After our thumbing stints from Santiago to Mendoza and Mendoza to Córdoba, we decided to attempt to hitchhike our entire way through Argentina, next leg, Cordoba to Buenos Aires. A nice little goal if you will.
So forth we venture and yet again, with successful results. Our journey would bring us more fun moments and fantastic memories.
As always when hitchhiking, stay safe and stay aware. Try to hitch with someone, go with your gut and only hitch during the daytime.
Right. Let’s roll.
The first step is to leave Cordoba city centre and aim for Route 9, the highway heading towards Buenos Aires, making it easier to hitch a lift. This road is also known as Avenida Amadeo Sabittini.
You can make your way to the start of this avenue, but since you will need to take a bus there anyway (it’s not exactly city centre-based or walkable especially in the heat and with backpacks) you might as well take the bus out as far as Toledo. A small town within the Córdoba province and only 40 minutes away.
Catch any of the regular services leaving Terminal de Óminbus de Córdoba, which is a 15-minute walk from pretty much anywhere within the city centre.
Once here, head to gate #16 for the company El Porvenir, who have busses leaving every hour for $38.50 (€1.75) or gate #18 and take a bus with Malvinas Argentinas for $39 (€1.77).
Once you arrive in Toledo, again you can easily start to hitch along the main Route 9 motorway. We decided to walk out of town, towards the Peaje Toledo toll booth, an easy place to catch drivers with plenty of opportunities for them to pull over.
It is a good 30-minute walk out of town along the busy road, so be sure to bring some water and snacks. There is a supermarket on Constitución, parallel to Route 9 as well as garages and small shops.
Although, the bus does continue through Toledo, passing the toll, so you could sweet talk the driver into letting you off at the toll itself. We bloody wish we knew that then.
From here you have a solid chance of grabbing a lift. We were picked up by a truck driver who was heading directly to Buenos Aires (the luck of the Irish, wah?!) and so this was an easy journey for us.
Along the route, we stopped at different gas stations, had grub and even took a nap at a truck stop.
It is possible that the 700 km journey may be broken, depending on where the drivers headed. In this case, the main aim is to get to the large towns of Villa Maria and Rosario where you can easily spend the night should you become stuck.
However, we are certain that won’t happen.
Happy hitching and like always, if you have any questions or helpful updates feel free to comment below or pop us an email.