The Best Quick Getaways Only a Stone’s Throw From Buenos Aires

There are plenty of great options for getting some fresh air and recharging your batteries before a trip around the rest of the country that are only a stone’s throw from the Porteño capital. After spending a few days enjoying Buenos Aires, many people decide to go on a short break to enjoy different outdoor activities and visit some of the region’s most well-known historic towns. Below, we’ve put together a list of the best destinations which are perfect for making a quick pitstop, whether that’s for a few hours or a few days, without having to travel too far from the capital.

There are plenty of great options for getting some fresh air and recharging your batteries before a trip around the rest of the country that are only a stone’s throw from the Porteño capital.

San Antonio de Areco

Declared as a City of Historic National Interest, this town, which is only 114 kilometers from Buenos Aires, will take visitors on a trip back through time so that they feel truly immersed in the Gaucho tradition. Anyone who comes here should start their visit with a walk around the picturesque historic center, making sure not to miss the traditional Circuito de los Artesanos Arequeros. At lunchtime, it’s a great idea to find a local pulpería (a traditional corner shop) so you can sit down and enjoy a barbecued meal in a relaxed and friendly setting, which locals themselves use every day.

Declared as a City of Historic National Interest, this town, which is only 114 kilometers from Buenos Aires, will take visitors on a trip back through time so that they feel truly immersed in the Gaucho tradition. Anyone who comes here should start their visit with a walk around the picturesque historic center, making sure not to miss the traditional Circuito de los Artesanos Arequeros. At lunchtime, it’s a great idea to find a local pulpería (a traditional corner shop) so you can sit down and enjoy a barbecued meal in a relaxed and friendly setting, which locals themselves use every day.

Tigre

Known as the Venice of South America, the port town of Tigre has everything to make visitors fall in love with it. An excellent way to explore the inner part of this town is by reserving a place on El Descanso Island. On this island in the Paraná Delta – which can be reached by speedboat, private boat and even by helicopter -, travelers can discover the charm of the area while enjoying a variety of activities: guided walks through its natural gardens which are packed with works of art, bird watching and sampling the typical island cuisine in an utterly peaceful environment.

And for those that fancy it, you can also go kayaking through the town’s canals to appreciate the beauty of the islands and their lush vegetation from a different perspective. Before returning to dry land, we’d recommend stopping at the Casa Sarmiento Museum, which was formerly the holiday home of the famous Argentinian president Domingo Sarmiento. Today, it’s protected by an impressive-looking glass structure.

Colonia del Sacramento

By crossing the Río de la Plata, you’ll arrive at Colonia del Sacramento, one of Uruguay’s main tourist destinations and an ideal spot for anyone who’s looking to place a quick pause on their trip around Argentina. Walk through the cobbled streets of its historic center (which cars rarely drive through) looking for the traditional Calle de los Suspiros, the Portón del Campo (the old city gate) or the town’s lighthouse, visit its wide beaches to enjoy unique views over the Río de la Plata and try some of the specialties of the Charrúa cuisine in the local, traditional stores. These are just a few of the top activities to do in this city where time stands still.

Anyone who plans on visiting for more than a day, shouldn’t miss out on seeing the Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos, a monument built in 1910 which is only a few minutes from the city center.

Estancias

Another option for those who want to experience a bit of nature but don’t have the time to go too far from the capital is to book a day in the countryside of Buenos Aires province. For example, in the ranches of El Ombú de Areco (San Antonio de Areco) and La Bandada (San Miguel del Monte), visitors can take part in outdoor activities (such as horseback riding, horse and cart rides and bicycle rides), or choose to relax in the ranches’ facilities.

And don’t forget that for lunch and dinner, you’ll be able to tuck into a real criollo barbecue in both of the ranches’ restaurants.

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