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Córdoba (Argentina)

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Introduction

Monument, Plaza San Martin, Cordoba

Monument, Plaza San Martin, Cordoba

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Córdoba is the capital of the Argentine province with the same name. Although it is the second-largest city in the country, it has a distinctly small-town feel to it. Córdoba is mainly known for its university; for tourists, the city is primarily worth a visit because of its pleasant centre, good restaurants, excellent nightlife and beautiful surroundings.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Downtown / Centro
  • Nueva Córdoba
  • Alta Córdoba
  • General Paz
  • Cerro de las Rosas

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Sights and Activities

The main sight associated with Córdoba are the Sierras Chicas, a range of hills/mountains close to the city. It is an excellent spot for hikes if you find the Andes a tad too challenging.

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Events and Festivals

  • Festival de Doma Y Folclore de Jesús María
  • Festival Nacional de Folclore - Cosquín

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Weather

The weather is quite pleasant year-round. Summers can be hot though, lasting from December to February. Temperatures can rise up to 40 °C or more during the day, though usually it is more bearable with around 30 °C on average. Nights are pleasantly warm with 15 to 18 °C. Winters last from June to September with temperatures around 15 to 20 °C during the day and between 5 and 10 °C at night. Occasional frost and even a flock of snow are not unheard of.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max29.3 °C28.5 °C26.6 °C24.2 °C20.9 °C17.9 °C17.5 °C20.2 °C21.8 °C25.8 °C27.1 °C28.6 °C
Avg Min17.4 °C16.7 °C15 °C11.7 °C8.1 °C4.6 °C4 °C6 °C7.8 °C11.8 °C14.6 °C16.9 °C
Rainfall167.7 mm111.8 mm108.9 mm56.2 mm19 mm3.5 mm24.8 mm10.3 mm32.3 mm80.1 mm107.7 mm147.7 mm
Rain Days1211117423347912

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Getting There

By Plane

Taravella international airport (International code: COR) offers multiple connections to principal cities in Argentina, southern Brazil and Chile. Note that most flights to Buenos Aires call at Aeroparque, and not Ezeiza. The transfer between both airports takes about an hour in medium traffic.

By Train

Until the 1980s Córdoba was an important railway center with many connections. Today, the only long-distance line left with passenger services is the railway to Buenos Aires, via Villa María and Rosario, two times a week. The train is very cheap in comparison to buses and has a pullman section and sleepers, but the journey is about 5 hours longer because of the deteriorated rails. Fortunately, in 2015 the worst part of the railroad was renovated. Also, in the holiday season you must reserve well in advance as the demand is high. Reservations are only possible at the train stations and you must show your passport or ID card when buying the tickets. There is also a local train to Villa María, three times a week.

The main train station Estación Mitre is near the omnibus terminal, on Boulevard Perón, another one in the neighborhood of Barrio Ferreyra (about 12 kilometres southeast of the city centre). Another train station is Alta Córdoba about 1 km north of the Suquía River in Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera street. From there, there are 2-3 local trains per day to Cosquín via La Calera and the San Roque dam (very beautiful journey, but slow).

By Car

The city is connected with most larger towns by good asphalted routes. A motorway links Cordoba to Rosario and from there, to the Buenos Aires - Santa Fe motorway. Another motorway links Córdoba with Carlos Paz, another dual-carriageway goes to Alta Gracia. As of 2015, there are dual-carriageway highways being built to Santa Fe, Río Cuarto in the south of the province on the way to Patagonia, and Villa del Totoral on the way to Tucumán and the North-West.

By Bus

Córdoba is situated at the crossing of a number of national roads, and as such can be easily reached overland from all directions. Various companies offer direct service to and from Salta/Tucuman, Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Bariloche, among others. From Buenos Aires, the trip to Córdoba takes a little over seven hours.

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Getting Around

By Car

Yellow taxis and green remises, similar to taxis but with a different fare system, are a comfortable way of getting around, with prices starting from around $25 for a 15-block ride. Under the rules, yellow taxis may be hailed for pick up on the street but green remises are dedicated to pickup up from a particular location after receiving a telephone request. But these rules are loose and you may often successfully hail a green remis on the street. Taxi drivers are very sensitive about their cars. When exiting please close the door slowly, and remember to try and keep your feet planted to the ground. Also, there are no seatbelts in most taxis. Generally speaking, taxis and remises are safe; but it may be even safer to call a taxi or remis by phone in some situations, e.g. when travelling to the airport.

