(Photo by Eduardo Amorim)
To the North of Buenos Aires province, just 113 Km’s away from the city, lies a little town abuzz with visitors looking for a bit of history and a taste of gaucho life. The homeland of Segundo Ramirez, a local gaucho who poet and novelist Ricardo Güiraldes was inspired by when writing Don Segundo Sombra, one of the pillars of Argentine literature, is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the typical countryside gaucho life, to find native silverwork and traditional crafts, and explore historic landmarks.
Check out historic Gaucho artifacts and learn more about this Argentine archetype at the beautiful Museo Gauchesco y Parque Criollo Ricardo Güiraldes which is structured like an eighteenth century hacienda.
The Pampa Indigenas were already adorning their wives with silver bracelets way before the Spanish colonized the area so it should come as no surprise that one of the local specialties should be silverwork. The Centro Cultural and Museo Taller Draghi showcases some of the finest examples of the elaborate designs of renowned silversmith Juan José Draghi.
Visit the historic bridge (Puente Viejo) and the San Antonio de Padua church, two of the first constructions of the town.
Take a canoe down the river, ride a horse through the open fields or go sports fishing to enjoy the natural environment San Antonio de Areco has to offer. Contact services here.
Stop for a sweet treat at La Olla de Cobre, where Carlos and Teresita make their own chocolate starting from the processing of the cacao bean to the delicious end product. Don’t miss their fantastic alfajores!
How to get there?
Two options are available to get to San Antonio de Areco, one is by car, the other by bus.
By car take Ruta 8.
By bus: Head to the Retiro Bus Terminal where bus companies are grouped together by region. Chevalier has a bus to Areco that takes about two hours. During the summer season it is advised to buy tickets ahead of time.
Where to stay?
There are various estancias, inns and Bed & Breakfasts to choose from. Some of the more known options are Estancia La Porteña de Areco, El Ombu de Areco, and Paradores Draghi.
Go on a weekday to avoid crowds and if you’re traveling in November don’t miss Tradition Week where festivities and local customs are celebrated all month.