Destination guide: Cordoba
Useful information about Cordoba
Cordoba cuisine is a combination of Spanish and Italian roots with the influence of indigenous dishes from the central and Pampa regions. The result is a high-protein fusion that is primarily comprised of red and white meats, dairy and pasta.
Local dishes taste best when finished off with German-style pastries called facturas or Austrian medialunas. The region is also known for its salamis, olives in brine, the milanesa (a very thin cut of breaded beef), fried potatoes and dulce de leche.
There are several options for the thirsty traveler: mate, coffee, tea and unique alcoholic beverages such as fernet, sparkling wine and local beers.
The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso ($ARS). However, the US dollar (US$) is accepted in most tourist locations. Bills are available in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos; and coins are available in 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and 1 peso.
All goods and services include a 21% Value Added Tax (VAT). As a foreign tourist, if you purchase a nationally manufactured product worth 70 pesos or more, you have the option of requesting a VAT rebate. For tax-free shopping, the vendor must provide the original Type B receipt and a Global Refund Cheque. Upon leaving the country, these two documents must be presented at Customs in addition to the item that was purchased so they can be stamped and the check can be cashed.
The official language spoken in Cordoba and throughout Argentina is Spanish.
Before leaving on your trip to Argentina, keep in mind that most of the country is located in the GMT -3 time zone. During the summer however, some provinces fall one hour behind the official time.
Electrical outlets in Argentina operate at 220 volts and 50 Hertz. If any of your electronic devices operate at a different voltage, you are encouraged to travel with a power adaptor.