San Antonio de Areco

San Antonio de Areco
City
A modern-day gaucho takes a stab at Carrera de sortija (ring-spearing contest)
A modern-day gaucho takes a stab at Carrera de sortija (ring-spearing contest)
San Antonio de Areco is located in Argentina
San Antonio de Areco
San Antonio de Areco
Location in Argentina
Coordinates: 34°15′S 59°28′W / 34°15′S 59°28′W / -34.250; -59.467
Country Argentina
ProvinceBandera Buenos Aires.svg Buenos Aires
PartidoSan Antonio de Areco
FoundedOctober 23, 1730
Elevation26 m (85 ft)
Population (2010 census)
 • Total23,114
CPA BaseB 2760
Area code(s)+54 2326

San Antonio de Areco is a city in northern Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, and administrative seat of the partido of San Antonio de Areco. It is located on the Areco River 113 km (70 mi) away from Buenos Aires city, the country's capital.

San Antonio de Areco was founded in 1730, under the protection of a chapel inaugurated by José Ruiz de Arellano. It has been declared city of historic national interest by the Argentine Government and is recognized for being the homeland of Don Segundo Sombra, the immortal character of the novel written by Ricardo Güiraldes. The city is the home of the Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes. Each year in November, the city holds the Día de la Tradición (Tradition Day) gaucho celebration.Since 2001, San Antonio de Areco is sister city of Laredo, Texas in the United States.

Geographical features

Population: the city has 23,114 inhabitants (INDEC, 2010), against 17 764 inhabitants registered in the previous census (INDEC, 2001).

San Antonio de Areco is located in the north east region of Buenos Aires province.