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Another World Heritage site listed under the Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba, the Manzana Jesuítica contains the University of Córdoba, one of the oldest in South America, the Monserrat Secondary School, a church and residence buildings.

Unfortunately we arrived late and were unable to explore the inside of the buildings.  It’s a shame as there were so many rooms, nookes and crannies and passageways, it would have made for an exciting little adventure but would have taken hours. Nonetheless, great to see such a beautiful building being so well maintained and preserved by the local authority and presumably the World Heritage Organisation.

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Alta Gracia

April 30th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 14-Argentina | UNESCO World Heritage Sites - (0 Comments)

The most complicated World Heritage site/listing we have visited to-date. Although called Alta Gracia (we think) it forms part of the wider heritage listing under Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba.  There are several buildings (as indicated below) spread throughout Córdoba and none of their names match those listed on the World Heritage website – all very confusing.  We are going by the name on the entrance plaque, but those have been wrong on occasions too.

According to our pamphlet, the Jesuit Block in Córdoba, is the heart of the former Jesuit Province of Paraguay and contains the core buildings of the Jesuit system: the university, the church and residence of the Society of Jesus, and the college. Along with the five estancias, or farming estates, they contain religious and secular buildings, which illustrate the unique religious, social, and economic experiment carried out in the world for a period of over 150 years in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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A typical bus journey…

April 29th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 14-Argentina - (1 Comments)

A real quick post so we can show you a typical bus journey between destinations, 13 hours was the longest so far but they average 8–10.  Films in Spanish and with Spanish subtitles, nice.  Unfortunately this bus had no wireless.

Without our podcats and books the journeys would be almost unbearable. 

Great scenic views, eh!

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April 28th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 14-Argentina - (0 Comments)

Not the most exciting stop on our itinerary (in our opinion) but one of the Andes busiest highway crossings from Chile to Argentina.  Its biggest attraction, literally, is the formidable Andean Range – symbolised by the southern hemisphere’s highest mountain, Cerro Aconcagua.

We didn’t do the Andes tour, the wine tour, horse riding, hiking, rafting or biking – we done absolutely nothing but chill out with a bottle of vino and catch up on some admin.  There was trekking in abundance, but on this occasion we said no, just some time to ourselves.  We can so all these activities later in Chile and Bolivia where they will be somewhat cheaper.

Stupidly, we booked a night bus from Chile to Argentina, travelling the Andes cross at dark.  We thought if we booked a night bus we could save on a night’s accommodation, but it wasn’t until having done some reading did we realise our mistake.  We tried to change the tickets but couldn’t.  All is not lost, we will get to see the Andean range later on our way back from Rio De Janeiro.

Some random photos of the town centre and us chilling in the park etc. – crap photos we know!

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