Polo Equestrian Training in an Argentine Estancia

Argentina | 10 days | Level: Amateur
Starting from 3,290 €
Custom departure dates all year
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Infos

10 days, 9 nights (including the overnight flight), 6 days of polo training

PRICES WITHOUT FLIGHTS UPON REQUEST

A horse riding holiday in Argentina where polo is more than a sport – it’s a way of life, mixing passion, the joy of the game and a festive atmosphere.

A unique one-week programme (extension to two weeks possible) in the country of horses and polo for an initiation or improvement course in the game of polo, whilst being completely immersed in the Argentine tradition of a polo horse farm, learning the game, the language, the history and also typical life in the Pampas, in a young, dynamic and festive environment!

You’ll enjoy:

  • Learning or perfecting your polo skills with Argentine polo professionals.
  • Discovering the life of a real working estancia ranch and Argentine Polo in Pilar, the “polo Mecca of Argentina”
  • Daily Argentine polo practice on horseback
  • The friendly and relaxed Argentine welcome
  • Meeting other enthusiastic and passionate riders from all walks of life
  • The festive atmosphere of Argentine nights
Price Infos Min. occup.
Custom departure dates all year 3,390 € from 16th September to 15th November 1 Book now
Custom departure dates all year 3,290 € from 07th January to 15th September 1 Book now
Custom departure dates all year 3,490 € from 20th November au 18th December 1 Book now

Trip available all year round except during the estancia’s annual closure from late December to early January.

Option of 2-week trip (16 days, 15 nights and 12 days of polo):

-From January to mid-September: €4590/person

-From mid-September to mid-November: €4790/person

-From mid-November to mid-December: €4990/person


PRICE DETAILS

Included in the price:

  • Paris - Buenos Aires return flights*
  • Full board and accommodation for the duration of the trip
  • Car or minivan transfers for the duration of the trip
  • Full board except meals marked “free time” in the programme
  • Drinks (except for wine and other alcoholic beverages) at meal times at the estancia
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Tack and equipment for your horse
  • Horse riding equipment specific to polo (hat, knee pads, mallet)
  • Practical and theory polo lessons
  • Participating in a polo match with professionals
  • Application fee
  • Financial guarantee of all money deposited with Caval&go


Not included in the price:

  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks at meal times
  • Optional visits and activities
  • Standard horse riding equipment for the rider: boots and jodhpurs - traditionally white or light coloured (it is possible to order and buy jodhpurs and polo hat once you have arrived)
  • Single room supplement (if applicable)
  • The rider’s individual travel insurance

Prices calculated according to currently known rates, subject to availability of flights departing from Paris, limited places available. For departures outside Paris, we can suggest flights, usually at the same rate. At the time of booking, if there is no flight availability at these prices, we will propose an alternative which may incur an adjustment in prices.

Caval&go / SARL CHAGRITAS AVENTURES reserves the right to adjust its prices in order to take into account varying transport costs and exchange rates applicable to the trip in question, or increases in price of certain services at the destination (such as the entry price at certain tourist attractions). See  general terms and conditions of purchase.

visite de Buenos Aires en Argentine

This itinerary is given as a guide only – some days may be changed depending on events, availability of the spaces and the weather. Depending on dates and availability, there is the option of going to a polo match at the neighbouring polo clubs, going to Gaucho rodeos, horse competitions, polo pony auctions and other traditional events in the area. Option of taking Spanish lessons at the estancia on request.

Day 1. Saturday: Europe - Argentina - Buenos Aires airport - Polo Estancia
Arrival at Buenos Aires airport. Transfer to Buenos Aires to visit a shop specialising in made-to-measure leather polo boots, where you can order your own material and leather boots if you wish. Lunch in Buenos Aires. In the afternoon, you will visit another specialist shop, this time to choose a mallet to suit your height in the colours you prefer. After a visit around town, you will arrive at the polo estancia in the late afternoon, located in the town of Pilar, known worldwide for its polo estancias, horses and polo players. Welcome drink, dinner and night in a comfortable room.

Day 2. Sunday: Free day or visit to Buenos Aires 
Free day to discover life at the estancia or take this opportunity for some free time in Buenos Aires.
Evening and dinner at the estancia. DVD presentation of the Argentine Open Polo final.

Stage d'équitation de polo en Argentine

Day 3. Monday: Polo Estancia - Riding 
Morning: Presentation of the training programme and the farm.
Afternoon: Introduction to polo - working on foot to learn the movements, practising your swing on a wooden horse, and how to mount the horse.  
Evening: Debrief on the first polo lesson and dinner at the estancia

Day 4. Tuesday: Polo Estancia - Riding
Morning: Session at the Estancia: lesson and presentation of polo material, looking after it and using it. Learning the basic moves on horseback.
Afternoon: Stick and ball polo lesson (individual practice on horseback to learn how to aim the ball with the mallet) – practice scoring and short chukkas (match practice)
Evening: Evening in town - bar & restaurant

Initiation au polo en Argentine sur un cheval de bois

Day 5. Wednesday: Polo Estancia - Riding 
Morning: Session at the Estancia: learn to saddle a horse to play polo and to put on polo bandages. Polo practice on a small horse.
Afternoon: Polo lesson: on-foot work with the mallet, positions on the field and short chukkas.
Evening: Theory session on the rules of polo & dinner.

Day 6. Thursday: Polo Estancia - Riding 
Morning: Session at the Estancia: learning with the horses
Afternoon: Stick and ball, short chukkas, practice on horseback
Evening: Argentine barbecue (asado) for dinner at the estancia

Grand Asado argentin pour fêter la fin du tournoi de polo

Day 7. Friday: Polo Estancia - Riding – Shopping and evening in Buenos Aires
Morning: Polo lesson, stick and ball, and short chukkas
Afternoon: Trip to shops specialising in polo equipment
Evening: Bars and clubs of Buenos Aires

stage d'équitation et tournoi de polo en Argentine

Day 8. Saturday: Polo Estancia
Breakfast at the estancia. Morning: Polo lesson, stick and ball, and short chukkas
Free afternoon. Evening at the estancia.

