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Paradores Draghi in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

June 11, 2012 by

Visiting Buenos Aires, but looking for a side trip to change up the scenery?

Just 90 minutes away, San Antonio de Areco is known for its gaucho culture. Set in the Pampas, and surrounded by working estancias (Spanish for ranch), San Antonio makes a great getaway for tango-ed out tourists.

Each year around November 10th, this sleepy little town springs to life for the famous Día de la Tradición—a festival that honors the traditions of the Argentinian cowboys, complete with folk dancing, music and various shows of horse riding skills.

But this town is still worth a stay, even if you don’t manage to make it in time for the festivities.

You can pony up hundreds of dollars to book a stay on a surrounding estancia. But if you’re looking to stay in town, where you can walk the streets adorned with pastel buildings or relax in the leafy, shade-soaked main square, your best bet is the Paradores Draghi.

This 5-room boutique hotel situated right off the square is a steal at only 100 dollars a night (at 4.48 Argentinian pesos to the dollar) including breakfast. During our stay here, we relaxed in our in-room jacuzzi, took advantage of free bike rentals, sipped wine in the private garden, swam in the serene outdoor pool, and filled up on homemade jams and breads for breakfast.

And the Draghi is more than just a hotel. Rooms back up to a silversmith workshop and museum filled with ornamental items for gauchos.

photo credits: Liz Behler

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