Cordoba – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:59:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 UFOs in Cordoba: The Supernatural in the Sierras http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/ufos-in-cordoba/ Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:00:53 +0000 http://argentina4u.com/blog/en/?p=2871 Did you know that Argentina has its own Roswell? Yep, that’s right, according to some, UFOs and aliens are alive and kicking in Cordoba, Argentina. Never mind nature, it’s the supernatural that holds that biggest magnetic draw to the Sierras Chicas. Space Creatures in Capilla del Monte The so-called spiritual capital of Argentina is Capilla del Monte, [...]

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Did you know that Argentina has its own Roswell? Yep, that’s right, according to some, UFOs and aliens are alive and kicking in Cordoba, Argentina. Never mind nature, it’s the supernatural that holds that biggest magnetic draw to the Sierras Chicas.

Many people claim to have seen UFOs in Cordoba...

Many people claim to have seen UFOs in Cordoba… / source

Space Creatures in Capilla del Monte

The so-called spiritual capital of Argentina is Capilla del Monte, in Cordoba Province, close to the capital. Mount Uritorco, specifically, is the site of all the trouble. The mountain is said to have a mystical energy, and there have been hundreds of reported sightings of strange lights and UFOs hovering in the area. It’s not just recent though. Historical records reveal UFO sightings going back hundreds of years.

The sceptical attribute this UFO-littered history to the region’s rich mineral resources. You can find various gems along the banks of the Calabalumba River, and the region has an abundance of quartz. The rational explanation is that certain conditions can cause the mineral-rich rocks to send off sparks, accounting for the flickering lights that people are prone to report.

It’s not just tales of lights and flying saucers though. There have also been cases of scorched earth, with one such incident giving way to a burn area of 42 metres in diameter, and supposedly 300 people said to have seen a UFO at the time. And let’s not forget the theory that some kind of extraterrestrials called Erks have built a city under Mount Uritorco, which is their base for their earthly operations.

The area is also connected with another weird story. Amidst the panic caused by the Mayan doomsday predictions for 21 December 2012, there was a Facebook appeal for people to climb Mount Uritorco and commit mass suicide. Luckily, the authorities quickly stepped in and cut off access to the mountain on this date to prevent such an incident.

The mysitcal Mount Uritorco, home to Erks and UFOs.

The mysitcal Mount Uritorco, home to Erks and UFOs. / source

The Alien Festival

With all this other-wordly buzz, Capillo del Monte has become a tourism hub for alien hunters, New Agers, and the supernaturally curious. This tourism boom can be seen in the number of alien-themed trinkets you can buy in the town, or while hiking up the famed mountain. The town even hosted the 17th annual Ufology Congress in 2014. But the biggest event on the calendar is the Festival Alienígena (Alien Festival).

This year the Alien Festival takes place from 3-8 February. The town draws on all its extra-terrestrial experiences to decorate the shops and to dress up. Besides big prizes for the best-dressed aliens, and most eery storefronts, there are plenty of alien-themed arts and crafts on sale, parties and some other worldly dancing. It’s a bit weird, and very wonderful, and definitely a unique experience.

Aliens in Argentina

While Cordoba seems to be the hub of alien activity, the rest of the country is not immune to sightings. A quick google search of UFOs in Argentina will bring up plenty of results. In fact, in 2011, Argentina’s Air Force created a special commission named the Comisión de Estudio Fenómenos Aeroespeciales (Investigation of Aerospace Phenomenon), otherwise known as the UFO Commission. They certainly have their hands full with recent claims of sightings in Gualeguaychú and at a football match…

Argentina seems to be alien friendly!

Argentina seems to be alien friendly! / source

A trip out to the mountains of Cordoba is well worth it, whether you want to go UFO hunting or not. The supernatural energy of the area may be debatable, but a walk in the mountains, and time spent next to the quiet rivers and lakes surrounding Cordoba city will certainly give you a renewed sense of energy!

Don’t miss out on Cordoba’s supernatural beauty (and beings)! There are plenty of great activities in Cordoba for a relaxing getaway.

