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Cordoba is one of the best cities in South America. Seven universities nearby make this the town to hit on super pretty Argentine girls, with an average age under 23. Lively nightlife starts on Thursday. For those that want to take a break from girls and booze, the nearby countryside makes for nice outdoor excursions.
Chance Of Hooking Up Rating: 4 out of 5 ?
Start your day at the Express Panaderia coffeshop bakery on the corner of Rondeau and Obispo Treo. Later hit the Palestra gym on Estrada between Ituzaingo and Buenos Aires. A day pass costs $3.50. Near the gym is Parque Sarmiento, good for lounging around, but better people watching can be done in the center near Plaza San Martin and the many nearby pedestrian streets. Take your wingman to the University of Cordoba lounge area (in the main building on the east side of Obsispo Trejo between Corrientes and Entre Rios) to hit on an unlimited supply of girls. You’ll need a cell phone to get numbers since Argentine girls are not the most open to one night stands. Buy one prepaid at the Movistar office half a block away from the Express Panaderia.
Check out the Dom Tomi chicken place on the corner of Av Velez Sarsfield and Fructuoso Rivera. It has perhaps the best barbeque chicken in Argentina, and is an excellent protein injection after a tough workout. Il Panino on the edge of Estrada near Plaza Espana has good sandwhiches. Las Tinajas (Bv San Juan 35) is a gigantic all-you-can-eat restaurant and Johnny B Good (H. Irigoyen and Independencia) has American inspired cuisine, which means fried fatty food.
To brush up on your Spanish, head to Able Language School on Caseros 369.
It can take a year to really explore the nightlife here. It seems that on every other corner there is a club that somehow packs up on the weekend, but your best options are the bars on Rondeau street between Independencia and Chacabuco (good for starting the night), the clubs nearby across the river in Abasto, and the clubs 15 minutes out by taxi in Chateau. Of course Chateau has the best looking girls. If you are unable to find a cab back from Chateau, inquire about the bus.
Some good picks: Mitre, Club F, Peekaboo, and Dorian Gray. For more detail and suggestions, check out my Cordoba nightlife post.
When it’s time to seal the deal, try Hotel Madrid on Obispo Trejo between Laprida and San Luis. If it’s full there are two other hotels within sight, with Hotel Trejo being the most seedy (red lights in the rooms).
Tango Hostel (Frutuoso Rivera 17)
$8.75/night for dorm room. The funnest hostel I’ve ever stayed at. A bit cliquey with the long-term tenants and the two dozen different employees, but you’ll feel at home in a couple days. Staff is extremely knowledgeable with nightlife and will go out with you. Don’t come here if you want to sleep or abstain from alcohol. Custom hostel map is a goldmine to keep busy.
UPDATE: Tango Hostel sucks now. Stay somewhere else.
Cordoba On The Blog
I wrote about an incident where I made a sloppy mistake with a Cordoba girl I was hitting on.
She called me a liar but with a slight smile, making me think I was fine. I mean if she was from the U.S. then it’s likely she wouldn’t care too much and maybe be even more into me because of the jealousy factor, but the girls here have a lot more pride. Continue Reading
It was sad when I left Cordoba. See my goodbye photo montage.
Other Cities In Argentina
If you're only going to visit only Argentina then I recommend you get this guide, which is far more detailed than the continental guide below, with options that cater to a range of budgets instead of only the shoestring backpacking crowd. Also it gives more respectable treatment to small cities and towns that the larger guide breezes over with a paragraph or two.
South America On A Shoestring Guidebook
This is the guidebook that I used in my six month trip in South America. The maps are excellent, the information is complete and thorough, and the reviews are accurate, which is why it's often called "the bible" by many travelers. The only problem is that everyone else has this book so if you are the type of person that wants to hit the isolated small towns you will be disappointed. My advice is to use this book for its maps and information on getting from city to city, but talk to the locals and other travelers for those isolated gems that Lonely Planet for some reason didn't find worthy to include.
Spanish For Beginners
My copy of this book is so beat up and weathered it's disintegrating before my eyes. I took it with me to South America because I loved how it was organized in a logical way that kept me motivated to keep studying. Lessons start short and easy and increase in complexity as you tackle frustrating readings that help take you to the next level. The only downside of this book is that it was originally published in 1957 so some of the vocabulary is very dated. Still, you'll be hard-pressed to find a modern equivalent of this book whose teachings approach the same quality. Last time I checked you can grab a used copy from Amazon for less than a dollar.
I’m really glad you came out with this travel guide… i’ve been looking for someplace new to head since I’ve played out Beunos Aires and most of Brazil
Cordoba might be my next stop… (after my trip to Meddellin this august)5 years, 7 months ago
I’m doing a Rio/Buenos Aires/Mendoza/Cordoba trip in 2 weeks and I was hoping you could go a little more in depth about the nightlife in cordoba (which club is good on which night, etc.) Also, what are the spots to hit up for someone traveling solo? I speak fluent Spanish but I definitely look like a gringo so not getting robbed would be great. And how should I shoot back when girls ask me why I’m alone?5 years, 7 months ago
As far as plane tickets go, no way! Go to American Airlines website, aa.com. I found tickets to buenos aires for about $550 less than four months in advance. Tickets to Cordoba for around $700. The website you suggested cost $1400 for the same dates.5 years, 7 months ago
Hola Rooshhh!!! Hey its me Sabrina the girl from Able Spanish! Thanks for puting us on your website… we received a guy from states through your website!
hope to see ya soon!!!
any luck finding a girlfriend???
I’m coming to Cordoba too in September to learn spanish. I was long on the net to find out more info on Cordoba and found this:-
Does any one know more about this??5 years, 6 months ago
Sorry I mean this link:-4 years, 8 months ago
This place looks amazing! definitely have to check it out.4 years, 2 months ago
cordoba its great, come on here american boys bring your dollars, we have a lot of sluts you can even drean exist on earth… for usa standarts cordoba is heaven.4 years ago
If you visit còrdoba argentina you should go to iL Caffetino Espresso. The first and the best take-away cafè in town. Located in 769 Ituzaingo Street, Nueva Còrdoba.3 years, 4 months ago
i have been to cordoba and i must agree the girls are really beautiful there! But the most beautiful girls i met there were not argentinians, it was a group of swedish girls studying spanish in the same school as me, they were so hot i coulndt concentrate. Now im studying in there:D go to sweden u wont belive your eyes.3 years, 2 months ago
cordoba has everything…cant miss this place.