Coming Up: Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo

(Photo by Bruno Belcastro)

The annual Campeonato Abierto de Polo will be kicking off this weekend in Palermo. The event, which was first carried out in 1893,  is the most important Polo competition of the year and is also one of the most frequented social functions by the local elite and international polo players.

The tournament will begin this Saturday 19th of November and will be held every weekend until the 10th of December at the Campo Argentino de Polo. This is a great chance for those looking to participate in a truly Argentine experience and watch top quality Polo.

Tickets available here.

 

Campo Argentino de Polo

Av. Del Libertador 4350 – Palermo

4777-8005

Buenos Aires for Football Fans

(Photo by Globovisión)

One of the things Argentina is known for is its football (soccer) fever. With one of the oldest National Football Associations in the world, dating back to 1893, 2 world cups, 2 gold Olympic medals, and legendary players such as the famous Maradona and Lionel Messi (currently one of the top world players), the sport is more than just a game for the locals, it is a part of the culture.   Football is about belonging; each team represents a neighborhood, a social class, and is sacred to its fans. Present in tangos and chants, in parks and backyards, football is a great way to get to know the local culture which is why we’ve put together a few recommended places, tangos, and activities where it takes center stage.

Tangos:

El Sueño del Pibe

Patadura

Bars:

For sentimental paraphernalia: El Banderin

A traditional spot in the Almagro scene, El Banderín is a place with a very personal identity.  This welcoming bar got its name from the many national and international football team flags (banderin), which are hanging from every bit of free space on the wall.  The flags were collected by one of its first owners so there is not only variety but also a few relics and the warm ambiance makes it a special place to visit and sit down for a few beers. Guardia Vieja 3601, Almagro. 4862-7757.

To watch a game: Locos por el Fútbol

As the name suggests Locos por el futbol (Mad about football) is a bar for hard-core fans of the game. With various screens so that everyone can see, and a thematic menu, this is the place to go to watch a game, drink a beer and mingle amongst agitated fans.  Azcuenaga 1898, Recoleta. 4807-3777.

Tours:

 

Boca Experience:  If you want to watch a live game, get to know the stadium and the Boca Museum, this is a great tour to take as you will be transported to and from the stadium and have, tickets, seating and a guide to take care of you. More information here.

Buenos Aires Football Tour: Travel Tango offers tours of River Plate and Boca Stadiums as well as transport to and from the hotel and tour guides to accompany you to the matches. More information here.

Play Yourself!

Another interesting option is to engage in a game of football yourself. The BAFA (Buenos Aires Futbol Amigos) is an international group of guys who team up to play football, socialize, and top it of with great asados. More information here.

We Recommend: Polo Lessons!

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Since 1610 the gauchos were already on their horses playing “Pato”, a national sport very similar to Polo. Nowadays Pato it is still played but Polo has taken a bigger stand and has become, one of the most successful sports in Argentina, next to football and rugby. Polo players such as Adolfo Cambiaso, and Nacho Figueras have become obtained great national and international acclaim exemplifying the quality of the sport in Argentina.

The popularity of the sport has led there to be many Polo tournaments which are great events to attend, and it is also possible to take a Polo lesson, which is a fun alternative to get to know this interesting sport.    In Buenos Aires, Polo Elite offer individual and group lessons in English for all levels. They also offer the opportunity to go to a polo match with an English speaking polo player to guide you through the game.

You can find an overview of Polo rules here.

Polo Elite

4942-0558

info@poloelite.com

Off the Beaten Path: Museo de Xul Solar

     

Art can sometimes be taken so seriously that all the fun is dragged out of it. If you tend towards a more playful approach to life, or if you are an art loving chess whiz, you will definitely love the Xul Solar museum. It not only exhibits this artists colorful metaphysical dreamlike paintings, but also some of his nutty but brilliant inventions, such as a new global language (he would have loved the internet!), and the Panjuego, a game which he made up and played with many of his friends including Borges whose books he sometimes illustrated.  Unfortunately for us, as the game changed every time it was played, there are no rules that specify how to go about it, otherwise we would be more than happy to challenge you to a Panjuego tournament in this lovely intimate art museum on a rainy afternoon!