Any fair day is a good day to go to San Antonio de Areco. The ideal time to visit though is during the gaucho festival, which celebrates the ‘Day of the Gaucho’ on the 10th of November. Gauchos and their horses from all over Argentina come galloping through the cobbled streets to compete in cowboy competitions in a festival that resembles a grand country fair.
-By car: Take the Panamerican Highway towards Pilar, then head 115 km down Route 8. Be sure to carry small bills; there are two tollbooths on the road.
-By public transport: Chevalier, with 17 buses daily, is probably the best option to arrive at San Antonio de Areco from Buenos Aires via public transport. Reserve your ticket with a Visa or MasterCard by phone by calling 4000-5255 or just purchase them in Retiro, at stand number 67 or 73. The trip takes about an hour-and-a-half and costs AR$23.
San Antonio de Areco is easily explored by foot or bike but to reach some of the estancias outside of town you may need to call a remis, or car service.
Tel: (02326) 455-444
Tel: (02326) 452-254
Many businesses in San Antonio de Areco only take cash, there are three easy-to-find ATMs in town.
Food and Drinks:
-Cafe de las Artes-$$
Tel: (02326) 456-398
-El Boliche de Bessonart-$
Corner of Segundo Sombra and Zapiola
-La Esquina de Merti-$$/ credit cards accepted
Hours: Sun-Thur: 9am-2am, Fri and Sat until 3am
-Puesto La Lechuza-$$/$$$
Victorino Althaparro 423
Cell: (02326) 15-40-5745
Hours: Weekends only, until late
San Antonio is famed for its leather and silverwares, shoppers will find plenty to take home just wandering around the town.
Arellano 59 (Best value for traditional clothes for adults and children)
(Inexpensive apargatos, traditional canvas sandles, in a small arcade of artisan shops)
-Ricardo Güiraldes Museum
Camino R. Güiraldes.
Hours: Wed-Mon, 11 am-5pm AR$ 4.-
-Usina Vieja Museum and Cultural Center
Hours: Tue-Sun, 11am—5 pm, AR$ 1.50-
Special Needs/Tourist Office:
San Antonio de Areco is recommended for disabled or special needs travelers who want a taste of Argentine cowboy life — the government has undertaken special initiatives to make the town accessible. Patio Moreno, a newer hotel right in the center of town is also fully accessible. Visit the San Antonio de Areco tourist office downtown at the corner of Zerboni and Arellano for any special requests or call them at (2326) 453-165 any day of the week from 8 am until 7pm.