Cordoba is one of the oldest settlements in the south of the American Continent and is known as “La Docta” (The Learned City), because it was the first city in the country to have its own university.
The settlement of Jesuits in the Cordobian capital left an extensive architectural, cultural and religious heritage. This colonial splendor can be enjoyed in the museums, churches and public buildings in the downtown area.
Starting from Plaza San Martín, one can travel on a simple circuit that will allow one to visit the most outstanding spots: the “Cabildo” (old Town Hall), the Cathedral, the “Templo de la Compañía de Jesus” (Temple of the Company of Jesus), the “Colegio de Monserrat” (Monserrat School), the “Manzana Jesuítica” (Jesuit Square), the “Cañada” (floodwater containment canal), the “Iglesia de las Carmelitas Descalzas”, the “Basílica Santo Domingo”, the “Iglesia de los Capuchinos” (Capuchin Monks´ Church) and the “Museo de Arte Emilio Caraffa” (“Emilio Caraffa” Arts Museum), ending the walk in Parque Sarmiento (Sarmiento Park) and the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Cordoba National University).
However, along with this historical city, there is a modern and lively parallel Cordoba with shopping and commercial centers, and an ample offer of cultural and recreational activities. Nightlife has a special flavor, with a large number of bars, pubs and discos, for all ages and tastes.
Today, there are 5 universities and about 150.000 students which makes it an ideal place to study Spanish in Argentina.
A few kilometers away from the city, one can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cordoba Hills, and the bounty of nature in its many valleys.
It is up to you to discover all that Cordoba has to offer!
VALLE DE PUNILLA
Valle de Punilla is a region of hills and valleys that embraces beautiful Cordobian cities and towns. The most famous of these is Villa Carlos Paz, in addition to La Cumbre, La Falda, Villa Giardino, Capilla del Monte, Cosquín, Los Cocos, and Tanti, amongst others.
These mountainous areas are very appropriate for hiking, climbing, horse riding and picnicking on the banks of the many streams and brooks.
VILLA CARLOS PAZ
Villa Carlos Paz is the most visited spot in this region. It is situated to the south of the Valle de Punilla and is surrounded by hills and rivers. The Lago San Roque (“San Roque” Lake) is ideal for recreational activities and water sports such as canoeing, swimming, sailing, motor-boating and windsurfing.
It is well-known for its resorts, with wide, sandy lake beaches surrounded by trees. Amongst these resorts, the most popular are San Antonio de Arredondo, Mayu Sumaj, Icho Cruz, Tala Hasi and Cuesta Blanca. In addition to these resorts, many tourists visit the Quebrada del Condorito to practice paragliding and to admire the various species of animals that live in the area, such as the famous Cóndor Andino (Andes Condor).
Villa Carlos Paz is an interesting option for people of all ages. Its night life is first class and well-known throughout the country, thanks to its many discos, theaters, cinemas, restaurants and coffee shops.
In the afternoon it is possible to ride on the chair lifts which will take you to the top of the hill that overlooks the city and the lake or on the amphibian vehicles that take you on a tour of the city and then cruise round the lake.
CAPILLA DEL MONTE
Capilla del Monte is ideal to use as a base from which tourists can go and visit all the spots close to the city. Its maximum symbol is the Cerro Uritorco Mountain, which has become both locally and internationally famous over recent years, because of the fascinating mystery indicating it as a preferred landing place for UFO´s (Unidentified Flying Objects).
The surrounding area has special spots for tourists to visit and admire the colorful, multi-shaped rocks and the crystal-clear water of its streams and rivers.
Cosquín is located right in the middle of the Valle de Punilla Valley. It has some fantastic scenery, and its climate is pleasant during the four seasons of the year. The Rio de Cosquín (Cosquín River) is the heart of the city and offers tourists well-equipped resorts with all the necessary services and infrastructure, for enjoyment of peace and quiet.
It is well-known for its artistic-cultural events, amongst which the Festival Nacional del Folklore (National Folk Music and Dance Festival) is the outstanding show of the year, and mobilizes thousands of people during nine consecutive evenings. It is a national and international emblem of native music and dancing.
VILLA GENERAL BELGRANO
Villa General Belgrano is a typical mountain village, known as the “town of merging cultures”. Most of its settlers belong to native communities or are of German, Swiss, Austrian, Italian, Hungarian or Spanish descent.
The “Villa” surprises visitors with its unique central European architectural style. The houses are built of wood, and have gabled roofs with red tiles, in a typical Alpine style.
One can enjoy walking, mountain-bike racing, cross-country motorcycling and also its very special traditional festivities. The most popular of these is the Fiesta Nacional de la Cerveza (National Bierfest) which takes place in the month of October.
Jesús María is a city of tradition where one can visit places of archeological and historical interest, in addition to taking part in open-air activities. Its main attractions are Estancia Jesuítica Jesús María (Jesus and Mary Jesuit Farm Complex), founded by the Jesuits in 1618, Posta Sinsacate (Sinsacate Stagecoach Post), or a visit to several nearby “Estancias” (Ranches), where it one may combine rural activities with ecological tourism.
Well-known for hosting the Fiesta Nacional de la Doma y el Folclore (National Horse-breaking and Folk Music Festival), Jesús María combines “gaucho” history and traditions, with music shows of international prestige.