Argentina does not start or end in Buenos Aires. In a country with such a large extension, there are numerous tourist options that hide beyond the capital. Whether it’s the Iguazu Falls to the north, flirting with the South Pole in Ushuaia or sun and beach tourism in Mar del Plata, the options are more than numerous.
And in this list of essentials a region emerges with its own name: Córdoba. Nature, culture, gastronomy or history shake hands 700 kilometers from Buenos Aires. We propose six plans to thoroughly squeeze this thriving area of South America.
An apple heritage of humanity
Become the epicenter of the evangelizing mission of the Jesuits, Córdoba still houses a good number of buildings built at the beginning of the 17th century that, over the years, have become a mandatory stop. The so-called ‘Jesuit apple’ houses the Domestic Chapel, the National College of Montserrat, the church of the Society of Jesus, the former headquarters of the National University of Córdoba and the Residence.
All these buildings, a must to see first hand what the city looked like more than three centuries ago, are located in the same pedestrian block in the center of Córdoba.
The Papagayo: narrow but delicious
The Papagayo has the honor of being the narrowest restaurant in the entire country. Its dining room is 36 meters long and 2.30 wide, which makes it difficult to eat diners and waiters. The measures have their explanation: the premises are located in an old corridor that the service used in stately homes built in the second half of the 19th century.
But in addition to its disposition, the Papagayo is also known for its avant-garde cuisine, by the hand of chef Javier Rodríguez. The menu changes periodically and has two menus, one in six steps and one in nine. With only three or four ingredients the chef is able to turn a dish into art.
Los Gigantes that will leave you speechless
Los Gigantes is a group of hills that are located in the Punilla Valley, 82 kilometers from Córdoba by car. With 2,374 meters high, its geological formation is one of the oldest in the country, 600 million years.
The massif has become known for offering hiking trails that allow you to stumble across a wide variety of landscapes, valleys, underground rivers, waterfalls, caves… Of course, the ride is not free and must be booked in advance. The offer of activities and its proximity to the city have made it an essential visit.
A must stop to eat
Argentina is famous for its devotion to meat. And Córdoba is known for cooking it with special care. The kid is the typical dish of the area, cooked in the oven or on the grill, and can be tested individually or as part of a complete barbecue.
The offer to taste it is practically unbeatable. La Parrilla is one of the most renowned places; Miguel’s thing stands out for being a neighborhood grill; Los Cabritos can boast 40 years of experience; Las Pircas has a unique tasting menu seasoned with a secret sauce… And if you dare to make an excursion, you can try your luck in Pueblo Mío, located in the town of Carlos Paz.
Visit the Cumbrecita in autumn
It is about 1,400 meters high and offers spectacular postcard-worthy views, especially when summer dies and winter approaches. La Cumbrecita was founded in 1935 when a German emigrant decided to settle in an unpopulated area to which, little by little, acquaintances and visitors were added.
Today turned into a tourist attraction for the beauty of its surroundings, La Cumbrecita is a magnificent place from which to enjoy hiking or fishing in a small town that, due to its architecture, will remind you at times of some alpine landscape.
An old road turned into a museum
To the north of the province of Córdoba, the so-called Royal Road to Upper Peru was responsible for joining the Viceroyalty of La Plata and Upper Peru during the colonial stage. Become the main route of communication, transport, and commerce between both points, its mark is still felt in the buildings that are preserved after so many years.
The itinerary extends along 176 kilometers, from Colonia Caroya to the border of the province of Santiago del Estero, where landscapes, built heritage, local traditions and different ways of life come together. All this, following a cultural itinerary proposed by UNESCO.