Polo - Buenos Aires 9 Days/8 Nights Day 1: Meet and assistance at the airport. Transfer to the Alvear Palace Hotel. Afternoon three hours sightseeing tour visiting the most interesting sites of the city such as: PLAZA DE MAYO (May Square) and the buildings that surround it: the Cathedral, CASA ROSADA (Government House), CABILDO (Old city hall), THE CITY HALL, etc. Then on, to see the monumental CONGRESS BUILDING and its square and along 9 DE JULIO AVENUE, the widest in the world, to see the COLON THEATRE, the famous Opera House that stages the most important artists and musicians. We will also visit picturesque LA BOCA district that resembles a typical Italian neighborhood, the PALERMO PARKS and the historical RECOLETA CEMETERY with its ornate memorials and the old colonial style church Nuestra Señora del Pilar and the most elegant shops, restaurants and pavement Cafes. At night, dinner and Tango Show. Overnight at the hotel. Day 2: Transfer to the polo ranch. Polo and taqueo practice starts. Overnight at the ranch. DAY 3 to 8: After a light breakfast, the horses await you, ready to be mounted. There are horses for every level of rider: there are no excuses not to get on to a horse and take the plunge at individual practice. A typical day starts with a full breakfast. If you feel inclined you can then join the gauchos in the task of herding the ponies into the corral. This is followed by a stick and ball session or a lesson with one of our professional coaches. Then sit down to lunch and afterwards take a well-earned siesta or relax in the sunshine by the pool. In the afternoon 4-chukker games are played with teams made up of a maximum of 2 students on each team . A traditional Argentine asado rounds off a perfect day. Day 9: Transfer from the polo ranch to Ezeiza International Airport. YOUR TRIP INCLUDES: YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE: All ground transportation. Airline tickets. Guide service from arrival to departure. Laundry service. 8 nights accommodation. . Excursions according to the itinerary. Stick-and-balling and polo lessons. Full equipment provided except for helmet and boots. Full board at the polo ranch. Based on 2 passengers minimum. The Argentinean polo From the beginnings, polo was closely related to the Argentinean field and the richness of its pampas, that allow raising the best horses in the world. That is the reason why this country has the best players, internationally known for their natural abilities and related to the management of the horse. In this regard “La Legua Polo club” and “Estancia Sol de Mayo” are unique, both for their facilities, typical of Argentinean ranches, and the people working seriously but very warmly. One of our proposals is to take advantage of the 4 most important opens on Argentinean season, where you can enjoy the adrenaline of the world highest level polo, and combine it with our classes, practice and tournament programs. That is why we have two places according to the client’s needs. “Estancia Sol de Mayo”, located in Rojas, 220 km from Buenos Aires City, it offers an environment full of nature and relax, ideal to come with the family, and to visit the Argentinean Pampa and its typical customs. Located at the center of polo, in Pilar, we find “La Legua Polo Club”. Here you can have permanent contact with the activity in its most intense moment. Surrounded by clubs such as Ellerstina, Centauros, Asociación Argentina de Polo, where most of the polo is developed. 1. Accomodation: (a) Estancia Sol de Mayo: “Estancia Sol de Mayo” is an oasis very quiet, served and created by its owners and an incondicional group of reliable people, making the guests feel like home. The Estancia has one polo field, which is an all weather field with excellent accomodation for the horses. Set in 12400 acres of pictures ground and 124 acres of amazing gardens. It has two big and comfortable houses to accommodate their guests. One big house with a big living room, 2 dining rooms, 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The other house has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a dinning room and a very cozy living room. Both houses are independent. For those not yet bitten by the polo bug, there are also extensive riding trails around the property by car and horse, lower recreational hunting, traditional asados (barbeques), typical works of the gauchos with the cattle, playrooms (pool and metegol), tennis, practice of golf, motorbike, four track and bicycles, a soccer field and a swimming pool. (b) La Legua Polo Club To really experience polo, there is nowhere else in the world like in Pilar, Argentina. With the thriving metropolis of Buenos Aires surrounded by vast stretches of open countryside, you can truly experience the traditional, quiet life, whilst being only 45 minutes away from all the attractions, culture and fun that the capital has to offer. Inside the club facilities, you have 3 polo courts of a good level, a taqueo court, 115 boxes and 15 pens for horses. For those not yet bitten by the polo bug, there are also horse-riding trails around the club, playrooms (pool y ping pong), tennis, golf courses nearby, clubhouse, soccer field and a swimming pool. You also have the possibility of massages, gym classes, shopping malls, restaurants, cinema only 10 minutes away. 2. The ponies The horses raised in Argentina are considered as the best of the world and Estancia Sol de Mayo is one example of this. It is specialized in breeding, preparing and selling of polo horses offering from low to high handicap. Many of their breed have placed the 4 opens, Jockey Club Open, Tortugas Country Club Open, Hurlingham Club and Argentino de Palermo Open. Horses have been exported to Spain, United States, England and other countries. The reproducers being used at the moment are: Name Mother Father Open Elenco Open Xelene Rainbow corner Mari cla Borracho Borrachita Experiment Soy magnifico Magnifica Shy Tom Ellerstina Halley Ytacua Bengalita El Sol 3. Programs A typical day starts with a full breakfast. If you feel inclined you can then join the gauchos in the task of herding the ponies into the corral. This is followed by a stick and ball session or a lesson with one of our professional coaches. Then sit down to lunch and afterwards take a well earned siesta or relax in the sunshine by the pool. The afternoon comprises of a practice game followed by afternoon tea, or taking part in a local tournament. A traditional Argentine asado rounds off a perfect day. At Estancia Sol de Mayo and La Legua Polo Club we provide you with all the necessary equipment to play. You just have to bring the helmet, stud, boots and whip. If you can not bring all these, we will figure out how to get everything. Please call us at 800-929-4868 for more details!