We never saw each other but it didn’t matter.
I had a brother
who walked in the mountains
while I was sleeping.
I loved him my way,
I took his voice
free as water,
and walked for some time
near his shadow (…)
-I had a brother
(dedicated to Ernesto Che Guevara)
In 1573, the Viceroy of Peru, Francisco Álvarez de Toledo, entrusted Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera with finding a strategic place at the “Camino Real” that connected Lima and Potosí with Buenos Aires. This is how Córdoba was born, with a privileged location in the past, and a privileged location at present: in the geographical centre of Argentina.
The heritage of the Jesuits honours this city: in 1622 they founded the first National University and its Jesuit Block (Manzana Jesuítica) which was declared a World Heritage Site, and proudly boasts the oldest church in the country. It is recognised for being “La Docta” (sometimes translated as “The Learned one”) due to its huge cultural richness, and the “City of the Bells” for its many churches.
The Cordobeses love their city; They are always attentive to jokes and have a very peculiar accent; they are metaphorical and curious, very close friends of the cuartetos (typical music) and Fernet.
Córdoba is history, culture and celebration.
The hills in Cordoba come into view among valleys, rivers, mountains and lakes. In its mountain villages you can breathe the harmony of quiet green paths, and the warmth of the Creole traditions coexisting with the European culture. Since 1616, the Camino de las Estancias Jesuíticas, at present World Heritage, crosses the hills together with Argentinian colonial history.
The Punilla and its San Roque lake, the Sierras Chicas, the Traslasierra Valley and its Altas Cumbres, the Big Lakes, Villa General Belgrano, La Cumbre, the 6,000 km2 (2,316 miles) of Mar Chiquita’s salty waters, the Calamuchita Valley, the National Folklore Festival in Cosquín, the Cumbrecita, Capilla del Monte, the Champaquí and Uritorco hills, the massif of the Gigantes…
Córdoba is nature, adventure, and sport.