Festival of Tradition 2018

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This year, we’re celebrating the 79th Festival of Tradition in San Antonio de Areco!

The town of San Antonio de Areco, as well as being a cultural landmark of tradition, has hosted the Festival of Tradition since 1939, it’s the oldest gaucho celebration in Argentina. Every year it takes place on the weekend closest to the 10th of November, a historical date which corresponds to the birthday of the author and Argentine poet José Hernandez. José Hernandez wrote, among other works, the famous Gaucho poem Martin Fierro.

Today, it has become a national event that begins eight days earlier with the Week of Tradition and concludes with an impressive Gaucho cowboy parade and Gaucho skills demonstrations which ends at the Parque Criollo Ricardo Güiraldes.

During these eight days, San Antonio de Areco shows its true identity and heritage as a traditional town of the Pampas. The festival is a chance for local cowboys to show off their skills with a number of competitions and exhibitions, along with celebrating the culture that surrounds the Gaucho way of life, including typical food, folkloric music & dancing and handicrafts.

Authentic folkloric music accompanies the festival, and underscores how the Arequeros (inhabitants of San Antonio de Areco) are the guardians of Argentine tradition. The Gaucho, proud of his past, including strong values ​​of courage, freedom and loyalty, continues to renew his attachment to this alternative way of life through this annual celebration.

Immerse yourself in the Gaucho traditions and take part in one of our excursions

Day Tour | Festival of Tradition

Available on Saturday, 10th November & Sunday, 11th November 2018

8 am | We will pick you up at your hotel in Buenos Aires around 8 am. On arrival in San Antonio de Areco, you will be greeted by your guide who will introduce you to the Festival of Tradition with mate & Argentine pastries. We will then visit the Ricardo Güiraldes Museum, walk along the Old Bridge, past the river and take a quick tour through the old town (only on Saturday).  If you join us on Sunday, you will be treated to the Gaucho Parade in town.

1 pm | Both days we will have a traditional asado lunch with salads and drinks in town. The whole afternoon will be spent in the Criollo Park enjoying this popular event, which includes; gaucho skills demonstration, intermingling of the herds and rodeos etc.

5 pm | End of the program and return to your hotel in Buenos Aires.

The tour includes: Transfers to and from Buenos Aires – bilingual guide for the whole day – Traditional asado Lunch – Guided tour of the historical center and the Ricardo Güiraldes Museum (Saturday only) – Gaucho Parade (Sunday only) – Show at the Criollo Park. Duration: from 8 am to 7 pm.

2-Day Tour | Festival of Tradition with overnight in Estancia

Available from 09th November to 12th November 2018

Day 1 | We will pick you up at your hotel in Buenos Aires around 8 am. On arrival in San Antonio de Areco, you will be greeted by your guide who will introduce you to the Festival of Tradition with mate & Argentine pastries. We will then visit the Ricardo Güiraldes Museum, walk along the Old Bridge, past the river and take a quick tour through the old town (only on Saturday).  If you join us on Sunday, you will be treated to the Gaucho Parade in town.

1 pm – Both days we will have a traditional asado lunch with salads and drinks in town. The whole afternoon will be spent in the Criollo Park enjoying this popular event, which includes; Gaucho skills demonstration, intermingling of the herds and rodeos.

5:30 pm – We will head to the Estancia El Ombú or La Porteña where we will spend time horseback riding before having dinner. Overnight stay at the Estancia.

Day 2 | After breakfast, you will be able to enjoy some time to yourself at the Estancia. You can partake in any of the following activities: walking around the Estancia, horseback riding, carriage tours and even swimming at the various pools. For lunch, you will be invited to eat a delicious asado (a variety of grilled meats). Then you will have the rest of the afternoon to discover folkloric music, destrezas gauchas (Gaucho skills demonstration) and enjoy the natural surroundings at the Estancia.

4:30 pm – You will start the trip back to Buenos Aires and you will arrive at your hotel around 6 pm.

The tour includes: Transfers to and from Buenos Aires – Bilingual guide for the whole first day – Traditional lunch – Guided tour of the historical center and the Ricardo Güiraldes Museum (Saturday only) – Gaucho Parade (Sunday only) & show at the Criollo Park – Overnight Stay at the Estancia All-inclusive – All activities at the Estancia (horseback riding, carriage, bicycle, swimming pool). Duration: 2 Days.

Please contact us for rates and availability.