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Rio de Janeiro Restaurants That You Must Try http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/must-try-restaurants/ Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:06:01 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=1925 Let’s be honest, one of the best parts of traveling is eating well! Of course one of the most difficult parts is knowing where to eat. No one wants to find themselves at a tourist trap or end up eating less than quality food. Here are a few spots that guarantee a memorable meal for [...]

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Let’s be honest, one of the best parts of traveling is eating well! Of course one of the most difficult parts is knowing where to eat. No one wants to find themselves at a tourist trap or end up eating less than quality food.

Here are a few spots that guarantee a memorable meal for both you and your stomach.

1. Bar do Mineiro

Everyone knows that the best places to eat are the ones frequented by locals. You can’t get anymore classic Carioca than Bar do Mineiro in Santa Teresa.

Eating at Bar do Mineiro is more than just good food, though that in and of itself makes a trip there worthwhile. A Saturday lunch at this traditional spot is like stepping into the heart of Rio de Janeiro. The eclectic decorations, lively conversation, and close sitting quarters are exactly what the travel Gods prescribed for those wanting a truly Carioca dining experience.

Price range: R$15 – R$50 | Major Cards Accepted

Rua Pascoal Carlos Magno 99, Santa Teresa

2. Aprazivel

Sitting on the other side of the restaurant spectrum is another wonderful Santa Teresa restaurant. Set amongst the trees, you will feel as if you stepped into a fine dining version of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.

Aprazivel is known for using classic Brazilian flavors with a European/French twist. Though it is most famous for the impressive view that only Santa Teresa can deliver. If dinner at sunset is on your bucket list, you have just found the perfect place to eat.

Price Range: R$35 – R$150 | Major Cards Accepted

Rua Aprazivel 62, Santa Teresa

3. Majorica

Brazil is known for its beef, as is Majorica. While the building may make you feel as if you stepped into a time warp, it doesn’t mean that the food isn’t up to today’s standard.

Manjorica promises excellent service, mouthwatering beef, and a wine list that will please everyone.

Price Range: R$30 – R$100 | Major Cards Accepted

Rua Senador Vergueiro 15, Flamengo

4. Mamma Jamma

Sometimes a person just wants a good pizza. There is nothing like eating a huge slice of something warm, cheesy, and with a crust that doesn’t remind you of something pre-packaged from the grocery store. Mamma Jamma does just that and more.

Located in the charming Jardim Botanico neighborhood, Mamma Jamma boasts a uniquely charming environment and the pizza to match. There is something for everyone to eat, from the delicious Parma Dolci (a delicious treat of specially cured mozzarella, hot apricot jam and prosciutto) to a classic pepperoni pizza.

Price Range: R$40 – R$120 | Major Cards Accepted

Rua Saturnino de Brito, 50 – Lagoa

5. BiBi sucos

When time is short, sometimes a snack is exactly what the doctor ordered. When you need to grab something quick, BiBi sucos is the place to go.

Choose between the seemingly endless selection of juices such as pineapple and mint or passion fruit. Acai, an all time Rio de Janeiro favorite, is something that every foreigner has to try at least once. Consider adding banana or granola or both to give the already healthy snack an even bigger boost.

Of course BiBi sucos doesn’t just have juices. Grab a snack to eat, either at one of their tables or in a to go bag. Pick from the those displayed at the bar or order one of their tasty hamburgers. Either way your taste buds and tummy will be pleased.

Price Range: R$5 – R$25 | Major Cards Accepted

Located at various locations in Rio de Janeiro such as: Av Ataulfo de Paiva 591, Leblon and Rua Miguel Lemos 31, Copacabana

6. Bar Urca

Bar Urca’s charm is in hosting both the young and the old. Choose between grabbing a cold beer and a pastel to enjoy perched on the bayside stone wall or eating a full meal at a table upstairs. Either way, the view and the atmosphere will make you fall in love with Rio de Janeiro that much more.

