Cordoba- the second city
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Cordoba, second city of Argentina and a little off the tourist trail. Which is a shame as although I have only arrived I like the place. For a start you have some great colonial buildings in the city and surrounding areas. I went to the main square and went on a great guided tour for only 8 pesos (English tours at 6pm only) at the Museo Historico de la Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. This not only includes a tour of the amazing Manzana Jesuitica (Jesuit Block) built entirely of wood over 400 years ago, despite the fact that the wood came from the missions over 1000km away! Also included is a peek at the library, which is by tour only, which includes many rare books hundreds of years old and a look at the university debating chamber, where in past times in order to complete your doctorate you were exposed to 3 days of questions on your thesis! How times of changed.
You can look around the Jesuit Block on your own, but the guided tour is well worth it. There are other guided tours in Spanish only as well.
In the evening I had dinner at the excellent La Nieta e La Pancha, 1920 Belgrano, where you get excellent argentine food inc starters for 10 pesos and mains for 20 to 30 pesos. I got to the restaurant by taxi. The driver looked like Uncle Festa out of the Adams Family and had a strange cackling laugh. It all added to the experience!
Prices here seem much cheaper than other places I have visited in Argentina and the people are friendly as well. The Hotel de la Canada is an excellent hotel, a 4 star hotel in a very good location for 150 pesos a night.
For night life since this city has so many universities it has a very student feel to the nightlife, which is pretty cool. However, things do not get buzzing till about 11 or 12pm. Calle Rondeau has lots of great bars, the street is just off Pte. Arturo Illia, 5 blocks from Patio Olmos, where the shopping centre is. A corona beer costs about 6 or 7 pesos.