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ABOUT CÓRDOBA

Córdoba is a province located in the heart of Argentina, and since the beginnings of its colonization, was considered the cultural center of the region it was leader of.

It is a perfect railroad hub because of its central location within Argentina’s geography, which allows it to be connected to every corner of the country.

The capital city of Córdoba was founded in 1573 by Jerónimo Luis Cabrera.

Upon his arrival, he found himself in a territory occupied by aboriginal groups, among which the sedentary Sanavironas, organized in clans that lived by rivers, stood out.

This province’s terrain is diverse and complex.

A large section of the east belongs to the Pampa Alta geological formations, and to the east are the orographic formations called the Sierras Pampeanas.

Numerous rivers cross through the province, generally West-East bound, and they were always the providers of fresh water for crops.

The strategic location of this province transformed it into the communications center between the Viceroyalty of Perú and the port of Buenos Aires.

Life in this territory is closely linked to the Jesuit order, which sent some of their most eminent representatives from the city of Lima since 1587.

Early in the XVII century, the Jesuit order founded its novitiate in Córdoba and, in 1610, created the Colegio Máximo, where they offered higher education in Arts, Theology and Latin.

This congregation’s influence can be qualified as being very positive from every point of view, since they organized this province culturally and financially.

The brotherhood’s exit brought along notorious setbacks to the territory, which was above all reflected in its work on economic and social organization.

Today, Córdoba is one of Argentina´s highlighted travel destinations, where tourists can enjoy the most diverse landscapes and find a great mix of history and nature that embellishes the whole province.

CURRENCY

The official currency is the Argentine Peso, which is divided into 100 cents. There are 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Cents coins, and 1 and 2 Argentine Peso coins. They also have 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Argentine Peso bills. 1 Euro is currently equal to 5.55 Argentine Pesos.

In a restaurant, it is recommended to ask whether they take credit cards before purchasing anything.

CUISINE

The most typical Argentinian cuisine is the asado (barbeque), especially on the grill, along with Italian influences: pizzas, pasta, etc. The best part of an asado is the achura (cow viscera) and steak with French fries. Pizzas are accompanied with a glass of moscato, a sweet wine. Other typical dishes are locro (stew), milanese, roulade, sandwiches de miga (similar to cucumber sandwiches), empanadas (stuffed pastries), Patagonia lamb and humitas (traditional pasta) and tamales. For drinks you can enjoy any Argentinian beer, as well as the famous Mate tea. And for dessert, dulce de leche (similar to caramel) and alfajores (a type of biscuit with sweet filling) can´t be missed.

LANGUAGE

The official language of Argentina is Spanish. There are other foreign languages that are often spoken, such as Guaraní, English and Italian.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN CORDOBA IN JULY: 10 ºC minimum, 19 ºC maximum.

ELECTRONIC AND UNIT STANDARDS

Measurement system
The metric system.

Units for measuring temperature
Degrees Celsius (ºC).

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Type of electrical socket: Type C or Type F.
Type of telephone plug: US RJ-11 phone plug.
DVD zone: Zone 4.

TRANSPORTATION

Córdoba´s International Airport “Ing. Aer. Ambrosio Taravella” is located 9 km from the center of the capital city of Córdoba. Phone: (+54-351) 475-0881.

The airport welcomes arrivals of direct national and international flights from Chile, Brazil, Panamá, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Perú and Bolivia.

Public transportation and taxi (remise) services are available. There are no Uber or Cabify services in the city.

ARRIVING IN ARGENTINA

To enter the Republic of Argentina it is necessary to present a valid passport with or without a visa, depending on the country you are arriving from.

The maximum period of stay in the country is ninety (90) days, with a possibility of extending that period one time. To extend it, visitors must visit one of the National Migration Office’s branches before the originally granted term expires.

  • Tourist Visa

If visitors comply with these 2 requirements, they DO NOT NEED a tourist visa: your stay is less than ninety (90) days and you are a citizen of the United States of America, the European Union, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Perú and Venezuela. CHECK PERIODICALLY IF THE LIST OF COUNTRIES HAS CHANGED.

In case you do not fulfill the 2 mentioned conditions, these are the requirements for processing a tourist visa for the Republic of Argentina. The process is personal and the applicant must present the following documentation (original and copies) before the corresponding Consulate:

  • A valid passport with a minimum term of 6 months as of the date the visitor enters the country, and at least one blank sheet (two sides) available.
  • Two (2) up to date pictures, facing forward, in color, with a white background.
  • A completed visa request form (preferably done virtually), signed by the applicant.
  • Proof of Economic Solvency (for example, latest paychecks, credit card statement or bank statement).
  • Round-trip ticket reservation (it is recommended not to purchase tickets until the visa is granted).
  • Hotel reservation or tourist itinerary.
  • If the applicant does not have a hotel reservation, and is visiting due to a physical person’s invitation, a letter of invitation will do.
  • The consular fee payment.
  • Visa interview.

The maximum period of stay in the country is ninety (90) days, with a possibility of extending that period one time. To extend it, visitors must appear before one of the National Migration Office’s branches before the originally granted term expires. ALWAYS VERIFY THE CONSULATE’S REQUIREMENTS IN ADVANCE.

To request letters of invitation required by consulates, please contact María Victoria Sukenik.