Sport in Argentina

Polo match

Argentina's national game is fútbol (soccer), which was introduced in the 1860s by British soldiers. The Argentinian national team has become one of the best in the world and won World Cup titles in 1978 and 1986. In the streets, you may hear "Boca or River?" on the day of a fútbol game between the Boca Juniors and the River Plate team. Some Porteños ask this to strangers because they assume everybody is interested in fútbol.

Since an Argentinian team won the first Olympic gold medal in polo in 1924, Argentinians have dominated the sport. Polo is played by teams of four on horseback. Players use long wooden mallets to hit a wooden ball the size of a tennis ball towards a goal at the end of the field. Polo ponies are small thoroughbreds that are specially trained for the sport. Both Argentinian ponies and Argentinian polo players are sought by polo teams in other countries. The polo player Gonzalo Pieres is one of the best in the world.

Did you know?

 

That Argentina won both Basket and football gold medal in Athens 2004.

 

Pato is a special Argentinian sport, first played by the Gauchos. Pato means "duck." Pato was originally played by two teams on horseback using a duck in a leather pouch with handles. Two players would grab the handles and pull until one let go. The winning eam would ride away, while the opposing team tried to stop them and grab the pato. The sport became dangerous and it was banned in 1882. In the late 1930s, the sport was revived with new rules. Now two teams of four men on horseback attempt to throw the modern pato, a leather ball with six handles, into one of two baskets at either end of a large field.

Basketball, Volleyball and rugby are very important sports as well. The country got the 2ND place in the last basketball world cup and the 1st place in the last Olympic Games in Athens, aften beating the Dream Team in semifinals and Italy in the final. While the national team reached the final again in Basketball World Cup 2006.

Another sport that has become quite important is the Field hockey where the Argentinean Women Team won the last world cup in Perth - Australia.

Horse racing is another popular spectator sport. Races are held throughout the year. The two most important events are the Argentine Republic Prize, held in April, and the Grand National in November.

Tennis was once a sport reserved for the wealthy until the Argentinian Guillermo Vilas did well in international competitions. Now it is played by young people throughout the country. Gabriela Sabatini was ranked as one of the top women tennis players during her teenage years.

Families often go to the Atlantic coast in summer. Mar del Plata, southeast of Buenos Aires Province, is a popular destination for summer holidays. In winter, many Argentinians enjoy Andinismo, which means hiking, mountain-climbing or alpine or cross-country skiing in the Andes Mountains.


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Argentina Tours

  • Buenos Aires 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport - Dowtown Hotel in the city in private
    - City Tour
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included

    Rates from USD 283

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  • Buenos Aires 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport
    - Dowtown Hotel in the city in private
    - City Tour
    - Dinner-Tango Show
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included

    Rates from USD 342

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  • Buenos Aires 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport - Dowtown Hotel in private
    - City Tour t in private
    - Dinner-Tango Show
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included
    Rates from USD 459

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  • Iguazú 3 Stars
    3 days/2 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 140

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  • Iguazú 4 Stars
    3 days/2nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 175

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  • Iguazú 5 Stars
    3 days/2 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 252

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  • El Calafate 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 430

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  • El Calafate 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 322

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  • El Calafate 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included

    Rates from USD 263

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  • Ushuaia 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 486

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  • Ushuaia 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 339

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  • Ushuaia 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 279

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  • Puerto Madryn 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Peninsula de Valdes Excursion
    - National Reservation Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 466

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  • Puerto Madryn 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Peninsula de Valdes Excursion
    - National Reservation Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 385

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  • Puerto Madryn 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Peninsula de Valdes Excursion
    - National Reservation Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 302

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  • Bariloche 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 300

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  • Bariloche 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 219

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  • Bariloche 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 190

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  • Mendoza 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour
    - Visit Wineries


    Rates from USD 245

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  • Mendoza 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Visit Wineries
    - Wineries Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 167

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  • Mendoza 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - High Mountain Excursion
    - City Tour
    - Visit Wineries
    Rates from USD 190

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  • Salta 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 191

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  • Salta 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    -  National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 288

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  • Salta 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 163

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  • Iguazú 3 stars by bus
    6 Days / 3 Nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast Hotel 3*
    - Transfers in / out IGR Bus Terminal - Hotel
    Semi Bed Bus tickets 
    - Iguazu Falls Brazilian side and Argentinean side
    - Does not include National Parks Tickets


