The colonial city of San Antonio de Areco, 120 kms from the capital is a must for those who want to discover the soul of the gauchos, the legendary cowboys of Latin America with their characteristic berets and bombachas (baggy trousers). Founded in 1730, the city was named after the Spanish general Areco who conquered the indigenous people. The Church of San Antonio, which dominates the Plaza Mayor, is the centre of the city, from which radiate the colonial streets surrounded by jacarandas, the emblematic trees of the areas around Buenos Aires. A little outside the city, you can discover the traditions and culture of the gauchos in the Guiraldes Museum, where an 18th century estancia has been recreated. San Antonio de Areco is also famous for the genius of its artisans and provides an opportunity to discover the work of world-renowned silversmith Mariano Draghi, who exhibits the most beautiful works of silver in his charming home.
Every November 10th since 1939, the city has been celebrating the ‘Day of Tradition.' Equestrian parades and destrezas Gauchas (gaucho horse skill performances) and a remarkable craft market, animate the streets. The big parade attracts thousands of gauchos on horseback from every province of the country to celebrate their culture. A rare sight.
San Antonio de Areco