With a strong Spanish colonial and Jesuit influence permeating much of its social and architectural background, Cordoba is not only Argentina's 2nd largest city, but one of its most fascinating as well. A cultural tour here will reveal, yes, such well known landmarks as the historic Jesuit Square and Plaza San Martin, but also more esoteric locations, including the childhood home of Che Guevara just outside the city center in Alta Gracia. This also happens to be the heart of Argentina's academic world, with its profusion of universities making for a young, learned and often rowdy (late nights, that is) student population. Lucky you.
So what does a visit to Cordoba mean for your traveling soul? Well, it means the opportunity to explore art museums like Emilio Caraffa, to walk along historic European-styled streets and plazas, to enjoy a healthy range of traditional and international cuisines and, come nightfall, to dance with the city's beautiful party goers until 10 am along Av. del Piamonte. Once you've had your fill of urban living, however, it's time to set your sights a little further out on the city's incredible natural surroundings, which are too often bypassed in favor of other, more popular Argentinean landscapes.
Here, amongst the rugged hills, valleys and mountain ranges that compose Cordoba Province, one can experience central Argentina at its most beautiful. Bike, hike, climb, get out on horseback - the adventure options may not be on the same scale as, say, Aconcagua, but they're certainly in abundance. And between hot spots like Los Gigantes Mountains and Los Terrones Park, there's no shortage of brush, rock and sky available to keep both your body and your camera well exercised. All this understated natural splendor is a pretty seamless counterpart to this young yet richly rooted city, and helps make Cordoba a particularly well rounded travel destination.