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Thursday, March 30, 2006

A trip around Cordoba

Map of CordobaThe province of Cordoba lies on the center of Argentina. It has two different areas: a plain (llanura pampeana) on the east and mountain ranges on the west (sierras pampeanas).

History: before the Spaniards arrived, the place was inhabited by diverse tribes, like the Comechingones. In 1573, Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera founded the city of Cordoba, which is the capital of the province today.

Tourism: thanks to its weather and its attractive landscapes, the province, and especially the mountain ranges ("sierras de cordoba"), have been one of the major tourist poles of Argentina. The places to visit are:

  • Cordoba Capital: with more than 1.300.000 inhabitants, it’s the second most important city in Argentina. It has a large university population, a characteristic that identifies it. Its historical center has great samples of colonial architecture.
  • Villa Carlos Paz: it’s the main tourist center of the province. Lake San Roque allows for nautical sports, windsurf, and canotaje. It has a service of catamarans also. The beautiful landscapes of the mountain ranges invite to activities like mountain bike, trekking, rappel, cavalcades, and fishing. Night life is very important, and it’s reflected in the discos, restaurants, cinemas, and the casino.
  • Cosquín: every year hosts the national folklore festival, which summons great Argentine artists and thousands of tourists.
  • La Falda: this city at the "valle de punilla" offers contact with nature, mountain climate and adventure.

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