Getting Oriented

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Getting Oriented

Córdoba Province is the geographical center of Argentina, and its eponymous capital, 710 km (441 mi) northwest of Buenos Aires, is a chaotic, cosmopolitan hub filled with students and businesspeople. Unlike porteños (citizens of Buenos Aires), however, this city's inhabitants are only a short drive from cooling rivers, hills, and tranquillity; some say it's why people here are so pleasant. Indeed, a meandering drive from the city through the mountain towns is a lovely way to spend a day or two—or an entire summer.

Córdoba City is served by daily flights from Buenos Aires as well as lots of long-distance bus companies, many of which have a comfortable cama (sleeper) service, or an even more comfortable—and not much more expensive—cama suite service. Within the city, hiring a car isn't necessary (or even advisable, given the chaotic traffic): the center is compact, and official black-and-yellow taxis abound.

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