Price Range: R$30 – R$50 | Major Cards accepted

Rua Cândido Gaffrée 205, Urca

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Food Festival in Cordoba: The Ultimate Italian Feast! http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/food-festival-in-cordoba-ultimate-italian-feast/ Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:45:57 +0000 http://argentina4u.com/blog/en/?p=2456 Looking for something to do this long weekend in Argentina? Look no further than Cordoba, where the 24th annual Fiesta de las Comidas Típicas Caroyenses (Festival of Typical Caroyenses Food) is taking place. This Cordoba food festival takes place this weekend from 16 -18 August 2014. 44km from Cordoba City, in the Sierra Chicas, is Colonia [...]

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24th Annual Festival of Typical Caroyenses Food / source

Looking for something to do this long weekend in Argentina? Look no further than Cordoba, where the 24th annual Fiesta de las Comidas Típicas Caroyenses (Festival of Typical Caroyenses Food) is taking place. This Cordoba food festival takes place this weekend from 16 -18 August 2014.

44km from Cordoba City, in the Sierra Chicas, is Colonia Caroya. Italian immigrants settled in this area in 1877, moving to the heart of Argentina to farm despite the difficult and dry conditions. They built an extensive irrigation canal system that forever changed the surrounding hills and increased the area’s fertility for agriculture. More importantly, these Italian settlers also brought with them typical Italian cuisine which today attracts gastro tourism to the region.

Authentic Italian cuisine at the food festival in Cordoba

Authentic Italian cuisine at the food festival in Cordoba / source

This rich food history is celebrated with the annual Festival of Typical Caroyenses Food. National and international tourists flock to this food festival in Cordoba Province to sample the delicious and authentic Italian cuisine on offer. Taste the smorgasbord of cheeses, salami, homemade breads, as well as a variety of pastas and gnocchi, all made with family recipes, passed down from generation to generation.

The Cordoba Food Festival will be held at the Bowls Sport Club in Colonia Caroya. The venue can seat up to 1200 people, and has stands where the traditional produce can be sampled and bought to take home. On offer is everything from salami, jams, preserves, pasta, bread, wine and desserts – all home-made of course!

Whilst tucking into a feast of Italian cuisine, you can sit back and enjoy traditional music and dance. There will also be a separate stage for musical groups, soloists and ballet performances. To see the full program, visit the Muncipality of Colonia Caroya’s website.

The festival starts on Saturday the 16th at 8:30pm, Sunday the 17th from 12pm for lunch and 8:30pm for dinner, and on Monday the 18th the festival will be open from 12pm. No bookings are necessary.

Colonia Caroya can be accessed by National Route 9. For more information on how to get to Cordoba, check out our Cordoba travel guide.

Why not make a weekend of it and see what else Cordoba province has to offer? Visit our catalogue of tours and activities in Cordoba and book your excursions online!

Written by: Nicole Eberhard
For: Argentina4u

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In the footsteps of Pope Francis – Cordoba’s Jesuit Missions http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/in-the-footsteps-of-pope-francis-cordobas-jesuit-missions/ Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:16:26 +0000 http://argentina4u.com/blog/en/?p=424 Ever since Pope Francis’ election to the papacy, lots of global attention has turned to his birthplace of Argentina, which has a rich religious history throughout the country. In Tilde, for example, the 14 Stations of the Cross are displayed year round to honor Jesus’ crucifixion, and thousands flock to the town during Holy Week to [...]

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Ever since Pope Francis’ election to the papacy, lots of global attention has turned to his birthplace of Argentina, which has a rich religious history throughout the country. In Tilde, for example, the 14 Stations of the Cross are displayed year round to honor Jesus’ crucifixion, and thousands flock to the town during Holy Week to celebrate (how Argentines celebrate Holy Week). Buenos Aires is filled with historically relevant churches, and Salta is known for its rich Christian past. Cordoba, however, has a distinct character due to the Jesuits’ influence on the city, and most visitors make a point to take a tour of the Jesuit block.  Though Pope Francis is “porteño”, he also spent time practicing his teachings in Cordoba.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis / source

Pope Francis’ name derives from an Italian saint who was highly revered for his devotion to a simple lifestyle and dedication to the poverty-stricken. Bergoglio entered the Society of Jesus in 1958 and studied to become a priest at the Jesuit seminary in Villa Devoto. As he obtained his position as Cardinal of the Catholic Church, he decided to abstain from using his right to a chauffeured limousine, instead opting to use public transportation and living in a small apartment.  He went to Germany to complete his doctoral dissertation and came back to Argentina to serve as spiritual director in Cordoba.

