Cordoba

Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina, and it is the capital of the Cordoba province. It also known as La Docta because of its universities and scientific institutes, which is also why there is a big young population. Since the local government started investing more in arts and culture, many new museums and cultural sites have opened up like the Centro Cultural Córdoba. The cultural and night life are mainly found in the Güemes, Alta Córdoba, and red light district areas. The red district is also called the Ex Abasto because it was a huge market area up until 1990. The market, Mercado de Abasto, is now located in the city outskirts. Below, you’ll find more information on safety and precautions you can take, so you can enjoy your trip.

SAFETY INDEX

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The city has numerous historical monuments well-maintained from the Spanish colonial rule. The most popular one and also declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010 is the Jesuit Block. Here, you can see buildings dating back from the 17th century. If you are into horse riding, Córdoba’s central mountains are perfect for it. The Estancia Los Potreros is a secluded working ranch where you can go on a ride across a breathtaking landscape no matter your horse riding expertise level. Here, the more expert riders can also try playing polo. Córdoba is considered safer than Buenos Aires, but this does not mean that there’s no crime. With this being said, beware of pickpocketing on public transportation and any crowded and/or tourist area. The avenues of Centro and Nueva Córdoba are overall safe, except the area near Río Suquía. Some other unsafe areas are located near Avenida Circunvalación, Villa El Libertador, and Santa Isabel, but there are no tourist attractions here.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Taking standard safety precautions are recommended in Córdoba. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behavior as you would in any other city. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and keep an eye on your valuables.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. The theft of smartphones is increasing. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Muggings have happened in urban areas. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables. Avoid walking alone after dark. Although kidnapping is not common, express kidnapping involving tourists have occurred. Victims are abducted for a few hours and forced to withdraw money from ATMs in order to be released.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

As in any other big city, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Bag snatching is common, so make sure you carry your bag facing away from the street and preferably always close to you.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There are reports of unlicensed taxis, so make sure you pre-arrange a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Seasonal flooding is common, which leads to transport disruption. Flash floods can happen during heavy rains.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks are unlikely in Córdoba. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Many women travel safely without any issues. However, if you are traveling alone, it is important to exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Women may get some unwanted attention from men.

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Nueva Córdoba

This is the most popular district due to its nightlife. It is located in Zona Central, next to downtown and the National University of Cordoba (UNC). Here, you’ll find many bars, restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques.

Güemes

This bohemian neighbourhood is right next to Nueva Córdoba. It is well known for its restaurants and Paseo de las Artes, a craft fair with live music and homemade treats among other attractions (open on weekends year-round). You can find handmade souvenirs on the street surrounding La Cañada. The Latin American Handicraft Museum and the Municipal Historical Archives are also found in this district.

Cerro de las Rosas

Located in Zona Cerro, Cerro de las Rosas is a trendy nerighborhood where you can find everything you may need: stylish restaurants, bars, boutiques, and other attractions out of the traditional.

Useful Information

Most countries do not need a visa to enter Argentine when the purpose of the visit is tourism. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay, so no additional period of validity beyond is necessary. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso (ARS). Cash machines are common throughout the country. ATMs are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in main cities, but be careful of possible scamming and never leave your card out of sight.
Buenos Aires and the Pampas are moderate; cold in the winter, and hot and humid in the summer.
Buenos Aires-Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) is Argentina’s busiest airport. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page