Shafik Meghji, writer and co-author of The Rough Guide to Argentina
Popular with Argentines, but often overlooked by foreign travellers, Córdoba province i san incredibly rewarding place to explore.
Its eponymous capital is a youthful, forward-lookingcity, packed with colonial-era architecture, art and cultural spaces, and a dynamic restaurant scene centred on the hip Güemes neighbourhood.
The dramatic Sierras de Córdoba mountain range is wonderful for horseriding, while Mar Chiquita, one of South America’s biggest lakes, is a haven for birdwatchers.
Plus there’s the kitsch Germanic town of Villa General Belgrano, remarkable pre-Columbian petroglyphs, excellent hang-gliding and paragliding, Che Guevara’s childhood home, and a series of Jesuit estancias that date back 400 years.