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In the flatness of the Pampas, barely two hours west of Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco is a world apart. Even in the city center, with its low-slung houses, cars brake for pedestrians, with bicycles and sometimes horsecarts the preferred means of transport. In November, it's the site of the annual Fiesta de la Tradición, romanticizing the country's gaucho heritage. San Antonio has several museums that honor that tradition, most notably the Parque Criollo y Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes, which belonged to its namesake novelist who wrote the classic "Don Segundo Sombra." The most interactively interesting, though, is the Primer ...

In the flatness of the Pampas, barely two hours west of Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco is a world apart. Even in the city center, with its low-slung houses, cars brake for pedestrians, with bicycles and sometimes horsecarts the preferred means of transport. In November, it's the site of the annual Fiesta de la Tradición, romanticizing the country's gaucho heritage. San Antonio has several museums that honor that tradition, most notably the Parque Criollo y Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes, which belonged to its namesake novelist who wrote the classic "Don Segundo Sombra." The most interactively interesting, though, is the Primer Museo Nacional y Taller Abierto de Platería, where visitors can watch local silversmiths produce custom work, some of which includes horse gear but also ceremonial gourds and straws for sipping yerba mate, Argentina's infusion of choice. In the vicinity, several estancias now serve as guest ranches, though not in the sense that North American dude ranches do — visitors might go riding, or even play polo, but nobody expects to participate in slaughtering the beef for the evening's barbecue.

Wayne Bernhardson
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Wayne Bernhardson is the author of Moon Handbooks to Argentina, Buenos Aires (including coastal Uruguay), Chile (including Easter Island), and Patagonia (including the Falkland Islands).

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: San Antonio de Areco is a town in northern Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. It is located on the Areco River 113 km (70 mi) away from Buenos Aires, the country's capital.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Argentine Peso
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    All year, but summers are hot and muggy. Mid-November gets crowded because of the gaucho-oriented Fiesta de la Tradición.