can also assist at many courses:

  • Ciudad de las Artes, Av. Ricchieri (Parque Sarmiento; Bo. Villa Revol), a new cultural complex with many institutes
  • Paseo de las Artes 
  • Pabellón Argentina, the cultural center of the University
  • Centro Cultural España Córdoba, Caseros / Independencia, shows of modern music, theater, cinema and multimedia arts, and literature
  • Goethe-Institut, Plaza España (Nueva Córdoba), German culture center
  • Casa Grote (Padre Grote, Bo. General Bustos), "underground" culture center, with exhibitions, music and theater.
  • 990 Arte Club (Bv. Los Andes y Las Heras)

There are also cultural activities at the CPCs (municipal district centers).


Sports

There are many sport clubs where you can do a wide variety of sports, being the most popular association football, basketball, and field hockey. The clubs will mostly charge a monthly fee. There are also paid soccer fields (mostly of reduced size for 5 or 7 players per team), and you can do inline skating, mountain-bike and play soccer in an informal way in the parks, like the Parque Sarmiento, and the many plazas in the barrios outside the city centre.

The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba offers courses in a variety of sports, including climbing and sailing. Secretaría de Educación Física, Av. Valparaíso S/N.

Association football (soccer) is the most popular sport, like in most of Argentina. The best-known soccer teams of Córdoba are Belgrano, Talleres and Instituto. Belgrano plays in First Division, Instituto in Second Division (B Nacional) and Talleres in third division. Córdoba has also a very good basketball team, Atenas, which holds the record of championships in Argentina and is known as one of the best outside the USA.

Stadiums:

  • Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Av. R.C. Cárcano, Parque San Martín. Known also as "Olympic" stadium (although there never were olympic games in Argentina). It doesn't belong to a specific club, so all important football matches and many other sports and entertainment events are held here. With a capacity of 55.000 spectators (all-seater) it's one of the largest stadiums in Argentina.
  • Estadio Presidente Perón, Jujuy / Quevedo, Bo. Alta Córdoba, Instituto's stadium, is the second largest. Capacity: 30.000.
  • Estadio Gigante de Alberdi (official name: Julio César Villalba, Belgrano's stadium), Arturo Orgaz / La Rioja, near Av. Colón in the Alberdi neighborhood, is the third largest with 28.000 spectators.
  • Estadio Boutique (Talleres), Av. Riccheri 3200 / Av. Talleres, Bo. Jardín, Capacity: 16.500.
  • Orfeo Superdomo, Av. Rodríguez del Busto and Cardeñosa, the largest indoor stadium of Argentina with a capacity of about 12.000.
  • Polideportivo Carlos Cerutti, another large indoor stadium, where Atenas' basketball team plays regularly. Pinzón 1950.

Swimming

Although some locals do so, it is not recommended to swim in the polluted Río Suquía, except for the extreme north-west of the city. Houses in the northwest of the city are guaranteed to have swimming pools, all the way to Unquillo.

If you don't want to make a trip to the outskirts, you can swim in the many piscinas(swimming pools) in the city itself, and even in the city center, but most of them are rather poor, and you will have to pass a medical examination. The largest public swimming pool is the Pileta Municipal in Sarmiento Park, but is only open between late December and early March and often very crowded.

You can swim at the following spots in the surroundings:

  • La Calera, 18 km (11 mi) north-west from the center, where the Suquía is clean and there are many pleasant spots, with rocks and little cascades, like Diquecito andCasa Bamba.
  • Río Ceballos, a very attractive suburb, 30 km (18 mi) north-west from the center in the hills, can be reached by a very good highway. There is the La Quebrada artificial lake, with a dam, and in the surroundings there are many little rivers and cascades.
  • Anizacate, Los Aromos, La Bolsa and La Serranita near Alta Gracia, 30 km (18 mi) south-west, with river beaches and much tranquility.
  • Villa Carlos Paz, at River San Antonio. The more central beaches like Fantasio are very crowded in summer, and the Lake San Roque has only small beaches and is pretty polluted. So better go to the beaches south of the central area like Playas de Oro and nearby beaches at Mayu Sumaj and Icho Cruz. At Cuesta Blanca 10 km (6 mi) south of Carlos Paz, there is an isolated, very attractive beach after a 40-min walk, the Playa de los Hippies.

There are many buses (every 20-30 min) to all mentioned spots.


LGBT travelers

Córdoba has the fame to be a conservative city, but LGBT presence and tolerance towards them has increased greatly over the last decades. The first dedicated gay club of Argentina, Piaf, has been opened here in the 1980's, and there are now strong organizations lobbying for LGBT issues. There are also some travel agencies specialized in LGBT visitors. If you are in trouble o simply need informations about the gay scene in Córdoba, there is a phone service for LGBT tourists (0800-268-0532) operated by the local web portal Lugares Gay CBA, a good source of information about the local options.

