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You come here first and foremost to relax. Once that's accomplished, visit the once prestigious Hotel Edén (east end of Av. Edén). During the first half of the 20th century, it hosted the likes of Albert Einstein, the Duke of Savoy, two presidents of Argentina, and other members of Argentine high society. The hotel fell out of favor after World War II, because its owners had been Nazi sympathizers. Boarded up by 1960, the castlelike hotel was left to ruin. The insides have been completely gutted, but, amazingly, the entrance fountain still operates. Ninety-minute guided tours run daily between 10am and 6pm. Admission is $7 (£4.75). There's a bar adjacent to the ghost lobby with pictures of the grand old dame in its day. Outside the city, various adventure agencies offer horseback riding, trekking, mountain biking, hang gliding, and 4WD excursions into the Sierras Chicas. Contact Polo Tour, Av. Edén 444 (tel. 354/847-0795), for details. You might also consider taking a taxi, which is inexpensive, toward La Cumbre, where numerous handicrafts shops and stands dot the road.

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