Taking place from July 1st until July 24th, the 43rd Copa América ("America Cup") is under way in Argentina. Over the three weeks twelve teams from the South American Football Confederation will play off against each other for the coveted cup. The countries taking part are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. If you're going, or thinking of catching a game, read on as we've put together a roundup of what to look out for in each city the games are being held in.
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and is the third most populous area in all of South America after São Paulo and Rio de Janiero. For tourists, it has some really great parks, museums and the famous Metropolitan Cathedral. And of course, the Unico Stadium. This impressive structure is situated in La Plata and was first opened in 2003. It shares the surrounding area with a rugby stadium and a physical education center, establishing the region as a significant sports locus. The arena however is multifunctional, and is no stranger to fame considering it provided the platform on which Irish band U2 performed a component of their their U2 360° tour. For most of July this year though the stadium will be the center of attention for footballers and football fans the world over as the Copa América gets into full swing. Hosted here will be five games, the first of which sees Argentina playing Bolivia on July 1st.
Located in Argentina's north-central portion of the Mendoza province, Mendoza city is its capital. Most of the matches played here for the Copa América are in the evening, so if you happen to be attending one of the games it's an ideal spot to spend the morning and lunch checking out the local attractions or having a drink in one of its bars. La Carmela (Av. Arístides Villanueva 298) is on the city's main street, located close to the stadium, and offers an excellent selection of typical Argentinian fare. Out of the four matches it is hosting, its first is taking place on July 8th when Uruguay plays Chile.
This city lies roughly 700km northwest of Buenos Aires on the Suquía River. It has a rich diversity of well-preserved historical monuments dating centuries ago from the time of Spanish colonialism. Football (like everywhere in Argentina) is hugely popular here, with basketball, rugby, golf and tennis also occupying notable slices of the Córdoba sports pie. The Argentina v Costa Rica match hosted here on July 7th is sure to be an exciting one so be sure to watch.
With about half a million inhabitants, Salta is Argentina's eighth largest city in terms of population. Nestled in the footholls of the Andes mountain range, lies roughly kilometer above sea level. Its citizens are very enthusiastic about football and some of the more notable local clubs include Juventud Antoniana, Gimnasia y Tiro de Salta and Central Norte, which each boast a small army of loyal supporters. Ecuador and Venezuela will be the first two teams to face off against each other here, and you can watch how it plays out on July 9th.
Two major football teams that play in the first division have a home in La Plata: Estudiantes de La Plata and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. For the most significant tourist hotspots, you should visit Streets 51 and 53 at the heart of the town's Moreno Plaza. There one can find the famous cathedral and city hall. Don't forget to tune in and watch the first of its matches on July 12th, when Uruguay and Mexico compete for victory in the initial round.
Located in northeastern Argentina, Santa Fe is the capital of a province of the same name. The main attractions here are Convento y Museo de San Francisco which is the city’s main landmark and El Qunicho de Chiquito, a restaurant famed for its fish. Plus it’s also famed for its nightlife, with the Recoleta neighbourhood being the place to be. The stadium being used here is Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López which is home to Club Atlético Colón. It can hold approximately 33,000 fans.
San Salvador de Jujuy
If you’re heading to the province of Jujuy in the northwest of Argentina, make sure to check out its capital city, San Salvador de Jujuy. Boasting a spectacular setting, the city is a great base for those of you who prefer to spend most of your time on outdoor activities like trekking. There is also plenty to catch your attention within San Salvador de Jujuy itself, including impressive examples of colonial architecture and a spectacular cathedral. Head to this city and you’ll get a real taste of traditional Argentinean culture.
Home to approximately half a million people, San Juan is located in the Tulum Valley, west of the San Juan River. Due to its proximity to Mendoza, it misses out on many visitors who don’t leave its larger counterpart. But having less visitors has its benefits – the wineries (what the area is best-known for) are far less crowded here. The city is also famed for its museums. With a capacity of approximately 25,000 people, the stadium hosting games here are Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, Sanchez de Loria.
From all of us here at Hostelworld, we hope you enjoy the following few weeks of this fantastic and important championship.