By Public Transport

Urban bus lines: Since the abolition of the tramway in the 1960s, public transport is limited to buses. They are cheap by international standards, but often very crowded. The lines are divided in corridors, each of them is associated with a color and a number: Rojo (Red, corridors 3 and 8), Naranja (Orange, corridors 1 and 6), Azul (Blue, corridors 2 and 7 (but buses are red and yellow, for now!), Amarillo (Yellow, corridors 4 and 5). The bus line number is a combination of the corridor number and the line's number, e.g. 40 or 51. A few lines have different routes, but this is much less an orientation problem than in Buenos Aires.

There are trolleybuses (A, B, and C) and two circular lines (500-501 and 600-601). Also, there are some neighborhood lines (barriales) which cost less than the regular fare.

Fares: The urban buses of Córdoba use exclusively the so-called Red Bus electronic ticket system. You need a bus card, which can be bought at official points of sale (green/blue posts) in the city center, at some kiosks (look for the Red Bus sign), at the omnibus terminal and at the airport. The old bus coins (cospeles) are not accepted anymore. Drivers will frequently refuse to accept pesos, but you can also ask other passengers if they'll lend you their card. Most buses will charge $8,25 as of early 2016. The buses of the lines 500-501 and 600-601, which go around in the outskirts rounding the city, will charge 15% more. If you combine two different lines from different colors with a no more than 60 minutes' wait, you will pay only about $1,80 for the second bus, and it's free to combine between different lines of the same corridor, if they go in the same direction (so normally you cannot return to your starting point without having to purchase another ticket). There are no weekly or monthly flat-fares.

There are also interurbanos which serve the suburbs of the city. They charge accordingly to the distance to the terminal, prices vary from about $15 to La Calera up to $40 to the peripheral suburbs of Villa Carlos Paz, Jesús María and Cosquín.

By Foot

Most of central Cordoba can easily be explored on foot.

By Bike

Traffic in the downtown area has been getting increasingly messy, and the quickest way to move around this area (if you are healthy enough for it) is definitely by bike.

Córdoba has a fairly extensive cycleway network (Red de Ciclovías) built in the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, the cycleways are poorly maintained and have large gaps, some of them also pass through run-down neighborhoods with a high crime rate and are not recommended for tourists. The most picturesque cycleway runs parallel to the Suquía River and is a good option to cross the city from east to west. Recently an inner city cycling infrastructure has been added, but it covers only a few main avenues in the Nueva Córdoba and Centro area, linking the University campus (Ciudad Universitaria) with the Patio Olmos, the bus terminal and the Government building (Centro Cìvico).

Due to bicycle theft, it's a good idea to park the bicycle at a guarded carpark, particularly in the city center. By law, all public parking garages (playa de estacionamiento) must accept bicycles, but some will refuse to do so or charge you the same price as for a motorcycle. Maipú Parking in Av. Maipú is a good option with a low price in the city centre. If you want to go shopping with your bike outside the central district, be aware that only large supermarkets and shopping malls offer (relatively) safe bicycle parking facilities.

There is no public bike-rental system in the city, although there are plans to establish one. There are only a few bicycle rental agencies in Córdoba, two of them are Córdoba Rent a Bike in San Martín 5 and Baluch Backpacker's Hostel in San Martín 338.

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Eat

Gastronomy hubs are the city centre (particularly General Paz, Illia and Colón avenues), the Cerro de las Rosas area (large restaurants, relatively high prices, often pleasant outdoor bars), Güemes (Belgrano and Alvear streets, with a mix of mid-range and upscale restaurants and bars), General Paz (with some of the most renowned restaurants) and Nueva Córdoba (mostly fast food). In the main avenues of the outskirts you will find some good places to eat, too.

