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The province of Córdoba, located in central Argentina, is home to a number of popular tourist attractions. Inside the city of Córdoba, the province’s capital, tourists can choose between a number of museums. Among the most notable is the Ferreyra Palace, a Fine Arts Muesum dedicated to Eva Perón, and also referred to as the Museo Superior de Bellas Artes Eva Duarte de Perón. The Luis de Tejeda Religious Art museum is also a popular site.
There are many popular parks in the city of Córdoba where tourists can join locals in enjoying the scenery and, perhaps, sipping on a cup of yerba mate. Sarmiento Park features a large lake, and large circular island surrounded by a mote. Paddleboats are available for rent on the lake, and a Zoological Garden is located nearby.
Festivals and artisan fairs are held throughout the city all through the week. Popularly visited monuments and plazas within Córdoba city include the Plaza San Martín, located in the center of the city, and the colonial era government building known as the Cabildo.
A common feature that one might notice of many colonial age buildings around the city is that the sidewalks surrounding them are tiled in the design that looks like a reflection of the building above. The tiles on the ground outside feature the distinguishing lines of the nearby structure, sometimes situated at an angle as though they are reflected from an off-centered light source.
Tourists can leave the city of Córdoba and travel to Alta Gracia, a city perhaps most noted for being the childhood home of Latin American cultural figure Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, commonly known as Che Guevara. His childhood home in this city has been turned into a museum called Museo Casa Ernesto Che Guevara.
Visitors can pass through the rooms of the small home to see memorabilia items from Guevara’s childhood and photos of Guevara hanging on the walls. The home’s tiny apart garage has been transformed into a mini-theater where visitors can watch documentary movies about Guevara’s life.
Also in Alta Gracia is the Museo de la Estancia Jesuitica de Alta Gracia. The building is a 17th century ancient Jesuit compound, which was later used as a residence by Reconquista hero Viceroy Don Santiago de Liniers.
Further outside the capital of Córdoba is the tiny city of Villa General Belgrano, known for its German influenced culture and buildings. The town is home to a number of German beer pubs, and boasts a popular annual Oktoberfest celebration.
Córdoba is reputed for the many lakes and rivers scattered throughout the province. The largest of the lakes is known as Laguna Mar Chiquita, meaning “lake little sea.” Many of the provinces highways skirt these scenic lakes, including Ruta 5, which travelers can follow from Córdoba city, through Alta Gracia, and on to Villa General Belgrano.
Along the section of the route skirting the lake Embalse Los Molinos, travelers can stop for photo taking and have a snack or shop for souvenirs as they travel along the winding mountain road. Numerous rest stops offer these services, and some rest stops even have restaurants that boast incredible views of the lake below.
I'm from Germany but I've lived in cordoba for three years. I recommend this city. It is a good place to learn spanish. It is the 2nd city of Argentina, with beautiful landscapes on the countryside, very calm,
very safe, with good people and regional meals, especially the "Asado" (barbecue)!
Here, there are a lot of museums and historical buildings -- a legacy from the presence of Spanish conquerors.
And of course, gorgeous brunette girls and night life. --Ivan
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