Although local LGBT people tend to be less extroverted than in Buenos Aires, as a LGBT visitor you can show your affections openly, at least in the cosmopolitan central districts (Centro, Nueva Córdoba, the eastern parts of Güemes and Alberdi, andGeneral Paz). In the poorer neighborhoods and the outskirts of the city, however, you should be more careful (including the western part of Güemes quarter around Zen club), as there have been incidents of discrimination against LGTB people and tolerance generally is lower.

Festivals and events

Events like congresses, conventions, big concerts and exhibitions are hold at the following centers:

  • Predio Feriar, Av. Ramón Cárcano, Parque San Martín. Large events and congresses, some festivals.
  • Orfeo Superdomo, Rodriguez del Busto / Cordillera (Bo. Villa Cabrera), music and sports events including boxing
  • Pajas Blancas Center, M. P. de Cabrera 7500, concerts and congresses
  • Forja, Bo. Talleres Este (5 km {3 mi} east of center), often concerts, but also congresses
  • Plaza de la Música, Av. Costanera R. Mestre (Bo. Alberdi), frequent music and theater events.
  • Sala de las Américas, Av. H. de la Torre (Ciudad Universitaria), many concerts and theater events.
  • Centro Cultural Gral. Paz, Catamarca / Pringles, an old warehouse, many rock concerts and theater events
  • Teatro Griego, Parque Sarmiento, beautifully located outdoor amphitheater, but actually little use.

Some events also take place in the soccer stadiums mentioned above.

Some important and interesting yearly events are the Feria Internacional de Artesanías (arts and crafts fair) in autumn and the Book fair in September. Since 2005, Córdoba hosts Sexpoerótica, the most important adult convention of Argentina and now one of the largest of Latin America, with more than 70.000 visitors in 2014, in autumn.

The Noche de los Museos is an irregular event (2-3 times per year) when you can visit many museums of the city without having to pay, until 1 or 2 am.

Nightlife

Cordoba has a vibrant nightlife although it dies of somewhat during the university holidays over Christmas and doesn't get going again until March-ish. There are places to cater for all tastes from dingy bars to live shows to the latest and greatest music. The main events can be seen at the Vos web site owned by the La Voz del Interiornewspaper and in the newspaper itself, that carries an event guide every Thursday. If you like electronic music, the web portal Cosmobeat will guide you to the main events in city and surroundings. The gothic scene is under-represented, there are only irregular parties.

Most clubs close at 5am, and since 2005 there is a local law prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages between 5am and 9am. The once-vibrant afterhour scene has died somewhat since this law came into force. Also don't expect too much night life between Sunday and Tuesday, when only a few clubs are open (Monday night has the least events).

In the following three districts there is the most active night life:

  • Nueva Córdoba, home of many students from other Argentine towns, with many bars and pubs and some mainstream clubs
  • Güemes, particularly in the Belgrano street, the Marcelo T. de Alvear avenue ("La Cañada" area) and the surroundings, with many pleasant bars and some few larger clubs. Some good clubs are also in the Roca avenue west of Cañada.
  • Ex Abasto, the former red-light district near River Suquía, many rock and cuarteto clubs and some greater discothèques, wide variety of music between mainstream and underground. The surrounding area is relatively unsafe, so keep at the main streets, which at weekends are full of young people.
  • Chateau Carreras, near Parque San Martín, the most "chic" area, expensive clubs, most of electronic music and international pop, but also some cuarteto parties.

There are also some expensive clubs in the Cerro de las Rosas district. In Alta Córdobaand nearby General Bustos districts there are some arte bars with live music. In the suburbs of Villa Allende, Saldán and La Calera there are some popular clubs too. In summer there is a very active night life in Villa Carlos Paz, private minibuses will take you to the biggest clubs from Plaza Vélez Sarsfield at 1AM if you pay the entrance fare in advance.

The authentic urban music of Córdoba is the lively, fast Cuarteto dance music. It was invented in the 1940s by Cuarteto Leo group but has changed greatly in the 1980s and 1990s, including Central American (merengue) and pop influences. Bands of this genre play live several times a week, in the so-called bailes, at sport centers, halls and great discothèques. Most of the visitors of these bailes are from the lower social classes. If you want to visit a baile, particularly that of the most popular singer La Mona Jiménez, it's best to take a local with you. There is sometimes fighting between local gangs, but male visitors generally only get in trouble if they speak to someone's girlfriend. For women there are no special dangers, because Argentine men are generally very polite to them, but don't feel disturbed if many guys want to speak to you ...

