I wanted to get to Buenos Aires but knowing that would be the final stop of this adventure, I didn’t want to get there quite yet. I’ve regularly used the standard traveler’s guide Lonely Planet to look up ideas of places to go and that’s how I ended up here, in San Antonio de Areco.
I rode into the town after a few hours of passing farm land and estancias. The cobblestone streets of the center of town were quiet as I rode down them towards the park and the tourism office. In small towns like this I’ve found the info centers have the nicest and most helpful staff waiting to offer advice. The woman working helped me find an affordable hotel room for $10 a night.
The hotel was what you might expect for a private room with wifi for $10. The owners were in the middle of painting and fixing the place up. No smoking signs were posted around but the room wreaked of smoke. The person in the room next door apparently just stayed in their room watching tv and smoking all day long. As developed as Argentina is they seem to consistently have some of the oddest shower/bathroom setups. Here’s my bathroom at this hotel.
Set on the flat pampas San Antonio sets itself apart by preserving it’s gaucho history. The town has been known for it’s silversmiths and cowboy heritage festivals. The whole town is walkable so I parked the moto and spent two days walking around.
Just across the river lies the towns main attraction, Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes. The estancia was built to tell the story of Argentina’s gaucho history and the legacy of author, Ricardo Güiraldes. The author’s most well known work is Dom Segundo Sombra, a novel about a gaucho.
San Antonio de Areco was the perfect stop before riding my last ride into Buenos Aires. I wanted to ride to Uruguay but my passport didn’t have enough space to stamp out and back into Argentina. The US consulate in Buenos Aires can give new pages but it isn’t cheap. Less than 100 miles left of this adventure but almost a month until I fly home.