Córdoba, Argentina’s Second City

From Mendoza in early May I took my most comfortable South American bus ride yet, a nine hour overnight Andesmar “suite 1st class” bus to Córdoba. Córdoba is Argentina’s second largest city (behind Buenos Aires) and with world heritage listed 17th century architecture it has something for tourists.

Santi, who I’d met in Santiago, kindly showed me around the centre, pointing out interesting places. Importantly, Santi also recommended places to eat typical local food including lomito, a South American steak sandwich and locro, Córdoban stew.

Córdoba, Argentina

Lighting features at one of Córdoba’s entertainment areas

Córdoba, Argentina

Córdoba’s ornamental Bicentennial Lighthouse illuminated at night

Córdoba, Argentina

Locro, a meat and bean stew

Córdoba, Argentina

Street dogs entertaining themselves inside Córdoba’s bus station during a rain shower

Córdoba, Argentina

The ‘Forgiveness’ water fountain at a major Cordoba intersection

Córdoba, Argentina

Enjoying tapas and beers with Santi, Maria and Noi

Near my hostel I came across Harapos, Casa de Amigos on Calle Montevideo, 465. At Harapos they make almost everything in house including their bread. My highlight was their awesome chocolate and dulce de leche mousse with cream.

Córdoba, Argentina

Chocolate and dulce de leche mousse with cream at Harapos

Despite the cool, wet weather, I enjoyed Córdoba’s food and seeing Santi and Noi again. In summer I expect the city’s vibe is completely different with longer days and warmer, relaxed evenings.