The order of the following list is from cheap to expensive:

  • Bar de Don Mario, San Martín / Rondeau (Nueva Córdoba), a little, cheap rock bar in Nueva Córdoba, frequented by students
  • La Rústica, Zona Ex Abasto near Av. Tillard, cheap bar with local punk rock and heavy metal, no live music, but sometimes strip dancers, frequented by students and "rollingas" (rock fans)
  • Pétalos de Sol, Av. Marcelo T. de Alvear near Bv. San Juan, one of the most popular and typical student rock / reggae bars in the city center, open every day except Monday.
  • Clarke´s Irish Bar, Independencia 229, Centro, authentic Irish bar, Irish owned with real cans of Guinness imported from Dublin
  • Paris Bar, student club in Nueva Córdoba, with club floor and live music
  • Los Infernales de Güemes, Belgrano 631, each table got a chance to sing or play for the whole bar's pleasure!
  • X bar, wide range of cocktails and a wide range of prices too, good music and great vibe, Av Marcelo T. de Alvear 362
  • Santa Lupita, Mexican style bar, good vibe, music, and one of the best cocktail bars in the city. Belgrano 891.
  • Dada Mini, cool bar with a great menu, often there are live performances. Achaval Rodriguez 250.
  • 990 Arte Club, Bv. Los Andes, alternative club with live music, at the Abasto, rock, reggae and sometimes theater. One of the centres of Córdoba's "hippie" culture.
  • Maldito LunesDámaso Larrañaga 83, Nueva Córdoba. gay-friendly bar/pub in Nueva Córdoba with shows, one of the few good places for Monday nights
  • Jamaica, Montevideo / Figueroa Alcorta (centre), bar with rock and reggae music
  • Eiffel Resto Bar, Barrio Nueva Córdoba, Transito Cáceres 518, Drink, Pizzas and "Lomitos" A beef sandwich (delicious!)
  • Beep Pub, Sucre near Av. Colón, gay afterhours bar with shows
  • Casa BabylonBv. Las Heras 34 (Ex Abasto). alternative club with live music of local and national bands of all musical genres. Sometimes electronic music events.
  • La Barra Boliche, Lima / Alvear (Centro), big mainstream club with three floors (pop / cuarteto / electronic)
  • Palm Beach, Bv. Las Heras (Ex Abasto), Cuarteto and rock club, only open if there is a live band
  • Refugio Guernica, Av. Tillard, rock club, frequent local and national live bands.
  • Zen, Av. Fuerza Aérea near Cañada, big gay-lesbian disco with two floors, now very much the "in" place
  • Dublin, Bv. Chacabuco Ecke San Lorenzo, Irish Pub with some traditional Irish food and beer
  • Johnny B. Good, Rafael Nuñez, another at Yrigoyen, expensive after-office and cocktail bar with live rock and electronic music
  • Cocina de CulturasAv. Julio A. Roca, Barrio Bella Vista. Large bar and cultural center with live music, mostly folklore and Latin American music.
  • But Mitre. Marcelo T. de Alvear (Güemes), big, expensive club with very "chic" visitors
  • Carreras, Av. del Piamonte S/N (Zona Chateau), techno-house club with expensive drinks
  • El Colono, Av. del Piamonte S/N (Zona Chateau), cuarteto and mainstream music
  • Piaf, Barrio San Martin, one of the best-known gay club in Córdoba (now relocated)

Things to know

Tourist information at airport, bus terminal, and in the Cabildo building. Some other provinces, like Tierra del Fuego, Salta and La Rioja have tourist information offices in the city, they are called "casas de provincia".

Local newspapers are La Voz del Interior, the best, cheaper ones are La Mañana de Córdoba, Día a Día and Reporte 15. Information about the economy can be found inComercio y Justicia.

Local magazines include Orillas (politics), Aquí (general information), Ocio Urbano(culture and events), Las Rosas (scene/boulevard magazine of the Cerro de las Rosas, expensive and poor), and Punto a Punto (economy).

Safety in Cordoba

Stay Safe


The city is considered safer than Buenos Aires and Rosario, but it's not free of crime. Beware of pick pocketing on the local buses, above all when they are crowded (as they normally are). The avenidas of the Centro and Nueva Córdoba areas are normally safe around the clock, except the area near the Río Suquía from Monday to Thursday (at weekends there is much night-life there and it's safer). There are some dangerous districts and suburbs, but they have no tourist attractions, they often are situated near the outer ring-road (Avenida Circunvalación).

There are no special health risks, apart from homeless dogs in the suburbs that ocasionally bite, and some spider and scorpion species which can be dangerous for small children and elderly people. In some areas, particularly in the South-East and in the eastern Río Suquía area water and air are polluted, which is a great danger for the people who live there, but this districts are normally outside of tourist's itineraries.

There are many hospitals. Two of the best of the private ones are the Hospital Privado in the south-west of the city, and the Sanatorio Allende in Nueva Córdoba (Obispo Oro and Buenos Aires) and the Cerro de las Rosas. If you don't have medical security, you will be attended at the public hospitals, above all theHospital de Urgencias for emergencies in the city centre, at no cost, but if you can you should donate some money because there is sometimes lack of medicines and other elements. South-east of the new bus terminal there is a public hospital hub (the Polo Sanitario) where you normally will find specialists for every disease or health problem.

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