Must See Places to Visit in Cordoba, Argentina
October 5, 2018
by Ignacio Narvaja
The Córdoba Province has a lot of places of interest, to learn about Argentinian history, to enjoy the views, to do climbing, etc.
Here are the most relevant ones, in my opinion.
1 – The San Martín Square:
It’s a green square located in the center of the Córdoba, which has a lot of Argentinian History.
A monument of José de San Martín, one of America’s liberators, is found at the Square. In the continuous blocks of it, there are two places that are as well important for the country’s history, The Cordoba Cabildo and The Cathedral.
If you would like to learn about Argentinian history, you must see this place.
2 – Cerro Colorado:
It’s a hill located in the intersection of Río Seco, Sobremonte and Tulumba, it has a natural and cultural reserve which is very attractive for tourists visiting the city.
The name of this locality was given by the faint red color of the hills.
You must see the expositions of cave paintings and for the fairs that are placed there.
3 – Villa General Belgrano:
It’s located in the Calamuchita department, surrounded by mountain chains.
It is a little city with Germanic-typical architecture, merged from its firsts conquerors: German immigrants (that made Villa General Belgrano the biggest German colony all around Argentina), Swiss, Italians, and Austrians.
You must see the German typical beer and restaurants around the place.
4 – Paseo del Buen Pastor:
It’s a cultural, recreative, and commercial center located in the heart of the Nueva Cordoba Square.
It’s one of the nicest places that Córdoba has, because of its numerous cultural and touristic events.
It has a commercial gallery and a fountain of “dancing waters” that due to the music and lighting system is very fun for tourists to see.
You must see the events and fairs held on there.
5 – Villa Carlos Paz:
It’s the most important touristic center of Córdoba, it’s located in the northwest of it, being part of the Valle de Punilla, next to the San Roque Dam.
Some of the best things to see in Villa Carlos Paz are:
In the centre of Villa Carlos Paz City, there’s a giant cuckoo clock of wood.
Rally (car race competition).
Some of the best things to do in Villa Carlos Paz are:
The chairlift’s very popular at Villa Carlos Paz City because of the great views that someone getting on them is able to see.
Some late night casinos, discos and restaurants are very attractive for tourists.
You must see the countless things to do in Villa Carlos Paz.
6 – Mina Clavero:
It’s a town belonging to the San Alberto Department.
It possesses natural landscapes, beaches, and late nightlife.
A few kilometers away from the town it is possible to practice sports such as climbing and mountain biking, and also to do fishing in crystalline streams that cross the mountains.
You must see Mina Clavero’s topography of the terrain, it’s a good scenario to do trekking, horseback riding, excursions in quads and 4×4 travellings.
7 – The Rocsen Museum
It’s a multifaceted museum located in Nono (Córdoba)
The name “Rocsen” means “Roca Santa”, it proceeds of the Latin etymologies “rocca” and “saccer”, merged by the Celtic language.
The museum saloons are placed alphabetically, but these are not so ordered in the indoors of the building.
You must see the +50,000 pieces that the museum has currently, from different regions of the world.
8 – Los Gigantes:
It’s a mountainous system that is located in the central-west region of Córdoba.
It was a rock mass, according to geologic research, it was formed in the Precambrian Era.
You must see Los Gigantes, it’s a good place to practice climbing, trekking, and to take rides.
9 – The Sarmiento Park
It’s a landscaped green space, the biggest in Córdoba, it’s found in the center of the city.
Its name was given in honor of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, an Argentina ex-president.
You must see the Sarmiento Park, it has big zones to practice sports, to do a picnic, etc.
10 – Jesuit Block and Estancias of Cordoba:
The Jesuit Block is located in the center of Córdoba, and it has been declared World Heritage by the Unesco in 2000.
It includes The Domestic Church, The Secondary School Monserrat, The Jesuit Church, The Old Campus of the National University of Cordoba and a Residence.
The Jesuit Block had a lot of protagonism in the creation and history of the UNC (Córdoba Nacional University), one of the oldest in South America.
It’s considered the 5th artificial wonder of Córdoba.
To maintain these buildings, the Jesuits operated six Estancias (Residences) around the Province of Córdoba. Each Estancia has its own church and set of buildings.
These Estancias were named: Caroya, Jesús María, Santa Catalina, Alta Gracia, Candelaria, and San Ignacio.
If you would like to learn about the influence that the Jesuits had in Argentina, you must see this place, the Jesuit Block would be perfect for you.
11 – Cueva de Los Pajaritos:
Cueva de los Pajaritos is a beautiful and virgin mountain landscape, found in Valle de Punilla in the Cordoba Province.
It’s a place for nesting and rest for the singular native birds denominated Chirrios (A derivation of Apus apus)
It was distinguished as 7th Natural Wonder of Córdoba.
You must see the Cueva de Los Pajaritos, you can enjoy the nature of Córdoba.
12 – San Roque Lake:
It’s a reservoir (artificial lake) in Córdoba. It was created by the damming of several rivers, especially the Suquía and Cosquín. It is located next to the city of Villa Carlos Paz.
It is a concrete structure, Gravity type (its height is bigger than its base and it sits on the walls).
You must see the San Roque Dam photos. There are some very nice views of the lake and the highway next to the bridge.
13 – Uritorco:
It’s a mountain (Cerro) and the highest peak of the Sierras Chicas chain in the northwest of Córdoba. It is located next to the Calabalumba River, three km away from the center of the city of Capilla del Monte.
The name Uritu urqu means “Male Hill” in Santiago del Estero Quichua, which is, however, not the aboriginal Comechingón language.
Uritorco is under private administration and can be accessed by the public by paying a small fee.
If you’re interested in Aliens, you must see Uritorco, it is rumored that Ovnis have been seen there.
14 – Champaquí:
It is a mountain located in western Córdoba. It is the highest peak in the province.
This mountain presents fairly steep slopes to the west, with the eastern slopes being the softest. Its surroundings constitute the Champaquí Natural Monument.
If you would like to practice climbing, you must see Champaquí, because it has a height of 2884 meters above the sea level.
15 – The Emilio Caraffa Provincial Fine Arts Museum:
The Emilio Caraffa Provincial Fine Arts Museum is an art museum in Córdoba.
The building where it currently operates has around 1,500 m² and 450m of linear exhibition spaces distributed in 9 rooms.
Inside, temporary exhibitions of artists from Córdoba and Argentina are shown. As an artistic archive, its function is to take care of the collection, preservation, study, promotion and dissemination of the visual arts in Córdoba.
You must see The Emilio Caraffa Provincial Fine Arts Museum to appreciate the art of Argentina/Córdoba.