Polo stay : estancias in Buenos Aires and Patagonia – 2
This trip around the Argentine polo make you discover two estancias dedicated to polo, Arelauquen in Bariloche, Patagonia, and La Eloisa in the province of Buenos Aires.
DAY 1: EZEIZA / LAS HERAS / ESTANCIA LA ELOISA
Activities: one of our drivers will meet you at Ezeiza international airport to take you to Las Heras in the Province of Buenos Aires, where the Estancia La Eloisa is located. After a few miles, you will find yourself immersed in the Argentine Pampas. These vast extensions of land, perfect for livestock breeding, make Argentina the “horsemen” country par excellence. The soul of the gaucho is omnipresent in this refined estancia. After a warm welcome and a briefing in the salon, a member of staff will take you on a tour of the estancia’s grounds, the polo field and the stables. Lunch: not included, or at the estancia, depending on your time of arrival. Distances: the estancia is 75 km, 1 hour from the airport. Dinner and accommodations: Estancia La Eloisa.
DAY 2 : ESTANCIA LA ELOISA
Activities: Estancia La Eloisa is a privileged place for learning to play or improving your polo skills: it has a team of specialists to guide you, introduce you to the game or improve your existing technique. The estancia’s park extends over 450 hectares and has three magnificent polo fields and two stables. First, you will take a test with the polo instructor to gauge your level. This will enable you to get the most out of your stay at the estancia. You will attend a daily theoretical class in which the rules of the sport, the position of the players, the possible strategies, etc. will be explained. Then you will continue to learn or practice your swinging technique with your coach, who will help you correct your riding posture and calibrate your shots. Lunch, dinner and accommodations: Estancia La Eloisa.
DAY 3: ESTANCIA LA ELOISA
Activities: the estancia has 5 rooms, each with a distinct and refined style, with personalized attention and exclusivity guaranteed. The environment is cozy so as to make you feel at home. You will take polo classes in the morning and in the afternoon. Outside the hours of the course, you will be able to continue with your training, but keep in mind this sport is a discipline of great intensity and La Eloisa also offers other activities to balance your day: enjoy a delicious asado, a great example of Argentine cuisine, visit a leather and gaucho articles workshop… You’ll also be able to enjoy the swimming pool, the tennis court, or simply go for a sulky ride. Lunch, dinner and accommodations: Estancia La Eloisa.
DAY 4: ESTANCIA LA ELOISA
Lunch, dinner and accommodations: Estancia La Eloisa.
DAY 5: ESTANCIA LA ELOISA / BUENOS AIRES / BARILOCHE / CIRCUITO CHICO / ARELAUQUEN
Activities: after a hearty breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Bariloche. You will leave behind the vast extensions of the Pampas to head to the mountains and lakes of Northern Patagonia. Upon arrival in Bariloche, a person from the lodge will greet you and take you to Arelauquen. After a lunch of Patagonian flavors you will enjoy your first outing to discover the region, accompanied by your chauffeur-guide. You will tour the Small Circuit, an excursion which begins on the southern shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi on the Llao Llao Peninsula. After 17 km (10.5 miles) you will arrive at the base of Mt. Campanario, where you’ll find a small chair lift which ascends 1050 meters (3445 feet). In the midst of a mosaic of lakes and peninsulas, the panoramic view is impressive: ideal for taking your time and enjoying the moment! At Km. 26 (Mile 16) of the peninsula, you will see the Llao Llao Hotel and the San Eduardo Chapel. The circuit crosses a wooded area and the road, as you continue upwards, you’ll discover successive exceptional panoramic viewpoints, until you reach the Swiss Colony. Distances: 80 km approximately (50 miles). Note: depending on the time of your flight, late lunch. Lunch, dinner and accommodations: Arelauquen Hotel.
