Argentinians have been the World Champions in Polo since 1949 till today.
Polo has been played in Argentina since 1870.
Soon it became more popular than the all native game of "Pato", that gauchos used to play since 1610, which is rather similar.
Of the more than 3000 Argentine polo players there are, some of them are internacionally well known belonging to the most traditional families from the countryside, such as Bautista, Horacio, Alberto y Eduardo Heguy, Juan Carlos Harriot, Alfredo Harriot, Adolfo Cambiasso, Enrique Alberdi, Juan A. Traill, Mariano Aguerre, Javier Novillo Astrada .
The main teams are:
Indios Chapaleufu (ganador del ultimo Campeonato)
North Santa Fe.
In Buenos Aires city, at the Campo Argentino de Polo, (Av. del Libertador y Dorrego), the world famous championship: Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo is played. The championship begins in August, generally in other fields of the Northern area of the Gran Buenos Aires, finishing by December in Palermo.
The US and Great Britain import Argentine polo horses, which have great speed, quality and stamina.
Argentina is famous for polo, although this sport is only popular among the high class. We have world famous players in our teams and the horses are among the best in the world.
If you're interested in watching a match, then check the webpage below for information about dates.
Set in the stunning surroundings of the Argentine countryside, Puesto Viejo Polo Days give visitors to Buenos Aires the opportunity to learn more about the game, enjoy a lesson with a professional bi-lingual instructor and watch polo club members play in an adrenaline fuelled match. No previous riding experience is required!
Guests are collected from the city centre in the morning and travel to the province by private car to Puesto Viejo Estancia and Polo Club in Canuelas, less than an hour away. On arrival, they meet resident polo professional and bi-lingual teacher, Gaston Carrozzo, and enjoy the traditional Argentine drink, mate. Gaston gives an overview of the sport before taking them on a tour of the stables and the estancia. Following an initial instruction at ground level, guests then get up on the horses and try polo first hand. After a morning on the field, a well deserved delicious lunch of homemade Argentine cuisine is served under the trees, surrounded by nature and stunning views. After lunch, guests have the option to explore the estancia on foot or by bike or just relax by the infinity pool. Later in the afternoon, a second polo lesson or mini match with Gaston helps guests develop the skills they learned in the morning. Afterwards, guests watch polo club members and professionals playing a 4 chukker match with Gaston on hand to talk them through what is going on and answer any questions. Guests also have the option to get more involved in the game, throwing in the ball and ringing the chukker bell, ideal photo opportunities! Guests are taken back to the city around 7pm, to share their new-found polo knowledge, skills and stories with friends!
Equipment: All polo equipment will be provided.
Guests are advised to bring trousers and boots/trainers for riding and swimming things (and towel) if they wish to use the pool.
November & December are the best months to watch. I was lucky enough to see the final in December.
Tickets only need to be purchased in advance for the final, but they can be bought outside for a high price.
Argentinian players are the main exponents of this sport, that was brought here in 1877.
If you visit Argentina in November or December, you can enjoy the Argentine Open. Like Wimbledon in tennis, it is the most important tournament in the world, as the collective level of players is not seen anywhere else.
In Buenos Aires you can watch the world's best polo players. This sport has a great tradition in Argentina and is mainly viewed and played by the wealthy people. There are playgrounds in Palermo. If you don't mind going a little further outside, go to the Hurlingham Polo Club. Tournaments take place regularly.
Argentina Polo Day is an ideal program for those looking to learn some of the secrets of one of the most traditional and unique sports the country has to offer.
Includes an introduction to the Polo Pony. A horse trainer will explain how the polo ponies are chosen for the sport, their bloodlines, and how they are trained. Visitors can also watch practice drills and learn about what it takes to train a great polo pony.
Enjoy an unforgettable Argentine Asado (barbeque) with select Argentine beef and Argentine wine.
Learn about the fundamentals of polo and its history.
Watch a LIVE polo match and see this intricate and fast-paced game happen in front of you.
Take a horseback ride through the countryside and even learn how to play polo by taking initial polo lessons!
It is unique because it is available any season, all day they have polo games, and it is located just 45 minutes away the city of Buenos Aires.
Equipment: Bring comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes and your camara of course!
Guapa Polo offers personalised polo days out in the Argentine countryside for visitors of all horse-riding abilities, including those who've never ridden before. You'll learn the basics of the famous Argentinian game, with top, extremely well-trained polo horses, alongside an Anglo-Argentine couple that'll make you feel at home at the gorgeous, working estancia. Transfers and a delicious, quality asado (bbq) and wine are included in the day out. If you're looking for a truly authentic Argentine polo experience, this is it. Check out: guapapolo.com.ar
Equipment: Transfers included. Just bring long trousers and a smile!
Polo is a very watched sport in Buenos Aires.
You can watch it for example at Campo Argentino de Polo (Av. del Libertador y Dorrego).