Overnight Buses & Overrated Towns

Trip Start Nov 05, 2006
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

We have adopted "overnight buses" to cover the long distances between cities in Argentina.  These are not your average buses though.  Some have seats that convert into actual beds, while our buses are generally the type that go 3/4 of the way down.  Buses have movies, dinner, bus bingo and even breakfast of a sort. 

Our overnight bus to Cordoba was excellent and we got enough sleep to awake to a new city.  We hiked to our funky 60īs hotel (the Ritz, complete with vintage ī60s leather couches, gold decor and low level brass lighting in the lobby) and sat on the bed to relax for a few minutes before starting our explorations.  Four hours later, we woke up and ate breakfast, two hours after that, we actually made it out of the building.  I guess the "sleep" you get on a bus just isnīt as good as what you get in a real bed.  Still, it beats consciousness for 10 hours on the road.  We are at the point now where 6 waking hours on a bus is our breaking point.

Cordoba versus Mendoza are often debated as destinations for travelers with limited time.  The split is about 50/50.  Cordoba is credited as having some of the best colonial architecture in Argentina.  It is also a town with four universities and is reputed to have amazing nightlife.  We donīt do alot of clubbing anymore so our expectation of a nice colonial town with pleasant streets to wander was enough to lure us away from beautiful Mendoza and itīs delicious wine country for a couple of days.   

We wandered through the streets and zig zagged through neighborhood taking in what Cordoba had to offer.  Some of the buildings are beautiful, but the are always next to some heinous 1970īs style office or apartment building.  We visited some palatial museums along the way.  Cordoba is a bit more modernized than Mendoza.  So much so that you could mistake it for the U.S. at times if it werenīt for the Spanish everywhere.  However, it is a busy city with smog and traffic and lacks the character and laid back attitude of Mendoza.   In sum, I would say that Cordoba is overrated, and Mendoza is the better destination.  We head next to Rosario, which is famed to be "Argentina's most beautiful city." 
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