Though in Spanish, check out the video to catch a glimpse of where the Pope used to live and those who interacted him.

Follow in the footsteps of Argentina’s Pope Francis and visit the Jesuit Missions in Cordoba with a Jesuit History Tour or visit a Jesuit Estancia.  For more tours and activities in Cordoba, visit our website!

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The Jesuit Block in Cordoba http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/the-jesuit-block-in-cordoba/ Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:58:00 +0000 http://argentina4u.com/blog/en/2013/01/the-jesuit-block-in-cordoba.html The city of Cordoba lies right in the heart of Argentina, and has long been a cultural and intellectual hub of the country. Throughout the 1500s it was a centre for the Jesuits in Argentina, adding to Cordoba’s charm today, making it a fascinating place to visit, mixing old and new. Jesuits are known for their [...]

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The city of Cordoba lies right in the heart of Argentina, and has long been a cultural and intellectual hub of the country. Throughout the 1500s it was a centre for the Jesuits in Argentina, adding to Cordoba’s charm today, making it a fascinating place to visit, mixing old and new.

Jesuits are known for their missionary efforts, their work in education, founding schools and universities. This was exactly what the Jesuits did in Argentina, amongst other things, establishing Argentina’s first university. The remains of Cordoba’s Jesuit era can still be seen today, by visiting the Jesuit Block in Cordoba and beautiful Jesuit Estancias, which in 2000 were declared a UNESCO World heritage site.

The Jesuit Block in Cordoba

The Jesuit Block in Cordoba

 

MANZANA JESUITICA (Jesuit Block)
The Jesuits block is in the very centre of the beautiful city of Cordoba and was constructed as a centre for prayer and learning in the city. The Manzana Jesuítica contains the University of Córdoba Argentina’s first Universityand one of the oldest in the whole of South America.

Within the Jesuit Block and one of the highlights of Cordoba is the stunning  church,  Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus and the beautiful Capilla Domestica (domestic chapel) whose roof is made out of stretched cowhide and ornately decorated using pigmentation made, in part, from bones.

Another highlight of course is the university itself, the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, whose library is a must see and is the oldest in Argentina, housing some of the original books brought over by the Jesuit Missionaries.

If you’re travelling to Cordoba we recommend you book a tour, which will provide you with insight into the fascinating history of the Jesuits and take you to places within the Jesuit Block, you might never come across yourself.

The beautiful Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus in Cordoba’s Jesuit block.

The beautiful Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus in Cordoba’s Jesuit block. / Source

 

JESUIT ESTANCIAS
To maintain the university and help fund its construction, the Jesuits set up five Estancias (traditional Argentine Ranches) around the province of Córdoba in close vicinity to the city. The estanciasconcentrated on agriculture, textile production, and mule breeding, not forgetting their spiritual functions of course and brought a lot of money to the region.

These estancias are beautiful, and set amidst some of the most breath taking landscapes of Cordoba, a visit to an estancia should not go a miss if you’re traveling to Cordoba.
There are fascinating Jesuit history tours which take you along the so-called Jesuit road, making for a fascinating day out, visiting a selection of Jesuit Estancias.

Estancia Santa Catalina, the largest of the five Jesuit Estancias in Cordoba.

Estancia Santa Catalina, the largest of the five Jesuit Estancias in Cordoba. / Source

 

ALTA GRACIA
One of the biggest Estancias is Alta Gracia, which has grown into a little town, with many beautiful attractions for tourists. We recommend you take a day trip out to the beautiful lakeside estancia, visit its church and national museum, which holds exhibitions on the fascinating Jesuit history throughout Argentina.  For history lovers, there’s an added bonus in Alta Gracia, as Che Guevara Argentina’s National hero lived in Alta Gracia for many years and as well as being able to visit the house he lived in, there is a museum that pays tribute to his life.

