Buenos Aires & Córdoba are both fantastic destinations, a short drive away from the international Airport. It combines latin passion, Spanish and Italian traditions and a French and British architecture. All in one. The city has much to offer. From kayaking in the Paraná Delta to having a Tango Lesson in Sant Telmo quarter. You may dine at some of the finest restaurants of the world or visit the most beautiful buildings. Such as Teatro Colón or the Ateneo Bookstore. Also drive away to the country side where you may engage into polo lessons, see gaucho’s skills and sleep siestas. Before leaving the city it is mandatory to visit a Milonga. This are clubs where true amateur Argentinians get together to dance Tango.
As you get away from Buenos Aires everything gets calmer, less fancy but not less passionate or intriguing. Argentinians are the result of the synergy of Buenos Aires and the Pampas. A fusion between the cosmopolitan capital and the hard working country side. To the north we can drive right into the jungle, gauchos and waterfall lands. And to the south we still have plenty to cover before getting to Patagonia, about 1500km away.
As you drive on the coast, medium to small cities present the coastal life of Argentinians. Below the latitude of South Africa, the Atlantic Ocean presents itself, good for fishing and not so great for surfing. To many locals this represents their most common visit to the beach due to proximity and costs.
If you drive west of the City you get to the heart of Buenos Aires Province. Horses breeding (hence Polo), cattle ranches and crops, slow life and hard working life represented in small towns. These are spread and connected by paved roads that bring all of their production to the port city, Buenos Aires.
If you keep going west you finally arrive to Cordoba, 600km away from the city as you leave the Pampas and enter the Central Sierras, the landscape starts to undulate and green hills appear everywhere, with many rivers, lakes, and small towns. Cordoba also has the second most populated, university city of Argentina, and historically this is where the first university of the country was founded by the Jesuit order, so much history is there to be seen on the other side of the hills. 5 Unesco Sites are proof of this.
The hippie towns of San Marcos Sierras, Calamuchita and Capilla del Monte give a glimpse into alternative lifestyles in South America. Further southwest, the Sierras Puntanas and San Luis offer a chance to get away from the beaten path and into the heart of the countryside. If nature is what you may seek but can’t get to far driving, this regions has also 5 varied national parks.
As all of Argentina, and most of South America, the summer months are the warmest months, and include the longest days, ideal for long drives, long hikes and spending time outdoors, be it at an estancia, a picnic by the river or even looking at the stars and searching for the Southern Cross. Average temperatures in Cordoba vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 51st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide.
As usual we also recommend shoulder season months if you wish to avoid crowds. Highest season in Cordoba goes from mid December to mid February and Easter weekend.
September and March include the most fantastic bloom and fall foliage colors that can be of high value for photo maniacs. The roads are good and well sign-posted, and getting off the beaten track it easy, but staying on it is just as good.
A road trip to the Cordoba Sierras can take one long weekend, one week, two weeks or even extend it towards the Andes and connect it with Mendoza and the Central Andes. Same goes with the South and Patagonia, the North and the Jungle and Falls region. We have several itineraries set up for Buenos Aires, Cordoba and the Central Sierras but are open to adjust, accommodate and tailor make together with our client a customise adventure.
For more information on Buenos Aires or Cordoba you can also visit the official Argentina Travel Board Webpage here.