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San Antonio de Areco/Argentina

Introducing San Antonio de Areco

Nestled among lush farmlands, San Antonio de Areco is one of the prettiest town in the pampas. About 115km northwest of Buenos Aires, it welcomes many day-tripping porteños who come for the peaceful atmosphere and picturesque colonial streets. The town dates from the early 18th century and preserves a great deal of criollo and gaucho traditions, especially among its artisans, who produce very fine silverwork and saddlery. Gauchos from all over the pampas show up for November’s Día de la Tradición, where you can catch them and their horses strutting the cobbled streets in all their finery.

San Antonio de Areco’s compact town center and quiet streets are very walkable. Around the Plaza Ruiz de Arellano, named in honor of the town’s founding estanciero (estancia owner), are several historic buildings, including the iglesia parroquial (parish church).

The puente viejo (old bridge; 1857), across the Río Areco, follows the original cart road to northern Argentina. Once a toll crossing, it’s now a pedestrian bridge leading to San Antonio de Areco’s main attraction, the Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes.

Areco shuts down during siesta time in the afternoon.