DAY 6: ARELAUQUEN BARILOCHE
Activities: a full day dedicated to learning and practicing this sport of speed, skill, teamwork and strategy. In Argentina, the hometown of polo is still Buenos Aires Province, but professional polo players travel to the south of the country, from December to March, to escape the high temperatures of summer. Northern Patagonia is a refuge of fresh and pure air, where you’ll be able to enjoy the majestic surroundings. The day will begin with a leveling test of your equestrian technique and skill managing the stick. You will begin with Stick & Ball exercises under the expert supervision of your coach, or, if you are already an experienced player, you’ll be able to enjoy a match of 4 chukkers with first class opponents and other advanced alumni. The ex-Arelauquen Lodge covers 700 hectares and has 2 polo fields and 60 horses. Lunch, dinner and accommodations: Arelauquen Hotel.
DAY 7: ARELAUQUEN BARILOCHE
Activities: a new day of polo awaits. The polo club is only 10 minutes by car from the lodge, located at the highest point of the property. You’ll be able to take two swinging classes during the day, or a swinging class and a 4 chukker practice during the afternoon… it all depends on how much energy you have! This club is distinctive in that it’s open to the public: thus, you will be able to play against polo players from all over the world and of all levels. You will also enjoy the amenities of this magnificent lodge, such as its heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, the tennis courts, the sauna and an 18-hole golf course. Lunch, dinner and accommodations: Arelauquen Hotel.
DAY 8: ARELAUQUEN / VILLA CATEDRAL / REFUGIO LYNCH / ARELAUQUEN
Activities: after breakfast at the lodge, your guide will pick you up for a second excursion. You will head towards Mt. Cathedral, take a chair lift and reach 1,800 meters (5,905 feet) above sea level. Then, a chair lift will take you to the Lynch Refuge. In addition to an excellent lunch, you’ll enjoy a stunning view of the cordillera and all the lakes. From the refuge, you may take a brief walk to the Mt. Tronador panoramic viewpoint, the highest peak in the region at 3,474 meters (11,400 feet). Covered in snow, it marks the border with Chile. Distances: 30 km (18.6 miles) round trip, from Arelauquen to Villa Catedral. Lunch: at the Lynch Refuge. Dinner and accommodations: Arelauquen Hotel.
DAY 9: ARELAUQUEN / BARILOCHE / BUENOS AIRES
Activities: you’ll have half a day to continue to enjoy this beautiful lodge. In addition to having access to the amenities, Arelauquen may also organize other outdoor activities: cavalcades or guided trekking, hang-gliding, kayak, mountaineering, trout fishing… After a final lunch overlooking Lake Gutierrez, we will accompany you to Bariloche airport. After a 2 hour 20 min flight, your guide will be waiting in Buenos Aires to drive you to the hotel. Once installed, you will attend a dinner show and discover the passion and grace of tango. Argentina continues to reveal its soul! Note: the use of the amenities, such as the fitness center, the sauna, the pools, the tennis and squash courts, is included in the pricing. The activities outside the lodge are payable on location: kayak, horseback riding, trekking. For fishing, mountaineering and hand-gliding, prices vary according to the season. Lunch: at the Arelauquen Lodge. Dinner show: at the Esquina Carlos Garden restaurant or equivalent, VIP seats. Accommodations: Madero Hotel or equivalent.
DAY 10: BUENOS AIRES / INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Activities: Before leaving for the airport, we will discover Buenos Aires and/or, according to your preference, go shopping. The leather-goods and gaucho article shops offer typical and original products. The city tour runs through /en/regions-of-argentina/buenos-aires-province/buenos-aires-city#9dejulio , the widest avenue in the world with its 65 meter (213 feet) obelisk and Avenida de Mayo, which is well known for its buildings of Galician architecture influence. At Plaza de Mayo you will discover the Casa Rosada, the president’s HQ. You will then visit the La Boca neighborhood, with its colorful houses made with recovered material from ships, inspiration for painters and poets. You can then visit San Telmo, home of antiques shops and traditional Tango bars. Recoleta is a traditional residential neighborhood, where walking is a true pleasure due to its numerous parks and squares. To end the tour, you’ll visit Puerto Madero, the old city port which has recently been completely refurbished. Lunch: at the Gardiner restaurant or similar. Dinner and night: on the plane.