Day 9. Sunday: Polo Estancia - Buenos Aires Airport
Transfers to Buenos Aires airport according to the time of your return flight.


Day 10. Monday: Arrival in Europe.

Fin du stage équestre polo en Argentine

Cheval Criollo en Argentine

HORSES
Argentine polo ponies, crossbred criollos and thoroughbred English horses. They are fast and full of stamina as they have to make swift starts in the game of polo. Their incredible handling means they can turn 360°, change their footing and stop dead, all commanded by the rider changing their position in the saddle. Lively and alert, these horses remain calm and willing throughout the duration of a match.

RIDING ABILITY
For experienced riders who are comfortable riding at all paces.
Polo experience is not obligatory but it is strongly recommended that you are able to ride well at all paces and are steady in the saddle in order to practise this sport that combines rapidity and skill.
Maximum weight of rider: 100 kg

TACK
High quality saddles and tack, adapted to polo playing.
The saddle has practically no saddle flaps or padding under the main flap, allowing the knee to grip the saddle tightly. The stirrups are wide to avoid splitting during a match. Martingales and double bridles are often obligatory. Numnah and bandages to protect the horse's tendons.

Selle, casques, maillets, tout l'équipement de polo

RIDER’S EQUIPMENT
Polo-specific equipment will be provided: hat, kneepads to protect against impact from other players, mallets, balls. You only need to bring standard riding equipment: boots, gloves, jodhpurs (preferably white or light coloured).

Material will be lent to you for the duration of your trip with the option to buy your own equipment once you are there should you wish. This is made to measure, so you will need to provide your measurements one month before your date of arrival. The same applies if you would like to order traditional white jodhpurs.

EQUESTRIAN GUIDE
Your Argentine host, who is a polo horse breeder and is passionate about the sport, will show you each stage of what it takes to take a horse to professional level. An enthusiastic teacher, he will introduce you to the game via theory lessons, but above all on the polo field.

Professional players will help to complete your training and you will have the occasion to participate in a real match with them. All of the instructors have professional experience in polo and can teach you the knowledge they have acquired during their regular travels abroad.

Match de polo en Argentine

COUNTRY
Argentina

TRIP LENGTH
10 days, 9 nights, 6 days horse riding

GROUP SIZE
6 - 20 riders

LANGUAGES
Spanish / English (French possible upon request)

AIRPORT
Buenos Aires (EZE)

REQUIREMENTS
Passport valid for 6 months after the return date

HEALTH
It is essential that you are up to date with your diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccinations. Hepatitis A, typhoid and yellow fever vaccinations are recommended. Protection against mosquitos (insect repellent, mosquito nets) is essential.

Chevaux dans le parc de l'estancia en Argentine

MEALS & ACCOMMODATION
You will stay at an authentic Argentine estancia, with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Communal dormitories and bathrooms. Typical Argentine food prepared at the estancia, asado evenings, trips to restaurants, typical Argentine evenings.

SUPERVISION
You will be taken care of from the moment you land right up until your return flight home.
All transfers are timed to enable you to fully enjoy your free time without worrying about organisation and timing.

stage d'équitation de polo en estancia Argentine

WEATHER & EQUIPMENT
There is a temperate climate in The Pampas and Buenos Aires with an average temperature of 16°C. The days are long in summer with temperatures varying between 18 and 28°C. In The Pampas, contrary to the city, it can be cool in the evenings.
It is particularly pleasant in spring and autumn in Buenos Aires.
Other than standard riding equipment, no extra equipment is needed. (see Horses and Equestrian Info)

Baignade avec les chevaux après un match de polo en Argentine

Randonnée à cheval autour des lacs de patagonie argentine

Before or after your trek, you have the option of extending your stay in this vast country. We can help you create a personalised itinerary - contact us.

  • Discovering the glacier region of El Calafate – visiting the Perito Moreno glacier and the Fitz Roy mountain chain
  • Patagonia in the Argentine summer from November to March
  • The region of San Carlos de Bariloche, trek possible. 
  • Tierra del Fuego & Ushuaia
  • Northern Argentina: Salta, Cordoba, the magnificent Iguaçu waterfalls

Special trip to the Palermo Polo Open: Arrive 4th December and watch the final of this prestigious championship in Palermo. Not to be missed!

Extension of 3 days and 3 nights, including a ticket to the final of the Palermo Polo Open with free time in Buenos Aires before joining the group at the estancia in The Pampas. Extension price of €425/person.

In the land of the gauchos, the sport of kings is the order of the day every year in Argentina at the most exciting polo tournament in the world: The Palermo Polo Open. On the 3-hectare terrain in the centre of the city, the most prestigious 8 polo teams of the Argentine championship and the best players of the world come head to head. 

 

Trip comments

  • Jean-François, Paris

    July 17, 2012, 4:16 p.m.

    4

    Excellent stage d’initiation et de perfectionnement de polo, coaching très efficace par un joueur professionnel Mariano Darritchon, progrès très rapide et grands moyens (150 chevaux, 3 terrains de polo, une dizaine de grooms…), matchs très intenses en 4 chukkers chaque après-midi avec les autres clients (en majorité anglo-saxons) et des joueurs professionnels argentins (impressionnants !), polo poneys parfaitement adaptés. Ambiance rustique, conviviale et familiale très sympathique, discussions d’après-match en partageant le maté pour se remettre de nos émotions et de nos efforts.

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