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El Puesto is located in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina... More...
The shady waterways, picturesque cobbled streets and historic 18th-century buildings of San Antonio de Areco make it a pretty, peaceful escape. It's located on the banks of the Areco River in Argentina, and at just 113km northwest of Buenos Aires, it's a favourite day trip of the city's residents. Craftsmanship is central to the town's history, and you can find examples of its traditional silverwork and saddlery as you weave through the streets. Make sure you get your timings right though, as the bustle dies down each afternoon during siesta.
Hostels in San Antonio de Areco include a building with more than 100 years of history set in the lush countryside and a place in the centre close to the town's historic heart. There's a San Antonio de Areco hostel with a swimming pool: perfect for taking a cooling dip. Meet new people and swap stories in a hostel garden or common room. If you're a fan of freebies, look out for San Antonio de Areco hostels that put on a complimentary breakfast, along with free Wi-Fi and bed linen.
The town centre of San Antonio de Areco is home to its historic attractions, including the 18th-century Parroquia San Antonio de Padua Church and the central Plaza Ruiz de Arellano square. That's also where you'll find the main bars and restaurants that make up the town's nightlife scene. For shopping, head to Alsina and Arellano streets, where there are traditional craft shops selling leather goods and textiles.
Gaucho (cowboy) culture and verdant parks top the list of attractions in San Antonio de Areco. You can combine seeing the sights with a true cowboy experience by taking a guide-led tour on horseback. Spend an afternoon strolling Ribera de Areco riverside and San Martín Park to take in the lush greenery and relax. If you arrive in November, don't miss the colourful Fiesta de la Tradición with its gaucho parade and thrilling horse riding demonstrations.
The centre of San Antonio de Areco is easily walkable as it's such a compact town. You can fly into Ezeiza International Airport in nearby Buenos Aires then either catch a bus, or micro, from the Retiro bus station in the city centre (it takes around 2 hours). You could also rent a car and drive. The train will take you to Capilla del Señor (just under 3 hours) and you can get a taxi from there.