With Argentina’s cultural (and literal) capital to the east, internationally renowned wine region to the west, and epicenter of Patagonian adventure to the south, one might easily overlook Cordoba in favor of other, more highly touted destinations. But to bypass the country’s second largest city is to deprive oneself of a wealth of fantastic inland excursions, including rugged (if not breathtakingly tall) mountain peaks, unique cave formations, a large (and slowly disappearing) saltwater lake, and a host of other intriguing adventure opportunities.
Those with a hankering for climbing and hiking will revel in Cordoba’s access to nearby mastiffs, which include nearly the entirety of the Sierras de Cordoba. Take a couple days to tackle the region’s highest mountain, Cerro Champaqui (2,790 meters), or stick a little closer to the city center and get your rock climbing fix in Los Gigantes Mountains, which also includes some incredible off-roading adventure options. And speaking of getting off the road, the valleys that make up this area of central Argentina are replete with mountain biking trails that get you out of the city and into the challenging and scenic countryside. Thanks to its moderate climate, this is a deservedly popular way to get out and experience the heart of Cordoba province no matter what time of year you visit.
You like caves? We definitely do. Subterranean wonders like El Sauce Cavern or the culturally significant cave paintings at the Cerro Colorado Reserve can certainly add a unique dimension to your Argentina itinerary, as well as more esoteric destinations like the La Gloria cave and waterfall located west of Alta Gracia. And for those who want to pair adventure with some time spent on the water, Cordoba offers a few nearby opportunities, including a few small rivers, the giant Mar Chiquita to the northeast and the man-made Lago San Roque to the west. It shouldn’t surprise you that this city, known primarily as an economic powerhouse in South America, has a wealth of natural adventures waiting to be tackled. Chances are, however, it just might.