A day trip from Cordoba
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I went on a little day trip to Alta Gracia from Cordoba today. Alta Gracia is a town that is about 40km south of Cordoba, well known (at least locally) for its clean mountain air) although it is not very high up, about 500m. It only takes just under an hour to get there from the mini bus stop in town and is very cheap to get to, about 4 pesos each way, with a mini bus every 30 mins. The mini buses are hailed in town to go back to Cordoba outside the clock tower (which also doubles up as a small tourist information centre).
The town has an impressive Jesuit building, Iglesia Parraquial Nuestra Senora de la Merced,dating from the 16th Century, which is a church (closed for lunch 1pm to 3.30pm) as well as a small museum next door (2 pesos but free on Thursday).
The towns other claim to fame is that Che Guevara lived here as a child, because of his asthma, his doctor suggested the clean air would benefit him. The town has purchased the house he lived in with his family and converted it into a small but interesting museum, which includes photographs and also a replica of the motorbike he used to get around South America around before he met Fidel Castro, as made famous by the film, the motorcycle diaries. Admission is only 3 pesos. All in all including getting there and back from Cordoba this trip can be done in around 4 hours.