Córdoba and the Central Sierras
Located in the heart of Argentina, Córdoba is the country’s second most important city. Packed with colonial architecture, 17th century Jesuit Ruins, vibrant nightlife and cutting edge galleries, it blends an eclectic mix of old and new and is revered as the cultural capital of Argentina. Surrounded by spectacular mountain landscapes the region is famed for its world-class horse riding and estancia life.
Although Córdoba is possibly not on the top of most people's "must visit" list when thinking of a holiday in Argentina - it should be. There are relatively few tourists here and it feels just that little bit off the beaten track. With a temperate and year round climate and good flight connections from Buenos Aires, it makes a great addition to any Argentina holiday.
Rich in Jesuit heritage, an astonishing number of churches, chapels and convents can be found peppered around the city which were erected by the Jesuit-run University. As well as its colonial charm, Córdoba is lined with museums, art-galleries, gourmet restaurants, buzzing bars and clubs. It is famed for its nightlife and is where the upbeat Cuarteto genre of dance music was created.
Surrounding the city, rolling hills dissected by fertile valleys are dotted with little towns, several of which were founded by the Jesuits centuries ago and still show their historical roots. Visit the tranquil mountain town of Alta Gracia, marvel at the 17th-century Jesuit estancia and visit revolutionary Che Guevara’s family home-now turned museum and glimpse into his fascinating life.
The surrounding region of Córdoba is studded with many charming and authentic estancias. Staying on an estancia offers a glimpse into the essence of Argentine life and is the perfect way to experience the best horse-riding in the country. Enjoy an endless array of activities, including riding the vast gaucho lands, mountain biking, hiking, trout fishing, dove shooting, helping local gauchos in their daily work, or trying your hand at a polo game. Whatever you choose to do, there is plenty of opportunity to get under the skin of the region and discover a less explored area of Argentina.