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Drink

Nueva Córdoba and Cerro de Las Rosas are the two biggest hotspots to go. Alta Cordoba it´s a good option too. For nightclubs and dancing until 5-6am Château Zone is the best one, Nueva offers small Clubs but with guaranteed Party.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Aldea Hostel CordobaSanta Rosa 447Hostel84
Alvear HostelAlvear 158Hostel79
Baluch Backpackers HostelSan Martin 338 CordobaHostel-
Cordoba 4 Beds HostelBalcarce 485 (entre Rondeau y Bv. A. Illia)Hostel-
Córdoba Backpackers Hostel InternacionalDeán Funes 285Hostel-
Cordoba HostelItuzaingó 1070Hostel89
Language HostelAv Colon 172 5to pisoHostel-
Hostel Joven CordobaTablada 414 CentroHostel73
Hostel Que OndaAlvear 396 esq CatamarcaHostel-
Merit Gran Hotel Victoria25 de Mayo 240Hotel-
Morada HostelHumberto Primo 532Hostel75
Palenque HostelGeneral Paz 371Hostel-
Pewman CheAyacucho 546Hostel-
Tango HostelFructuoso Rivera 70Hostel87
Turning Point HostelEntre Rios 435Hostel82
Le Grand HostelBuenos Aires 547HOSTEL80
Che Salguero Student ResidenceObispo Salguero 724HOSTEL-
San Pedro Viejo Hotel De CampoCamino Real SNHotel-
Las Heras HostelBvd. Las Heras 490Hostel-
Pachonga HostelObispo Salguero 749 Nueva CordobaHostel-
Pomelo HostelSan Martin 634Hostel-
Mediterranea HostelParana 288 Centro Nueva CordobaHOSTEL-
Babilonia HostelCalle Simon Bolivar 462Hostel82
The One HostelBv. San Juan 673Hostel-
Constanza HostalNovillo Martinez 1189Guesthouse-
Solar HostelIndependencia 229Hostel-
Link Cordoba HostelJujuy 267Hostel77
Lacandona HostelRondeau 249 - Nueva CordobaHOSTEL79
Go HostelAv. Colon 1054, Cordoba, ArgentinaHostel78
N'aike Guest HouseFRESNEL 5048 VILLA BELGRANOGuesthouse-
Into the Wild ResidenciaValparaíso 3222Hostel-
CheHostelsBv. Ilia N° 630Hostel-
Luna India HostelConcepcion Arenal 1120Hostel-
Mundo Nomade HostelBuenos Aires 768Hostel-
La Casa de la abuelaMendoza 1659 Barrio Alta CordobaGUESTHOUSE-
Che Salguero Youth HostelBalcarce 576HOSTEL55
N'aike Casa de HuespedesAgustin Frensley 5048 B Villa BelgranoGUESTHOUSE-
mate!Alvear 396HOSTEL80
Happy Happy HostelIndependencia 1077HOSTEL-
Tinku Hostel27 de Abril 928 Bº AlberdiHOSTEL-
Viajeros del Mundo HostelCaseros 1090HOSTEL-
Rupestre HostelObispo Oro 242 Nueva CordobaHOSTEL84
Ochoa Host FamilyCerro de las Rosas CordobaGUESTHOUSE-
Catre Diem - Hostel CulturalMarcelo T. De Alvear 575HOSTEL-
Home Abroad9 de julio 517 ( entre Jujuy y Marcelo T de AlvearGUESTHOUSE-
Yiliana HostelBv. Quinta Santa Ana 39HOSTEL-
Gran Rex HotelAv Vélez Sarsfield 601, 5000 CórdobaHOTEL-
Malibu HostelIndependencia 918 Barrio Nueva CordobaHOSTEL-
Mundo Mestizo Hostel CórdobaBv. Las Heras 326HOSTEL-
Los Ancares ResortCalle Publica, sin numero Comuna de San LorenzoHOTEL-
Lemmy Hostel BoutiqueSimón Bolívar 365Hostel-
Gaiadhon HostelBuenos Aires 768, C/p 5000,HOSTEL-
Cordoba te AlojaItuzaingo 460HOSTEL-
Muzike HostelArturo M. Bas 72HOSTEL-

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Work

Córdoba has now a comparatively low unemployment rate (9%), but wages are considerably lower than in Buenos Aires (but also the prices).

With English and Spanish knowledge you can work in many sectors, like gastronomy, tourism, or telemarketing (best chance for a part-time job).

The city actually has a fast-growing software industry and there is a lack of qualified personnel. So if you are a software engineer you have good chances of finding a relatively well paid job in Córdoba.

If you want to work, you should get your work permit in your home country, although it's also possible to get it in the local Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (migration office), at Caseros / Ayacucho, if you come from a country with a visa-free agreement with Argentina.

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Learn

There are many public and private universities, which are open to foreigners for studies and research. The largest is the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, with 120.000 students, particularly good in technology, medicine and architecture.

Many organizations will give you a Spanish course, the cheapest are the ones of the local university, but they are at least for a year. Intensive courses from private institutions can be very expensive, up to US$ 1000 for three weeks, though lower cost options do exist.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.

You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.

Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.

Post

Correo Argentino is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correo Argentino will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correo Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -31.405254
  • Longitude: -64.180389

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  • lovelylau

    I've come to Cordoba as a tourist 100 times, and now I live here!! ..this is one of the best places in the world! ..it's a town of argentinian and foreign students. So much youth means a lot of parties and fun! Also, there're lovely places of nature to relax.. it has it all!

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