Passion for Polo
Arrive at Ezeiza international airport and transfer into Argentina’s cosmopolitan, bustling capital, Buenos Aires, an exquisite combination of European atmosphere with the charm of Latin America. Check into a Belle Époque landmark built in 1932, Buenos Aires’ most exclusive, non-chain hotel, The Alvear Palace. Located in the heart of Recoleta neighborhood, this area of the capital is where Fin de Siècle French architecture and grandiose buildings whisper of the wealth from the early 19th century. Completely renovated in 2004, the Alvear has classical European decor with luxurious, spacious rooms and superb service. Or, stay at the Faena Hotel + Universe in the trendy art neighborhood of Puerto Madero, once part of Buenos Aires’ docks. More than a hotel, it’s a universe. Settle into the exquisitely decorated rooms that are stylish and playful in layout, textures, and comfort.
After lunch, and a well-earned siesta, meet your guide, an academic scholar, who brings alive the city’s fascinating social, political, and cultural life. Visit the highlights of Buenos Aires, admiring the capital’s transformation from a village into a grand metropolis with stops in the microcentro at the grand Plaza de Mayo, the ornate National Congress, cobblestone-covered San Telmo, the Italian immigrant area known as La Boca, the renovated docks of Puerto Madero, and finally the posh neighborhoods of Palermo and Recoleta, visiting the famous cemetery with its distinct airs of Europe. The rest of the day is yours to decompress. (Alvear Palace or Hotel Faena)
As one of Latin America’s fashion capitals, the range of upscale boutiques is endless in this cosmopolitan city. To help make the most of your time in what could be an overwhelming sea of options, we’ve enlisted the help of a personal shopper who knows the best places to go for anything–and everything! In the market for some gorgeous silverwork from renowned local artists? We’ll schedule a visit to his taller. Itching for premium leather? We’ll take you to have your custom made jacket designed. Perhaps you seek gorgeous artisan-made handicrafts from the different regions of Argentina? How about beautifully woven decorative ponchos to cozy alpaca throws. Join forces with your shopper, driver, and you’re off!
Afterwards, savor an intimate, private luncheon is in fashionable Palermo Soho at the private home of one of Argentina’s top sommeliers. Let the attentive sommelier and staff woe you with a guided, multi-course luncheon paired with wines from Patagonia to Salta and Mendoza. Beyond the delectable food & wine find out what makes Argentines and their society tick. (Alvear Palace or Hotel Faena)
Argentina is one of the best places to experience Polo in the world with top-level players and tournaments. Join in the passion for this sport and head for one of the matches held throughout the year at the famous polo field in Palermo—or if you’re in town in late November, join in the action of the Abierto Palermo polo championship. Your English-speaking guide will accompany you to translate the action of the chukkas in real time. Just sit back from your seats and enjoy the game.
Later in the evening, head to a private tango studio and petit palais, of one Buenos Aires premier tango dancers. The owners, a duet, have taught the likes of Lady Di, the Clintons, and even Frank Sinatra! With a bilingual instructor, learn the basic steps of this passionate, heartfelt dance. Practice makes perfect.
Afterwards, head to Puerto Madero to experience BA’s hottest tango show. Beautifully choreographed, costumed and produced, the top-talent dancers, musicians and vocalists evoke the melodrama and nostalgia of the tango with a modern edge. The venue, an all-red El Cabaret, creates a seductive, stylish atmosphere. Before the show, enjoy a mouth-watering gourmet dinner. Then, sip your fernet cola, the favorite local mixer, or Malbec, and experience the moody, sensual, and oh-so-Argentine tango. (Alvear Palace or Hotel Faena)
This morning fly from the domestic airport to the city of Córdoba in central Argentina. Rendezvous with your driver and journey deep in the rolling hills, or Sierra Cordobese. Arrive at a delightful estancia de charme, the dream of a French couple who fell madly in love with Argentina. Now a working farm and Relais & Chateaux property, this elegant hotel has gorgeous vistas of the undulating geography and feels more like visiting wealthy friends. Settle into sublime food made with farm-fresh produce from their organic garden, locally sourced grass fed meats, artisan cheeses and cured salami, and homemade bread and sinfully delicious dulce de leche. Set off to play golf, dove hunt, ride, or read a book. Savor the simple pleasures of life. (Estancia El Colibri)
Sleep in. Awake only to the chattering of birds outside your window or a rooster crying in the distance. Life in the campo has another rhythm. Given that El Colibri is a horse paradise, saddle up with the gaucho Juan and wander off towards the Jesuit missions. Explore the dried riverbed teeming with bird life on horseback. Love polo? Meet up with Mauro, the in-house polo instructor, to take your first class–or perfect the sport. Do an intensive riding lesson to bone up on cantering and galloping. Do as you wish, when you want. (Estancia El Colibri)
Today is totally free to enjoy. Have breakfast in bed. Go for a swim, a walk, or have a massage. Transfer after lunch to the airport for your departing flight back to Buenos Aires or onward to other destinations in Argentina or South America.