Sitting on the southern part of the American continent is the large country of Argentina. It’s a masterpiece of creation, possessing some of the most awe-inspiring sites in the world. Its terrain transforms from a jungle in the northeast to mountains at the Andes in the west to desert at the Cuyo region. Nature converges in Argentina bringing with it an abundance of plant and animal life to the different regions of the country. It’s also a country where one day could be steeped in sweltering heat while the next day descends into a bone-rattling chill. To say this is an exciting country would be an understatement.
Argentina is a bucket list destination bound to entrance visitors with its beauty. Tucked away in the center of Argentina is the City of Cordoba. This town sits at the foot of the Sierras Chicas hills and is nourished by the Suquia River. A fantastic place to visit, Cordoba will keep you busy with a host of things to do. Here’s a list of the best activities to indulge in.
1. Visit Sarmiento Park
A lush space, the Sarmiento Park is found right at the heart of Cordoba. This park was created by a French landscape artist who envisioned a heavenly destination within the city. It’s a place where you can come and unwind, spending time amongst nature at its most beautiful. The park boasts exquisite gardens that host a variety of activities in the summer. You’ll be taken aback by the beauty of the rose bushes and be entranced by the graceful water fountains. However, the main attraction here is the artificial lake that’s crowned by a bridge that runs right across it. In case you get hungry, there are restaurants within the park where you’ll get to enjoy your meal under the warm summer sun.
Address: Sarmiento s/n, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina
Website: Sarmiento Park
2. Go to the Evita Fine Arts Museum
Housed in the Ferreyra Palace, the Evita Museum of Fine Arts is a landmark that’s rich in history. The museum stands in the Nueva Cordoba neighborhood near the Sarmiento Park. Inside the museum, there are 12 exhibit halls in which numerous works are exhibited to the public. There is also a sculpture garden, a place where you’ll get to learn the history behind various sculptures. Book lovers get to indulge in the knowledge hidden inside vast collections of books at the library. The building was built between 1912 and 1916 and it narrates numerous stories. These are stories that you can only learn about when you visit.
Evita Fine Arts Museum
Address: 5000, Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen 511, X5004AHD Córdoba, Argentina
Website: Evita Fine Arts Museum
3. Enjoy a day at the Paseo del Buen Pastor
Established as a women’s prison in the early 1900s, the Paseo del Buen Pastor was renovated and redesigned in 2005 to act as a tourist attraction. It houses a variety of activities that promote the history, culture and heritage of Argentina. There is now a shopping gallery within its precincts as well as two restaurants, bars and handicraft stalls. There’s also an art gallery where different works of arts from paintings to sculptures are exhibited. Concerts are often hosted here allowing visitors to enjoy a taste of the Argentinian culture. These include puppet shows, plays, dances and book presentations. Clearly, there’s enough here to keep you occupied throughout the day.
Paseo del Buen Pastor
Address: Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen 325, Nueva Córdoba, X5000JHD Córdoba, Argentina
Website: Paseo del Buen Pastor (in Spanish)
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4. Visit the Craffa Fine Arts Museum
The Craffa Fine Arts Museum is an iconic building, remodeled in 2006 to house an art museum that exhibits contemporary art. The result was a landmark that in itself is a work of art. Its full name is the Emilio Caraffa Museum, named after a local artist. There are nine exhibit halls which display works of art by renowned local and international artists. Not forgetting the young ones, there is a space set aside for children. Here, they can take part in a variety of activities that revolve around art.
Craffa Fine Arts Museum
Address: Av. Hipólito Irigoyen 651 - Plaza España, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina
Website: Craffa Fine Arts Museum
5. Hiking in Los Gigantes
Found in the Pampa de Achala region of the Cordoba Mountains, the Los Gigantes is one adventure site you must visit. Surrounded by stunning scenery, it reveals a spectacular view of the valleys below. Aside from hiking, you can also enjoy some rock climbing or 4 by 4 off-roading if you please. Los Gigantes is also endowed with cave formations which offer a great setting for an exciting adventure. As you walk along the vistas, you’ll often spot various wildlife. Most commonly seen are the spotted lizards and condors. If you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the pumas as well.
Website: Los Gigantes
6. Historic tour of Museo Historico UNC - Manzana Jesuitica
Brimming with stories of its history, the Museo Historico will take you on a trip back in time. It’s a time when the Jesuit Missionaries inhabited Cordoba. First built in the 17th-century, the museum is the custodian of numerous books that hold a wealth of information. There’s a guided tour in which you’ll be taken through the museum and the landmarks that surround the building. These include the ancient church, monastery and the University, all of which were put up by the missionaries. With numerous activities involved, a visit to the Museo Historico will keep you engrossed the whole day.
Museo Historico UNC - Manzana Jesuitica
Address: Obispo Trejo 242, Córdoba (5000)
7. Watch a performance at the Del Libertador General San Martin Theater
This theater was commissioned in the late 1800s with the vision of building a concert hall with an eclectic Italianate theater. It now stands as a landmark in Cordoba, one that has hosted numerous performances over the years since its inauguration in 1891. This theater is a historical monument. Whether or not there’s a performance, a visit here is imperative if only to quell curiosity. With multiple halls within the theater, it has the capacity to host performances concurrently. Also, a part of it is a museum that showcases the institution’s vast history.
Del Libertador General San Martin Theater
8. Tour the Cathedral of Cordoba
This Cathedral is the oldest church in Argentina to be in continuous service. This very fact warrants a trip to see the magnificent architecture of the 1700s that took close to a century to complete. Construction of this building employed mainly the locals and is, therefore, a significant part of the heritage of Cordoba. It is one of Argentina’s national historic monuments standing in the heart of Cordoba as a landmark site. The beautiful structure is embellished with lights on its exterior and these beautifully light up at night, giving the building a majestic look.
Cathedral of Cordoba
Address: Independencia 80, 76, 72, 64, Centro, X5000IUB Córdoba, Argentina
Cordoba is a beautiful city that welcomes all its visitors. With natural spaces well preserved and historical sites taken care of, there is a host of activities here that make for a memorable trip. When exploring Argentina, a must-visit destination is Cordoba.
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