Top 10 Things to do in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

September 24, 2017 Major Galusha

A compact small town nearly 70 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco is in the heart of the Argentine Pampas region. It’s a great 1½-hour day trip by car or bus from Buenos Aires—or the perfect jumping-off point for those who choose to visit at a nearby estancia, or a traditional large rural ranch and estate. Major attractions here include the colonial sights of San Antonio de Areco itself, the Museum of the Gaucho (which celebrates Argentine cowboys), and a variety of estancias themselves, which are located within two hours of San Antonio de Areco. If you don’t feel like planning your own itinerary, several tour and travel companies will coordinate your visit and arrange your estancia stay.
Restaurants in San Antonio de Areco

1. Areco Tradicion

San Antonio de Areco B2760ABH, Argentina
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5 based on 110 reviews

Areco Tradicion

Our tours from Buenos Aires provide the opportunity to know, share the traditions and values of Argentinian gauchos keeping the figure of gaucho as emblem of identity. In the Estancia El Ombu you will apreciate the beauty and simplicity of the Pampas nature, and learn about the rural life. You'll meet real gauchos, and participate in activities such as horseback riding or carriage rides. Enjoying gaucho skills with horses and traditional folk music. Our mission: develop customized getaways throughout the year in order to share the traditions and values of Argentinian gauchos with our visitors. So come and discover the town of San Antonio de Areco, the national capital of tradition, as well as an authentic Estancia of the pampa, for an unforgettable human experience. Areco Tradición is registered within the Argentinian Tourism Ministry, under the Travel and Tourism license number 16214.

Reviewed By 384janam

me and my bf had an amazing day trip in the pampa (in Areco and in the estancia) with Areco tradicion. we really enjoyed it and def would recommend it. great way to learn about the gaucho culture, experience the pampa and asado! best empanadas!

2. Museo Las Lilas de Areco

Calle Moreno 279, San Antonio de Areco B2760BWE, Argentina +54 2326 45-6425
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4.5 based on 202 reviews

Museo Las Lilas de Areco

Museo dedicado a la obra del artista Florencio Molina Campos

Reviewed By Esther2013_13 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I wasn't familiar with this artist but his style is engaging as well as being relevant to this area and the museum is well worth spending a half hour or so in. There was also a small photo exhibition with gaucho photographs in a separate room.

3. Museo Draghi

Calle Lavalle 387 | Frente a la Plaza Principal, San Antonio de Areco B2760BME, Argentina
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Museo Draghi

Reviewed By MJP997 - Mississauga, Canada

managed by the family of the first silversmith in town. Very nice work. Well kept and located in the centre of town.

4. Parroquia San Antonio de Padua

Calle B Mitre 366, San Antonio de Areco B2760BVH, Argentina
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Parroquia San Antonio de Padua

Reviewed By TravellerRoy - Buenos Aires

This church opened in 1728 and is remarkably well preserved. It is located on the main plaza and always open for viewing. With a colonial feel on the outside and a mix of Gothic and neoclassical styles on the inside it is well worth a visit. One of the first buildings in San Antonio de Areco this led to the town's foundation.

5. Museo Gauchesco y Parque Criollo Ricardo Guiraldes

Camino a Jose Guiraldes, San Antonio de Areco B2760ATA, Argentina +54 2326 45-5839
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Museo Gauchesco y Parque Criollo Ricardo Guiraldes

Reviewed By JMGeneva - Geneva, Switzerland

This is a pretty nice place a short stroll from the town's center. The Museum is fairly informative and the park is very pleasant with good information on the estancia's life and history. A good way to spend a couple of hours in San Antonio... and even for free!

6. La Olla de Cobre

Matheu 433, San Antonio de Areco, Argentina +54 2326 45-3105
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La Olla de Cobre

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Imperdible en Areco. Parada mas que obligada para llevar chocolates surtidos y sobre todo los Alfajores. El local es cómodo aunque hay gente siempre pero son muy amables y dejan probar antes de elegir lo cual ayuda mucho.
Excelente, volveremos!.

7. Estancia La Portena de Areco

Km N 110 Ruta Nacional 8, San Antonio de Areco 2760, Argentina +54 9 11 5626-7347
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Estancia La Portena de Areco

For the Horse lovers we have a very special proposal: Guided horse with a Gaucho in a traditional Estancia from San Antonio de Areco:Tour inside the Estancia by the woods to the Areco's River. Ride and enjoy beautiful landscapes and cross different fields with crops and cattle.Includes:ride in the morning and afetrnoun, meat pies and beverages, lunch (asado) and tea time. Includes:

Reviewed By eddlestoner - London, United Kingdom

We went to the estancia for un dia del campo (a day in the countryside) - we had wanted to stay for a couple of nights but they were fully booked - it was incredible! The most beautiful, relaxing grounds, loads of friendly cats and dogs, delicious asado lunch, and to top it off fantastic horseriding with a gaucho. They allow their guests to take the day exactly as they want to - slow and relaxed or as much horseriding as you can fit in! I didn't see the accommodation but I'd be back here in a heartbeat to stay! One day I will be back! Absolute highlight of our time in Argentina.

8. La Florita Dia de Campo

Blvd. Guiraldes, San Antonio de Areco 2760, Argentina +54 9 2326 40-0109
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

La Florita Dia de Campo

La Florita es una autentica casa de campo, construida a fines del siglo XIX. El verde paisaje y la fauna autoctona (caballos, vacas, terneritos, gallinas y ovejas), son algunos de sus tantos atractivos. El dia de campo incluye: recepcion de empanadas y bebidas, paseos a caballo, almuerzo criollo, guitarreada folklorica, destrezas criollas y te/cafe o mate acompanado de pastelitos o torta.

Reviewed By David T - Bethesda, Maryland

Simply the most amazing place if you want to spend an authentic "dia de campo" in Argentina. Juan Pablo is the sweetest guy in the world, and he will make your kids very happy riding horses, playing with cows and sheep. The dogs are the friendliest in the world, and the meat they serve at the Asado is really excellent. Decent wine, good music, all at a very affordable price. Honestly, do NOT spend hundreds of dollars in some of the neighboring high end Estancias. If you want a unique and real Argentine country experience, just go to La Florita. We will be back there next year for sure!

9. Centro de Interpretacion Ferroviario Vagues

En la ESTACION Vagues Ruta Provincial 41, San Antonio de Areco B2760CIA, Argentina +54 2326 45-3165
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Centro de Interpretacion Ferroviario Vagues

Reviewed By FEDERICO MARTIN J - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Un mini museo ferroviario hecho en una estación de tren en desuso, no es para ir adrede pero si uno ya está en la zona de San Antonio de Areco vale la pena visitarlo.

10. Puente Viejo

San Antonio de Areco, Argentina
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Puente Viejo

Reviewed By JA Experiences N - Buenos Aires, Argentina

the bridge is a historical landmark in the small gaucho town. It appears that half of the bridge is gone as half of it was restored by a new model style bridge. Nevertheless, the old one is nice to see.

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