The church of Estancia Alta Gracia.

The church of Estancia Alta Gracia. / Source

 

If you are traveling to Cordoba, have a look at our website, Argentina4u, for tours and activitieswithin the Province of Cordoba – discover Cordoba’s rich history and its unbeatable landscapes!

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Oktoberfest in Cordoba, Argentina http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/oktoberfest-in-cordoba-argentina/ Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:48:00 +0000 http://argentina4u.com/blog/en/2012/10/oktoberfest-in-cordoba-argentina.html If you happen to be travelling to Cordoba, Argentina over the next couple of days (between the 28th Sept. and 8 Oct. to be exact) you might be surprised to find yourself surrounded by people in Lederhosen, eating Bratwurst and sipping gallons of German Beer! Believe it or not, Argentina has its very own Oktoberfest! [...]

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If you happen to be travelling to Cordoba, Argentina over the next couple of days (between the 28th Sept. and 8 Oct. to be exact) you might be surprised to find yourself surrounded by people in Lederhosen, eating Bratwurst and sipping gallons of German Beer!

Believe it or not, Argentina has its very own Oktoberfest! The Fiesta Nacional de la Cerveza is celebrated every year in Villa General Belgrano in the country’s central Province of Cordoba.

The festival started off as a local celebration in the 1960’s and a way for the German immigrant community in Cordoba to commemorate the Oktoberfest, the pagan ritual that originated in Munich over five centuries ago.

Over the years the Oktoberfest in Villa Belgrano has grown into a full blown international event, attracting up to fifty thousand visitors every year, who travel to the heart of Argentina to join in on the popular celebrations.

Villa Belgrano in the stunning Calamuchita valley.

Villa Belgrano in the stunning Calamuchita valley.

 

Held in one of Argentina’s most beautiful regions, the Fiesta Nacional de la Cerveza is celebrated over eleven intense days, every year in the first weeks of October, to coincide with the Argentine national holiday of Dia del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (which this takes place this year on Monday the 8th Oct, making the last weekend of the Oktoberfest an extended bank holiday weekend!). The national holiday commemorates the date on which Columbus arrived on America’s shores, and where the first contact between South American and European cultures was made.

This is why the Argentine version of the Oktoberfest has a major focus on cultural diversity; especially when the celebrations move – from Villa Belgrano’s especially designed beer garden – into the city centre and the daily parades of the different immigrant communities’ march through the streets, brightening up the city centre. Delegations from Germany, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, the Canary Islands, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Portugal, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Armenia and Ukraine show off their typical costumes, serve up their country’s culinary specialties, broadening the cultural spectrum of the festival.

Parade in the city centre of Villa Belgrano. / Image Credit: Wikipedia

Parade in the city centre of Villa Belgrano. / Image Credit: Wikipedia

 

So, as you can see the Oktoberfest is about so much more than just beer and there is a great variety of entertainment. There’s something for lone travellers looking for a party and wanting to meet new people and there’s also plenty of options ideal for the whole family, if you’re travelling to Argentina with kids.

In the beer garden there are several stands with traditional German specialties such as delicious Frankfurt sausages, the mandatory leber-wurst, smoked pork ribs and the well-known sausages with Sauerkraut.
And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you have to try the traditional selva negra cake (chocolate sponge cake with cream and cherries) and the of course the famous and delicious Apfelstrudel.

Tapping of the first beer barrel of the day. / Image credit: Wikipedia

Tapping of the first beer barrel of the day. / Image credit: Wikipedia

 

Even if you don’t visit the Oktoberfest in Cordoba, Argentina, this time of year is a great time to travel to Cordoba, the heartland of Argentina! This region is hugely distinct from Argentina’s Southern Patagonia or Northern Provinces such as Salta, right in the centre of Argentina, with one of the most picturesque and naturally beautiful landscapes in the country.

For more things to do and see in Cordoba, including trips to Calamuchita, La Cumbrecita and Punilla Valley, take a look at our catalogue of tours and activities in Cordoba!

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