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Cordoba

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A little Cordoba information:

Córdoba, considered Argentina´s cultural capital and home to most of it´s universities is a bustling city. It´s central location between the mountains, rivers and only about 700 km from Buenos Aires create an interesting city dynamic.

It was one of the first Spanish capitals and home to large Jesuit communities. The Jesuit Block (Manzana Jesuítica), a UNESCO site has buildings from the 17th century. A university is housed in these beautiful colonial buildings in the center of the city.

The city center is very busy with loads of banks, including CitiBank, and a few other US based banks; a variety of restaurants, endless boutiques, cafes, pedestrian streets, San Martin square, Jesuit Block (UNESCO site), museums, parks, etc.

The National University of Cordoba, "Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC)", is the oldest university in Argentina and second oldest in the Americas, founded in 1613 by the Jesuit order. It is the second largest university in the country, the other being University of Buenos Aires.

Judith and I are staying in "Nueva Cordoba" where large fancy shopping malls are located in addition to clubs, restaurants, supermarkets and a large university population. We are staying at a Hosteling International (HI) called Cordoba Hostel. It´s nice, with a great kitchen and wonderful location.

Nearby-

  • Alta Gracia, where I hope to visit tomorrow is located north of Cordoba, meaning High Grace. During the 1600s Alta Gracia was an estancia operated by the Jesuits (from Spain). Alta was a large farm that was intended to provide the agricultural needs of nearby universities. This was also home to Ernesto "Che" Guevara, an Argentine revolutionary during his adolescent years.....

See pics here, I cant upload more here as i´ve reached my limit for the month.
http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2499050&l=a127d&id=6854699

Lots of love
meg

Posted by meepatte 17:54 Archived in Argentina Tagged backpacking

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