    Rates from USD 400

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  • Buenos Aires Super Economic
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport - Dowtown Hotel in the city in private
    - City Tour
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining

    Rates from USD 147

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  • Bariloche 3 Stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at the Hotel
    - Transfers in / out Bus Terminal - Hotel
    - Semibed Bus Ticket
    - Tour Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point
    - National Parks tickets are not included


    Rates from USD 424

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  • Mendoza 3 stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at the Cordon del Plata Hotel
    - Bus ticket Buenos Aires - Mendoza round trip
    - City Tour
    - Wineries Tour


    Rates from USD 284

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  • Salta 3 stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at thelPosada del Marques Hotel
    - Transfers in / out to the Hotel
    - Semi bed Bus Tickets
    - City tour

    Rates from USD 373

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  • El Calafate Special Offer
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 205

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  • Iguazu Special Offer
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 111

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  • Full Northwest Program
    7 days
    Transfers between cities with guides
    Breakfast in all hotels
    1 night at 3 * Hotel in Tucumán
    • 1 night at 3 * hotel in Cafayate
    • 4 nights at 3* hotel in Salta 
    Includes all excursions mentioned in the program
    Taxes
    Rates from USD 480

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  • Córdoba 3 Stars
    •Transfers in/out Aeroport - Hotel
    •3 nights at selected hotel with breakfast included
    •1 adventure tour  (trasnfers + guide + assitance included)
    •Specialized guides
    •National Parks tickets are not included
    Rates from USD 148

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  • Córdoba 4 Stars
    •Transfers in/out Aeroport - Hotel
    •3 nights at selected hotel with breakfast included
    •1 adventure tour  (trasnfers + guide + assitance included)
    •Specialized guides
    •National Parks tickets are not included
    Rates from USD 230

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  • Córdoba 5 Stars
    •Transfers in/out Aeroport - Hotel
    •3 nights at selected hotel with breakfast included
    •1 adventure tour  (trasnfers + guide + assitance included)
    •Specialized guides
    •National Parks tickets are not included
    Rates from USD 318

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  • Valle de Uco Mendoza Experience
    3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    Private Transfer in / out Airport - Hotel


    Extra Activity reccomended: Private Full Day Winery in Uco Valley with lunch included
    Rates from USD 374.00

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  • San Luis - Villa de Merlo 3 Star
    4 days - 3 nights
    Includes
    Transfers in/out bus station - hotel
    3 nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast
    Circuito Chico Tour
    Rates from USD 329

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  • San Luis - Villa de Merlo 4 Star
    4 days - 3 nights
    Includes
    Transfers in/out bus station - hotel
    3 nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast
    Circuito Chico Tour
    Ticket Bus 

    Rates from USD 416

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  • Cerro Catedral
    - Transfer Airport / Village Catedral Hotel / Aiport
    - 4 nights accomodation at Village Catedral Hotel

    * Hotel opening on December 28th
    * 30% off booking before Dcemeber 1st
    * Valid rates only for Argentinean residentes. Ask for rates to non residentes 

    Rates from USD 271.00

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  • Mendoza + San Rafael
    7 days - 6 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Mendoza
    - Transfers airport / hotel
    - City Tour in Mendoza - Wineries
    - Bus ticket Mendoza / San Rafael / Mendoza bus -
    3 nights accommodation with breakfast in San Rafael
    - City Tour in San Rafael
    - 1 night accomodation with breakfast in Mendoza
    - Transfer Hotel / Aiport
    Rates from USD 378

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  • Valley of the Moon- Talampaya
    4 days / 3 nights
    It includes: • Transfers Airport / Hotel / Airport • 2 nights in San Juan with breakfast • Grand City Tour • 1 night in Fertile Valley with half board ( * 1 ) • Visit to the Ischigualasto and Talampaya Parks. • Slope Huaco Tour • Guide assistance during the hole tour. • Not included: Entrance to the Parks and Museums. Internal van in Talampaya . Frecuency: whole year .
    Rates from USD 419

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  • Salta & Jujuy
    5 days / 4 nights

    • Transfers between cities with guides
    • Breakfast in all hotels
    • 3 nights at 3 * Hotel in Salta
    • 1 night at 3* hotel in Purmamarca
    • Includes all excursions mentioned in the program
    • Taxes


    Rates from USD 385

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