Altitude: 35 meters/115 feet, Population: 21,300, Telephone Code: 02326
San Antonio de Areco, a dusty little gaucho town in the north of Buenos Aires province, provides a center for pampas ranch culture. Thereâ€™s little there but leather and silver shops and a museum or two, but the town is charming with its own character. The tree lined streets and neighborhoods lie along the lazy Areco river, in a place where hitching posts sit outside of stores and kids ride bikes in the street. The town is surrounded by estancĂas, and youâ€™ll occasionally see a bombacha bedecked gaucho riding through on horseback, or stepping into a bar for a drink. This is a great stop for Argentine culture, especially on either end of an estancĂa stay. At the top of Arellano street, near the river, a small cabin houses the Tourist Information center, where friendly staff will help with anything you need- theyâ€™ll set up activities, give you information about the area, or lend you a bike for the day.
Founded in 1730 to honor San Antonio de Padua, San Antonio de Areco can be considered as Argentina's gauchos capital. Situated in the middle of farmlands, the 18th century city is one of the prettiest town of the Pampas region. Because of its age, the city has a lot of sites of historical importance that are worth visiting, such as La Antigua Casa Municipal, la Antigua Imprenta de Colombo and more...The city is proud of its gauchos heritage and celebrates it through an annual "Fiesta de la TradiciĂłn", which takes place every November. During this festival, artisans, painters, writers, singers, dancers and all professions participating in the cultural identity of the city perform, perpetrating the gauchos traditions. Another of the city's attraction is the Museo Gauchesco Ricardo GĂĽiraldes exposes restored and fabricated buildings of colonial style. San Antonio de Areco is also known for the quality of its artisans, especially for its Pago de Areco. The city also produces delicious cheese, ham, chocolates and other candies such as dulces de leche.San Antonio de Areco hosts a lot of stylish cafes and restaurants. La Ochova de Cocota (V.Alsina and LN Alem. Tel: 452176) serves home-made quiches, cakes, pizzas and good cocktails in a cosy atmosphere. The accomodation options are various, from hotels to the rent of bungalows and cabins, and of course hostels such as the Hostel Gaucho (Zerboni 308. Tel: 453625).